Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Justin Bieber on Rumored Girlfriend Hailey Baldwin: She's 'Someone I Really Love,' Says the Singer
- Read the Cover Story: Ryan Reynolds: Sexiest Sexiest Dad Alive
- Big Ang's Mob Wives Costar Carla Facciolo Speaks Out: 'You'd Never Know' She Has Stage 4 Cancer
- Charlie Sheen Calls Doctor Who Claimed to Cure Him of HIV 'Dangerous'
- Is Hillary in Trouble After Losing New Hampshire, the Clinton 'Comeback' State?
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- November 20, 1989
- Vol. 32
- No. 21
Comic Tamayo Otsuki Is One Japanese Import Who Comes from the Far-Out East
Either because Americans will buy anything Japanese or because of Tamayo's snappy delivery, her chopshtik is working: She is a regular at L.A.'s Comedy Store, has played New York's Catch a Rising Star and has taped a segment for Joan Rivers's new syndicated show. "I still feel deeply Japanese," says Otsuki, "and the premise of the jokes still comes to me in Japanese. But the punch lines, they are always in English. In Japanese, it's very difficult to use a punch line."
The daughter of a factory owner and a nurse in Osaka, Tamayo dropped out of Kansei Gakuin University and in 1981 landed in L.A. with $100 and one Barbra Streisand tape. "I listened to the tape 200 times," she says. "I wanted to be Barbra Streisand." Along the way she supported herself by the aforementioned topless dancing and drumming. Meanwhile she studied voice, mime and comedy, and in 1984 she signed up for amateur night at the Comedy Store. The audience loved her. "I felt like I had met the man I was going to marry," she says.
Her countrymen may soon get a chance to savor Otsuki's international humor firsthand during her projected first visit to Japan in five years. "My father didn't want me to come because he didn't want other Japanese to know about me," she admits. "He was concerned others might come over and try to do the same thing I'm doing." Now, that would be expansionism.
February 10, 2016
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!