Tamori announces end of 'Waratte Iitomo' after 32 years
Television comedian Tamori (real name Kazuyoshi Morita) confirmed on his midday variety program “Waratte Iitomo” (It’s Okay to Laugh) Tuesday that the long-running show will come to end next March after 32 years on the air on Fuji TV.
The popular variety program started in October 1982. Tamori, 68, is known for his trademark sunglasses (very few people have ever seen him without sunglasses).
On Tuesday, comedian Shofukute Tsurube—who is a Thursday regular—made an appearance and asked Tamori if it was true about the show coming to an end. Tamori replied that the final program will air next March. SMAP singer Masahiro Nakai asked if it was official, to which Tamori replied affirmative.
Tamori has long been considered one of Japan’s most famous three television comedians, along with Beat Takeshi and Akashiya Sanma.