Kyogen (狂言) is comic theatre, which normally accompanies Noh (a style of theatre older than rakugo, and in a broad sense includes kyogen). Unlike rakugo , which is its own artform, it was created as an intermission act.
Characteristics of kyogen
- Kyogen is similar to Western plays but only comic in nature.
- Makeup etc. is used in kyogen, unlike rakugo.
Kyogen in Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
- Kikuhiko and Sukeroku perform in a kyogen play called Benten Kozo in ep 5.