They say the squeaky wheel gets the grease, but Yuriko Kotani has spent her life making sure she doesn’t stick out. Born and raised in Japan, watch Yuriko walk the tightrope of cultural differences as she embraces her individuality with this hotly anticipated debut hour. BBC New Comedy Award winner 2015. Time Out’s One to Watch. Yuriko is in Edinburgh this Fringe with new show, Somosomo, which she speaks with The Fountain about.

TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you? 

This is my first hour debut show so I’m absolutely thrilled!

TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise? 

It’s a show about my experiences and thoughts, who I am as a person. I was born and raised in Japan and lived in the UK for a long time. My show is called Somosomo which we use quite often in Japanese sentences. It means “to begin with” or “in the first place”. For example “Why did you come to the UK in the first place?”. It also the name of a paradise place in Fiji so I hope audience don’t come to see my show expecting that it’s about Fiji island.

TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie? 

Anything that made me feel and think strongly about something whether it’s good or bad.

TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh? 

Yes, I have. I’m gonna watch lots of comedy shows. I look forward to see comedians from around the world.

TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe? 

Keep working to get better. I want to challenge new things in comedy and have fun! I shall try stand-up in Japanese?!

Yuriko Kotani will be debuting her show, Somosomo, at the Pleasance: Attic from 31st July – 25th August: 19:00. For tickets, please visit