Based on Kazus life story growing up in Japan with schizophrenic mother and an alcoholic father, PRETTY BEAST takes us from the funny to the heartbreaking and back again.The memories, moments, laughs, and trauma reveal that surviving in such an environment came down to Kazu finding humor as a survival tool and laughter becoming the only thing that connected her dysfunctional family. With those realizations she became hooked on comedy and it became her only outlet, however no one was laughing.From the defeated class clown, to a 20 something misfit in a sexist culture, Kazu faced years of resistance, sexism, criticism, failed relationships, and the weight of extremely low self-esteem. Finally, at 30-years-old with no career, husband, or kids, suicidal thoughts and a nervous breakdown brought her to her knees in the least likely of places leading her to a moment that would change everythingPRETTY BEAST is a journey that is as raw and dark as it is inspiring and funny. Moving like a child in a playground and weaving her story through silly, yet dark comedy makes even the most serious topics laughable as Kazu reminds us that your past doesnt define you... it prepares you.
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PRETTY BEAST Celebrates Homecoming From Sold Out Canadian Debut
October 22, 2019
A sold-out multiple show run in Canada, stellar reviews in the media, and winning the Pick of the Fringe Award as one of the hottest selling shows at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, PRETTY BEAST, written and performed by LA-based Japanese Comedian Kazu Kusano, returns to Los Angeles for a special homecoming engagement.