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Pirates of the Dotombori

Dotombori, Minami-ku, Osaka 543-0021, Osaka Prefecture
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A Gut Bustingly Good Night Out

I wish they played more often than once a month! I'd been looking forward to a Pirates of the... read more

Reviewed February 7, 2018
BryanBaier
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Osaka, Japan
Gut busting laughs!

I've lived in Osaka for almost 5 years and I've just recently finally went to a show and I'm... read more

Reviewed February 24, 2015
Jasonius81
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Established in 2005, The Pirates of the Dotombori are Osaka's #1 Bilingual Improv Comedy Group. There's no better way to experience the heart and soul of a city than laughing with the locals. So definitely make some time to check out one of their shows held around town at Osaka's most popular clubs and bars. Be sure to check their Facebook page for event info, special discounts and updates!
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Feb 7, 2018
“A Gut Bustingly Good Night Out”
Feb 24, 2015
“Gut busting laughs!”
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Dotombori, Minami-ku, Osaka 543-0021, Osaka Prefecture
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Reviewed February 7, 2018

I wish they played more often than once a month! I'd been looking forward to a Pirates of the Dotombori improv comedy show since I learned of their existence. My first show in October of 2015 more than exceeded my expectations. Every show I've been...More

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Reviewed February 24, 2015

I've lived in Osaka for almost 5 years and I've just recently finally went to a show and I'm kicking myself for not going sooner because it is was truly fantastic. I am amazed at how they can switch between the English and Japanese and...More

2  Thank Jasonius81
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Bill R, Manager at Pirates of the Dotombori, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2015

Hi Jason, We're glad you could finally make it to a show and of course, even happier that you enjoyed yourself so much! Thanks for spreading the word and we'll see you in March at our show on the 15th!

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Reviewed January 13, 2015

I was told about this group by a friend who is into improv comedy. As I am living in Osaka I thought I`d check it out. These guys are funny!! I really love the way they involve the audience use humour that translates across all...More

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Bill R, Manager at Pirates of the Dotombori, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2015

Thanks a lot for your review, Michael! We hope you come back to a show soon to enjoy all of the crazy and unrealistic things we can come up with for you! You must feel so lucky to have such an amazing co-worker!

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Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

I was lucky enough to catch the Pirates on my flying visit to Osaka and what a treat it was. The Pirates employ a unique bilingual approach to their improv comedy which keeps everyone involved and laughing. We caught them at a fabulous rooftop bar...More

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Bill R, Manager at Pirates of the Dotombori, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2014

So glad the timing worked out that you could catch a quick show while in town! Thx so much for the great review! Hope you can make it back again soon!!

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Reviewed August 2, 2014

This was the second time we saw the troupe perform. Still amazed at how they take ideas from the audience and quickly turn them into a fun comedy show. Bill Reilly is fantastic - I don't think he ever turns it off. Other members of...More

3  Thank KevinRiley-Osaka
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Bill R, Manager at Pirates of the Dotombori, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2014

Hi Kevin! Thank you so much for the kind words and of course, HUGE laughs at our shows. I'm super glad you and Rieko have been having such a nice time! I'll see you guys at the next one... Hope you're having a great summer!

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Reviewed July 15, 2014

Saw them perform a bilingual show that was a lot of fun and something really unique to see. The language mix (I don't know any Japanese) was interesting as half the audience would laugh at one thing, and the other half at another; not to...More

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Bill R, Manager at Pirates of the Dotombori, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2014

Thank u so much for the awesome recommendation! Glad u enjoyed the language mix as much as we do...a little confusion is always fun やんか! Hope to have you at a show again soon!!

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Reviewed July 15, 2014

I love comedy and I especially love improv comedy. It was great to find a group of English-speaking improvisers in the middle of the amazing city of Osaka. I've seen them perform and they are a hilarious bunch. If they have a show when you're...More

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Bill R, Manager at Pirates of the Dotombori, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2014

Thanks so much for the kind words, Will! We can't wait to see you again in Osaka soon!! <3

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Reviewed July 9, 2014

The Pirates of the Dotombori are a great mix of Japanese and English comedy all packed into one night. It is great if your boyfriend/girlfriend is Japanese in that you both get native language comedy at the same event. It makes for a fun date...More

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Bill R, Manager at Pirates of the Dotombori, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2014

Thanks for the review, Staffa! Remember, we also have a sister group performing in Tokyo as well so on e you get your fill of Kansai, be sure to check out the Pirates of Tokyo Bay as well!

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Reviewed February 1, 2014

The Pirates are a hilarious group of individuals doing comedy shows in Osaka in both Japanese and English! Their shows can easily be enjoyed by locals, transplants and tourists. I haven't lived in Osaka long, but so far they are the only comedy troupe I...More

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Bill R, Manager at Pirates of the Dotombori, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2014

Thanks so much for the great review! See you soon at the next show!!

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Wendy C
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Hi Wendy! Our shows are probably not the most exciting events kids. We have done private shows in the past for children but our monthly shows at New Japan and Dyson are aimed at adults. This is not only because the material... More
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