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

  • 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.

  • Asanoyama Returns and The Cowboy Cup Takes Off

    June 15th, 2022  |  44 mins 50 secs
    asanoyama, comedy, cowboy cup, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    The episode features pro and amateur sumo. A favorite pro wrestler will be back in the mix soon, and there's a new amateur sumo event in town!

  • Retirement, Sopranistas and Demons

    June 8th, 2022  |  41 mins 8 secs
    comedy, demon, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, haircutting, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, kakka, nhk, okamoto, podcast, retirement, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tomotaka, tournament

    A bit of history about hair cutting ceremonies and a deep dive into two artists we've seen at sumo retirement ceremonies- Tomotaka Okamoto and Demon Kakka.

  • The Plum Haters, Aminishiki and Hokutofuji

    June 1st, 2022  |  36 mins 59 secs
    aminishiki, comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, hokutofuji, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, music, nhk, plums, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    Two sumo wrestlers. One had his retirement ceremony this week. The other still wrestles in the top division.

  • The Ending of the May Basho and BINGO

    May 25th, 2022  |  53 mins 15 secs
    2022, basho, bingo, comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, may, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    We cover our favorite fights of the final 4 days of the basho in this episode and discuss BINGO winners.

  • May Basho Days 4 - 10

    May 18th, 2022  |  54 mins 50 secs
    2022, basho, comedy, grand sumo, japan, kaboom, may, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    This tournament feels strange. But, we firmly believe that Shodai Can Still Win It (note sarcasm). So yeah, our sumo commentary matches this odd basho.

  • May Basho Days 1-3

    May 10th, 2022  |  55 mins 40 secs
    1-3, comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, may, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    Our favorite moments from days 1 - 3.

  • Banzuke, Azumaryu and Midorifuji

    May 3rd, 2022  |  37 mins 36 secs
    azamaryu, comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, midorifuji, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    Who we are picking to win this yusho. Will we be wrong? Most definitely!

  • Ask Us Anything

    April 20th, 2022  |  1 hr 38 secs
    ask me anything, ask us anything, bruce, bruce h, comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kaboom, nhk, podcast, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tachiai blog, tournament

    We answer great questions from listeners with help from Bruce Henderson of the Tachiai blog.