Robot Rakugo Performance – October 1st

robot story teller

The Robot Japan organizers are staging a Robot Rakugo performance for October 1st featuring traditional Japanese storytelling performed totally by a humanoid robot. Rakugo is similar, in some respects, to American standup comedy routines with distinctions like the story teller performs while seated on their knees on a small cushion. The only props allowed are a small Japanese fan. The stories, which feature lots of plot twists, surprises, and often a hilarious punch line, can go on for quite a long time - sometimes for 10 or even 20 minutes.

The October performance at the Tsukiji Hongwanji Buddhist Hall in Tokyo  will be in Japanese and is open to the public. Tickets are 1,500 yen.

(Via Robot Rakugo Performance.)

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  1. Has this been done before? And are the robots preprogrammed with a script and are just reciting it? Or are they adlibbing?

    • Erin: I’m not sure if it has been done before. The robot motions are preprogrammed with a script. The narration is done by a professional rakugo performer and then the motions and narration are sync’d.

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