Wasn't Perfect Liars Club last night fantastic! Aziz told a tragic tale of his father's frugality/lawbreaking leading him to miss the Star Wars birthday treat of his dreams. Dita described how the notorious Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi made a model of her... anatomy. Anne claimed to have been mistaken for another girl in a wheelchair at a festival fundraising for... that other girl. And Philip described his very bad day at work, incorporating a pseudo heart attack and a dramatic Firefly-inspired meltdown. Each storyteller was suspected. But Anne's answer to one too many questions was 'Hey, it was the 70s...' So when it came to the vote, a resounding majority of the audience voted her the most likely liar. Next up was Dita. Then Aziz, and finally Philip. The drumroll commenced. And then the big reveal. It was Aziz! Only a paltry 10 people guessed correctly! Better luck at our next show on June 1st - tickets on sale now! PS Here's some photos.
Sat 13 May - For all you fit people, today is the Tokyo Yamathon. Then tonight it's Comedy Sumo Slam! Fantastic comedy gameshow where two teams of comics compete to be amusing on current affairs and off the cuff topics. I won't be able to participate due to the venue's lack of wheelchair access for a visiting friend, but this is always a smart, funny night! Oooh and cause for celebration (they disappointingly have failed to have a party; just an exhibition about puppet animation) - it's the re-opening of the National Film Centre! And up at Shin Bungeiza cinema in Ikebukuro, the Extreme Film Festival, an all-nighter with 3 out of 4 films in English.
Sun 14 May - It's quiet today. So for all you old film fans: This is the last week of the lovely Ernst Lubitsch retrospective at Cinemavera. I've seen several so far and this is hugely popular: standing room only, with literally about 30 people standing, people sitting in the aisles, etc. Check it out.
Mon 15 May - Back by popular demand for old movie fans everywhere, it's Monday at the Movies! Join us tonight at Good Heavens to drink beer and enjoy Our Man in Havana for free. Or if you want to try out some new stand up comedy material or hear new jokes, head to Otsuka's open mic comedy night.
Tue 16 May - Barry Lancet, who wrote The Spy Across the Table, is speaking at the Foreign Correspondents' Club on his book and how to be a successful writer. Tickets available if you email them.
Wed 17 May - If it's Wednesday, it's Good Heavens Comedy Club! Lots of laughs, lots of beer, lots of chips (of the British variety). Unless you want to hear analysis of the French election?
Thu 18 May - Two English-language plays in a single week? Impressive, Tokyo! Tonight is the first night of Tokyo International Players' production of The Diary of Anne Frank. Selling out fast.
Fri 19 May - The Diary of Anne Frank by Tokyo International Players' is on again tonight (til Sunday). Or hear a talk about the experiences of a Syrian refugee in Japan. Also, Gamuso comedy show in Asagaya is tonight.
26 May - EU Film Days festival commences at the newly opened National Film Centre!
1 June - Perfect Liars Club returns! Grab your tickets now!