Sumo Kaboom

Leslie and Laurie Collins, Texan sisters, comedians, and diehard sumo fans, talk about all things sumo.

About the show

Sumo Kaboom!

A weekly podcast dedicated to our favorite sport - sumo wrestling. We chat about tournaments, current events, history, and our favorite wrestlers. Both Collins sisters have been performers, improvisers, creators, and comedians for over 20 years.

Having lived in Japan, Leslie loves researching the history and traditions of sumo. She also has a deep love for sumo karaoke singers.

Laurie is fascinated by Japanese television, the sumo training regimen, and Hakuho.

Together, they serve up exciting sumo treats for curious sumo fans. These kooky sisters share an enthusiasm for sumo and like all sisters, they work amazingly well together. All of the time. There are never any issues. Ever.

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Episodes

  • Tamawashi

    October 5th, 2022  |  37 mins 56 secs
    baker, comedy, crafter, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, nhk, podcast, shibatayama, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tamawashi, tournament

    Tamawashi's story is very unique among the world of pro sumo wrestlers.

  • Aki Basho Days 11-15

    September 26th, 2022  |  56 mins 49 secs
    2022, aki, basho, comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, henna, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, nhk, ozeki, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, takayasu, tamawashi, tournament, wakatakakage

    We're still a bit giddy about this one. The Aki tournament was a blast!

  • Aki 2022 Days 4 - 10

    September 21st, 2022  |  52 mins 40 secs
    4-10, aki, comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    Our signature "breakdown" of days 4 - 10 - what we liked, what we loved, and who we are watching.

  • Aki Basho Days 1-3

    September 14th, 2022  |  48 mins 14 secs
    aki, comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    It's sumo time again and we still love it!

  • Mitoryu and Kotonowaka

    September 7th, 2022  |  34 mins 37 secs
    comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, kotonowaka, mitoryu, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    Learn a little bit about Mitoryu, the newest addition to the top division, and Kotonowaka, who is rising through the top ranks.

  • Chiyotairyu and Hiradoumi

    August 31st, 2022  |  40 mins
    chiyotairyu, comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, hiradoumi, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    Everything you ever wanted to know about Chiyotairyu. And who is this new guy, Hiradoumi?

  • Sumo Trivia!

    August 24th, 2022  |  45 mins 23 secs
    comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament, trivia

    We're playing Sumo Trivia today! Test your sumo-related trivia brain!

  • Ash Warren and The Way of Salt

    August 17th, 2022  |  53 mins 9 secs
    ash warren, comedy, culture, grand sumo, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament, way of salt

    Need a good book about sumo and Japan culture? We're talking to Ash Warren, who wrote the book you need.

  • Naruto and Gagamaru

    August 10th, 2022  |  40 mins 2 secs
    comedy, gagamaru, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, kotooshu, naruto, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    Continuing with our Eastern European theme, we focus on Kotooshu, or Naruto oyakata, and Gagamaru.

  • Eastern European Wrestlers and Tochinoshin

    August 3rd, 2022  |  48 mins 49 secs
    comedy, eastern, europe, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tochinoshin, tournament

    Why are there so many wrestlers from Eastern Europe? And, who is Tochinoshin? Why do people adore him?

  • Days 11-15 of the Nagoya Tournament and BINGO Winners

    July 27th, 2022  |  56 mins 42 secs
    basho, comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, ichinojo, improv comedy, japan, july, kaboom, nagoya, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    Breaking down the BINGO and the sumo in the final few days of the Nagoya July tournament.

  • Days 4-10 of the July Basho

    July 19th, 2022  |  52 mins 6 secs
    2022, basho, comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, july, kaboom, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    Our favorite moments from days 4-10 of the July basho.

  • Days 1-3 of July's Basho with Grand Sumo Breakdown

    July 13th, 2022  |  1 hr 3 mins
    basho, breakdown, comedy, grand sumo, gsb, highlights, improv comedy, japan, july, kaboom, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    Breaking down our favorite sumo matches with Mak of the Grand Sumo Breakdown Podcast. Also a little spotlight on Nishikifuji and his favorite artist.

  • July Banzuke and The World Games

    July 6th, 2022  |  55 mins 10 secs
    banzuke, comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament, world games

    The July tournament and The World Games begin this weekend. If you are a sumo fan, this is a double scoop of sumo fun!

  • Lynn Matsuoka's Life in Art and Sumo

    June 29th, 2022  |  56 mins 30 secs
    art, chiyonofuji, comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, lynn, lynn matsuoka, nhk, podcast, reportage, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    Lynn Matsuoka is a reportage artist, sumo commentator, and so much more. If you like hearing stories about Chiyonofuji, Konishiki, Hakkaku, Wakanohana, and Takanohana, you'll love this episode. Also, if you are an artist, this one's for you.

  • Gyoji History According to Leslie and "Papa" Gyoji

    June 22nd, 2022  |  50 mins 30 secs
    comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    If you thought the JSA was tough on wrestlers, wait until you hear how tough it is on gyoji.