about me


My name is Yuriko Kotani and I am a UK-based Japanese comedian.

I began performing stand-up in 2014. I was named as "One To Watch" by Time Out and won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2015.

In 2016, I appeared on series 2 of Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, BBC Three's Pls Like in 2017, and CBBC's The Dog Ate My Homework in 2018. 

On radio, I was on The Comedy Club (BBC Radio 4 Extra) in 2016, BBC World Service's The Arts Hour International New Year Comedy Celebration in 2017, The Verb (BBC Radio 3) and Loose Ends (BBC Radio 4) in 2018.

I have supported Joe Lycett, Rob Delaney and Puppetry of the Penis on their tour.

"leftfield rising star" - Time Out


Nominee: Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2016

Third place: Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2015

WINNER: BBC New Comedy Award 2015

WINNER: Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Award 2015

Runner-up: So You Think You're Funny 2015

Finalist: Comedy Virgin Max Turner Prize 2015 at Cavendish Arms 2015

Finalist: New Act Night Final 2014 at Comedy Cafe Theatre 2014

Finalist: King Gong at The Comedy Store London 2014

Third place: Comedy Virgin Summer Competition at Cavendish Arms 2014

WINNER: The Blackout at Up The Creek 2014