TK is an entertainer, an actor and a musician. He is also Duckman. His mission?
- To make you happy!
TK is from Japan, where he became known as a comedian, actor, cosplayer, pen spinner and as a musician.
He is also the well known figure known as Duckman; the dancing, singing, bucket drumming street performer.
Starting his journey from Australia, he is traveling around the world to make everyone laugh and happy!
His well-practiced jokes are sure to make you crack a smile!
In Japan, TK performed with the acclaimed Yoshimoto Creative Agency for 7 years, specializing in “Jigakuneta” comedy.
He is currently developing his first English language standup comedy routine.
The yellow, comedic character who is guaranteed to turn that frown upside down when you see him on the street.
Dancing, singing and bucket drumming are his form of art on the streets to make the concrete cities are a little more colorful.
His ever-lasting smile and energy will surely bring a spring to anyone's step!
Acting being one of his passions, TK was cast to play the character 'Nonomura' in NHK's popular drama “Battery”.
Being a multi-talented musician, able to sing as well as play the piano, drums, bass guitar and the electric guitar, TK has great love for music.
He was the lead singer and guitarist for his band “Wallop”, which went on to be a finalist for the 2015 Sony Next Generation band competition in Japan.
Why does he want you to be happy ?
Takahito TK Nakamura is a 23 year old entertainer, who has been living in Toronto currently. before he came to toronto,Canada he was in Sydney , Australia. Despite the fact that he couldn't speak any English when he arrived to the country, he has been able to learn not only how to communicate using English, but also a rare gift of making people laugh, no matter their language or culture.
His road to becoming an entertainer was far from easy, and his difficult life started already when he was born. Not only did he lose his both sisters - other to an illness contracted from his mother and the other in a car crash - but also his father, who left him and his mother after getting a divorce. He was too young to remember those three family members who disappeared from his life.
But that was only the beginning of his struggle, as his mother was unable to raise him and he ended up in a child care facility. Needless to say, life there was difficult, and it was not made easier as the other kids tended to bully him.
At age 6 he was taken back by his mother, as she had been pressured to it by family and friends.
His mother, however, neglected him. She would come back to the apartment only once in a few weeks to give him some snacks. The rest of the time he would be all alone, as she was with a boyfriend. No one taught him even the basic things about life - what is okay to eat and what is not. That is why he would eat things that weren't meant to be consumed, like candles and flowers, things attractive for children for their colorfulness.
Clinically depressed and violent, his mother would abuse him physically when she was home, punching and even cutting him with scissors.
It was no wonder he was a very sad child.
He would walk himself to the school near his house, and his best friend was a boy living next door. He would climb to the balcony at their house to talk to him, but one day, the boy no longer came. When he could get a chance to talk to the boy again, he found out that they had suddenly moved. Moved, because Takahito's lonely crying was too loud and depressing for them.
From that moment on, he decided to become a happy person - someone who would always be smiling, and was never sad or angry. At first, his smile was forced, his facade a complete lie, but after noticing that his smile was infectious and that he could influence other people, he got used to wearing his smile.
That fake smile brought him, ironically, many positive things, and that is why he become not only popular with girls, but was also the president of the student council in high school. He also studied hard so he could have the best grades in school.
It was during high school that Takahito got in touch with his grandparents on his mother's side. Living in Aomori, they were living quite far away from Tokyo. It was quite an unusual thing that his grandfather used to have been a part of the Yakuza (a type of mafia in Japan), and with their strict rules, had had to cut off his pinky finger (used for promising), when he wanted to exit the group and marry his fiancé - Takahito's grandmother - back in the day. Having a wife, or any sort of life that isn't connected to the group, was absolutely forbidden, and Takahito's grandfather had to go through the painful choice of cutting off a finger as a punishment to gain the life he wanted. That strong man knew the value of freedom, and so he and his wife decided to support Takahito by paying for his comedy school that he very much wanted to attend.
There, he could further learn how to make people happy by using his words and expressions, and with that, he also got chances to show his talent for it. He could play extra parts in TV dramas and commercials, and all of those experiences made him want to become a comedian. Being a comedian in Japan is quite difficult, however, as you are usually granted a very short time (maybe as short time as 15 seconds) to make someone laugh. They were taught that ”If you're not able to make someone laugh in 15 seconds, you cannot make them laugh in 15 hours”.
However, never giving up, Takahito went on to studying psychology in order to become a smart, educated comedian - a way he would aim to become the best comedian. Due to his high scores, he could work with a professor of Tokyo University for a time as well, and he volunteered to act as a counselor at his school, believing in his skill to make everyone happy. However, he hadn't prepared to the amount of people who were feeling depressed, and with how bad they were feeling, Takahito was unable to help them without starting to feel that depression move into him as well.
When he turned 18 (an important age in Japan), he wanted to find his father to show him that he had become a grown man now. Eventually, he found his father's landlord, who told him the news - his father had committed suicide years ago.
With no one else to turn to, Takahito decided to find one of his mother's former boyfriends who had helped him when he was younger. Being a lawyer, the man had been able to grant Takahito the eventual ownership of the apartment he and his mother shared, knowing what a terrible woman Takahito's mother was. Wanting to thank him, Takahito went to visit him. The man had broken into tears and had showed him pictures of his childhood - a rare treasure as Takahito had thought none had been taken when he was a child.
Feeling ambitious, Takahito applied to study at Tokyo University as an official student, but he failed the test only due to his non-existent English skills. That caused him to think of the best way he could study English in a relatively short time, and a mentor suggests him to study abroad. For that reason, he starts saving up money from his bar-tending job, speed-dating organizing job...etc....10 different type of jobs, so he would be able to move abroad to study.
He chooses Australia, and his best friend at the time advises him to bring one of his comedic costumes, a yellow suit, with him when he would leave. Despite doubting the need, he brings the costume with him. A costume that would later become famous as DUCKMAN in Sydney.
He travels to Australia, where he spends most of his days studying as much as possible, absorbing all new information like a sponge, and is able to rise from the lowest class to the highest during his three months period in school.
When school is over, he finds other things to do. He works for a little while at an Asian restaurant, but then one of his Japanese friends teaches him about busking.
He tries it out, and does it for a couple times a week at first. He also tries working as a tutor at the time, but is eventually taken by the feeling he gets from busking. It is an ultimate way for him to make people around him happy, and he realizes that he can even cross cultural boundaries to make someone laugh.
No matter deaf people or blind people.
Elated by this new feeling, he starts aiming for the difficult goal of becoming an internationally known entertainer.