Sanma Akashiya

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Sanma Akashiya
Birth name Takafumi Sugimoto (杉本 高文)
Native name 明石家 さんま
Born (1955-07-01) July 1, 1955 (age 61)
Kushimoto, Wakayama, Japan
(raised in Nara)
Medium Television
Nationality Japanese
Years active 1974–Present
Employer Yoshimoto Kogyo
Genres Owarai
Spouse Shinobu Otake (1988–1992)
Children Imalu

Sanma Akashiya (明石家 さんま Akashiya Sanma?, born July 1, 1955 in Kushimoto, Wakayama) is a Japanese TV comedian[1] and actor simply known as Sanma. His real name is Takafumi Sugimoto (杉本 高文 Sugimoto Takafumi?).[citation needed] His talent agency is Yoshimoto Kogyo.

Together with Beat Takeshi and Tamori, Sanma is said to be one of the "Big Three" television comedians of Japan.[2] He is known for his ability to endlessly carry a conversation. His protruding front teeth are often ridiculed even by himself.

Personal life[edit]

Akashiya was once married to actress Shinobu Otake,[3] who he met at filmage of the drama series Danjo Shichinin Natsumonogatari. They had one daughter Imalu Otake, born in 1989.[4]

TV programs[edit]

Present
  • Odoru! Sanma Goten!! (踊る!さんま御殿!!?) (Nippon TV) (1997–Present)
  • Tūkai! Akashiya TV (痛快!明石家電視台?) (MBS) (1990–Present)
  • Sanma no Manma (さんまのまんま?) (Kansai TV) (1985–Present)
  • Honmadekka!? TV (ホンマでっか!?TV?) (Fuji TV) (2009–Present)
  • Sanma Improvement Committee (さんまのお笑い向上委員会?) (Fuji TV) (2015–Present)
Past
  • Koi no Karasawagi (恋のから騒ぎ (Much Ado About Love)?) (Nippon TV) (1994-2011)
  • Sanma-no Karakuri TV (さんまのからくりTV?) (TBS) (1992-1996)
  • Sanma-no Super Karakuri TV (さんまのSUPERからくりTV?) (Tokyo Broadcasting System|TBS) (1996-2014)
  • "Appare Sanma" Series (「あっぱれさんま」シリーズ?) (Fuji TV) (1988-2009)
    • Appare Sanma Daisensei (あっぱれさんま大先生?)
    • Yappari Sanma Daisensei (やっぱりさんま大先生?)
    • Sanma Daisensei ga iku! (さんま大先生が行く!?)
    • Appare!! Sanma Daikyōju (あっぱれ!!さんま大教授?)
    • Appare!! Sanma Shinkyōju (あっぱれ!!さんま新教授?)
  • Oretachi Hyoukinzoku (オレたちひょうきん族?) (Fuji TV) (1981-1989)
  • Waratte Iitomo! (森田一義アワー 笑っていいとも! (It's Okay to Laugh!)?) (Fuji TV) (1984-1995, as Friday regular member)

TV series[edit]

  • Danjo Shichinin Natsumonogatari (男女7人夏物語?) (TBS) (1986)
  • Danjo Shichinin Akimonogatari (男女7人秋物語?) (TBS) (1987)
  • Hatachi no Koibito (ハタチの恋人?) (TBS) (2007)

Radio[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sakana-kun in Tohoku; Sanma x Okamura; CM of the week: Sukiya". The Japan Times. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Sanma, Tamori, Takeshi to co-host NTV comedy specials ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion". Japantoday.com. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2014-12-05. 
  3. ^ Tanaka, Nobuko. "Romance at the edge of reason". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2014-12-05. 
  4. ^ "'The Cat Lawyer and the Invisible Man'; Imalu as a barista; CM of the week: Loto 7". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2014-12-05.