Aaron Chen’s career is going places. From his humble beginnings as a 'Class Clown Finalist', onto 'Comedy Zone' and then winning the '2017 Best New Comer Award' at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. And if that wasn’t enough, he was also the socially awkward sidekick on a quirky ABC TV show in early 2017.
In May 2017, he made national headlines when he trolled the soccer community on live TV as the sideline reporter at the friendly match between Sydney FC and Liverpool. He left the die-hard soccer fans scratching their heads, but floored everybody else with laughter at his covert brilliance.
He consistently delivers the freshest and most exquisite comedy that is out there at the moment.
This week, he won’t be trolling but he’s on stage at a mic in hand.
Takashi Wakasugi (aka Waka) was born & raised in Japan. In 2012 he studied in Sydney as an exchange student from University in Kyoto.
After watching his first stand-up comedy show in Surry Hills in June 2012, he landed his first spot in September of the same year which was quickly followed by ‘Homebake Festival 2012’ and frequent spots at the Sydney Comedy Store.
Upon his return to Japan, Takashi joined the fresh English Comedy scene, with frequent gigs at ROR Comedy Club (Osaka) and Stand-Up Tokyo.
Takashi also came visit Australia very often for comedy. He joined some big showcase like Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Roadshow Tour (2016, 2018), ‘Show Us Your Roots’ showcase at Canberra (2017) and Comedy Zone Asia at Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2018). He also did his 3 solo hour shows at Sydney Comedy Festival (2018, 2019), Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival (2017, 2018, 2019), Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2019) and Melbourne Fringe Festival (2019). They were all sold out.
Stuck in a chasm between Japanese and Western culture, Takashi brings a fresh perspective on Aussie life from the point-of-view of a Japanese person. On the same note, his insight into everyday life in Japan is sure to have you both fascinated & roaring with laughter.