Wikipedia:WikiProject Japan/Owarai task force

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Project parentage

The WikiProject Japan Owarai task force aims to improve the quality and consistency of Wikipedia articles dealing with topics related to Japanese style comedy, or owarai. The task force also aims to increase awareness of Japanese (indeed, international) comedy by creating informative and interesting articles outlining the unique and original aspects of comedy in Japan of which the average Wikipedian may not be aware.

WikiProject to-dos[edit]

Article creation priority order:

  1. General owarai topics (functioning as mini-portals) (reasonably complete)
  2. Major past and present kombi and pin-geinin (current focus)
  3. Popular variety shows, quiz shows, etc.
  4. Articles for individual geinin in kombi and groups
  5. General beefing of articles and background information on more specific topics such as stages, the selection process, trends and lifestyles, etc.

Other tasks:

  • Clarification of rules involving copywrited images in owarai pages
  • Clarification of style rules


Click here to watch tasks. Click here to discuss tasks.


Articles related to owarai that need organizing, copyediting, sourcing, expansion, or a combination of these.

Masaaki Sakai - Ken Shimura - Masashi Tashiro - Esper Ito - Nobuyoshi Kuwano - Razor Ramon HG (now at Masaki Sumitani) - Tamori - Hanawa - Beat Takeshi - Minoru Torihada - Guitar Zamurai (now at Yoku Hata) - Chosuke Ikariya - The Drifters (comedian) - Bakusho Mondai - Savanna (Owarai) - Teruyoshi Uchimura - Kiyotaka Nanbara - Hitoshi Matsumoto - COWCOW (Owarai) - Shozo Hayashiya - Sanma Akashiya - Tunnels (Owarai) - Neptune (Owarai) - Takashi Okamura - Hikari Ota

Expandable stubs[edit]

Copyedited stubs that could do with a lot of expansion.

Jicho Kacho - Football Hour - Othello (Owarai) - NO PLAN - Glossary of owarai terms - Hiroyuki Yabe


Articles relating to geinin, kombi, or groups that need to be created from scratch.

High priority: Penalty (Owarai) - Regular (Owarai) - Yuji Tanaka - Oriental Radio - Ninety-nine (Owarai)
Medium priority: U-tchan Nan-chan - Robert (Owarai) - Uchimura Produce - Impulse (Owarai) - Hosshan - 2700 (owarai) - Hiking Walking - The Geese

Articles relating to general owarai and Japanese comedy.

Owarai boom - Owarai talent or Owarai geinin - Konto - Japanese variety show

Completed articles[edit]

Articles that are now reasonably comprehensive, accurate and sourced, and are open for peer review.

Owarai (expand) - List of Japanese comedians (Needs historical) - Cream Stew - Manzai (expand) - Koriki Choshu - Downtown (Owarai) - Dajare - Yoshimoto Kogyo - Takashi Fujii - Yasuda Dai Circus - Cunning (Owarai) - London Boots Ichi-go Ni-go - TIM (Owarai) - Summers (Owarai) - Yoshimoto Mugendai Hall

Completed stubs[edit]

Stub-length articles that are best left as stubs for the time being.

$10 (Owarai) - Inu ga Nyaa to Naita Hi - Ryo Fukawa - Hiroshi (Owarai) - Choplin

Style guidelines[edit]

Please read these guidelines, and discuss any changes or objections on the talk page.

Universal rules[edit]

  • Sign all comments with ~~~~.
  • Insert a useful description into the edit summary wherever possible.
  • Update the tasks list when upgrading/downgrading an article's status.

What an owarai article SHOULD BE[edit]

  • Accessible. All articles on Wikipedia are aimed at readers from all sorts of backgrounds, and it is especially important with a little-known subject such as owarai to present articles in a simple and easy-to-understand manner. As much as possible, articles about geinin should be no different than other articles of a biographical nature, and articles about kombi and groups should be generally biographical as well. Content such as a person's owarai history, notable achievements, background, and current media activities are all considered biographical information.
  • Verifiable. Tangible content that is universally considered to be true, is undisputed, and has been noted in reliable, respected media is welcome content in all owarai articles.
  • Notable. Content about significant events (from a general readers perspective), and important, interesting information is good content. Because owarai is generally unknown to most readers of Wikipedia, much of the information that an owarai fan would consider notable is in fact, non-notable to most readers, and thus the inclusion of such content should be considered carefully.
  • Interesting. Owarai is an interesting topic for many readers interested in Japanese subjects. Owarai articles should reflect the differences and features of owarai that would appeal to an interested reader.

What an owarai article IS NOT[edit]

  • News or fancruft. The articles are not places to overload with exact details of the everyday lives of geinin. Overloading articles makes them boring, and difficult to approach for mildly interested readers. Recent news, minor events, small humorous television happenings and the like should not be included in the articles as they are of little importance to the quality of the article (indeed, they degrade it), they are usually of interest for a very short length of time, and simply because they are generally un-encyclopedic.
  • Lists. Articles are not the place to make endless lists of comedians and groups, quotes and gags, small achievements and historical points, or information of any kind that merely serves to increase the length of articles that would do much better with the addition of notable information. Articles with short example lists (for example, the geinin list in owarai#Owarai geinin) should not be regularly maintained and should be kept as small as possible. A comprehensive list such as the List of Japanese comedians should be regularly maintained and expanded, as there shouldn't be much bias as to what is included (within reason).
  • POV. Articles should not express an author's beliefs and speculation, even if they equal those of many people. Beliefs, judgement, and assessment are only to be included when they are generally accepted or are considered verifiable, and are not disputed.
  • Disputable. Minor disputable or semantic points should be avoided, for the simple fact that doing so eliminates edit wars and helps to ensure a NPOV article.
  • A direct translation. Much of the information for owarai articles is taken from Japanese sources (especially the Japanese Wikipedia) but it must be stressed that the JA and EN Wikipedias promote completely different article writing styles and JA Wikipedia articles should not be used as examples of style. The JA Wikipedia tends to focus much more on numeric facts and lists than EN, which likes to spread facts out in a more essay-ish, book style. Articles should be divided into logical, sequential sections (where applicable), and all sections should be linked grammatically so that the titles are a mere convenient redundancy for those readers who are scanning for information.

    An example geinin article in JA had the following sections: (short) Intro, History, Episodes, Appearances, Productions, External links. In EN, the Intro should be the most important and carefully worded section, and it should expand in size proportionally with the length of the rest of the article. Episodes is not to be included because EN discourages the inclusion of minor events that wouldn't appear in person's History. Lists of Productions can be included when they are notable, but all too frequently this list is longer than the rest of the article, and thus seems to serve only to boast about the person, rather than informing the interested reader. Lists such as these should be included sparingly, and in as non-timely a manner as possible. For kombi or groups, the Members section should not be included unless it is of an exceptionally large, or constantly changing subscription. All info about the members can normally be included in the Intro, and more specific information about individuals should be included in the individual's page.

    You should use other biographical articles—many of which have been nominated for FA—as examples when creating articles of a biographical nature.

  • Incomplete. Partial, un-edited, copy-pasted, un-thought-out, and un-wikified articles should not be uploaded to the article namespace and should instead be edited in ones sandbox before creation. An article can be listed under tasks while it is still in the sandbox, and it will be created in the namespace after it has been cleaned up, copyedited, and/or revised. By doing this, there will be a steady and controlled flow of new article information, and the article namespace won't be polluted with half-written, or poorly worded articles.


{{WikiProject Japan}}, to be added to the talk pages of articles involved in the project, like this: {{WikiProject Japan|owarai=yes}}, which produces the following:

WikiProject Japan / Owarai (Rated Project-class)
WikiProject iconThis page is within the scope of the WikiProject Japan, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of Japan-related articles on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the project, participate in relevant discussions, and see lists of open tasks. Current time in Japan: 06:34, January 15, 2022 (JST, Reiwa 4) (Refresh)
 Project  This article has been rated as Project-Class on the project's quality scale.
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WikiProject Japan to do list:
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{{Owarai-stub}}, for owarai articles meeting the stub criteria.

{{Wikipedia:WikiProject Owarai/User Owarai}}, proposed project member box.

OwaraiThis user is a member of the WikiProject Japan Owarai taskforce.


Useful pages[edit]

Parent WikiProjects[edit]

The parent of this project is WikiProject Japan.

Related WikiProjects[edit]

How can I help?[edit]

If you have some knowledge of the workings or characters of owarai, a desire to contribute, and a flair for quality, then by all means help us!

Current participants[edit]