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

  • The Dohyo, COVID-19, and Staying in Sumo Shape

    July 1st, 2020  |  36 mins 59 secs
    abi, basho, comedy, covid, covid 19, dohyo, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, july basho, nhk, sumo, sumo wrestling, tournament

    What kind of prep goes into a professional sumo tournament? And, what's happens differently when we're in a pandemic? How are the wrestlers staying in sumo shape?

  • Akebono, Cellulitis, and Tochinoshin's Bandaids

    June 24th, 2020  |  44 mins 16 secs
    akebono, cellulitis, comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, nhk, skin infections, sumo, sumo wrestling, tochinoshin, tournament, yokozuna

    Leslie focuses on the great American yokozuna, Akebono while Laurie focuses on sumo and skin infections.

  • The Banzuke. What's a banzuke??

    June 17th, 2020  |  34 mins 40 secs
    banzuke, comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, nhk, sumo, sumo wrestling, tournament

    What the heck is a banzuke? We help you make sense of it, from the way it's created to how a wrestler moves up or down within it.

  • Injury, Healing, and Singing

    June 10th, 2020  |  48 mins 54 secs
    comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, nhk, sumo, sumo folk singing, sumo folk song, sumo wrestling, tournament

    Sumo and injury. We talk about the prevalence of injury in the sport and what it takes to heal after one. We also manage to talk about John Gunning, Mariah Holmes, Tamawashi's baking prowess and sumo folk singing.

  • Shikona, Sumo Ring Names

    June 3rd, 2020  |  33 mins 33 secs
    comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, nhk, ring names, shikona, sumo, sumo wrestling, tournament, wrestlers

    What's in a name? A LOT, it turns out.

  • Wonder Woman of US Sumo, Mariah Holmes

    May 27th, 2020  |  49 mins 36 secs
    comedy, female wrestling, find a friend, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, mariah holmes, mawashi, nhk, sumo, sumo wrestling, tournament, training, women sumo

    Let's talk female trailblazers and hear from one of America's most badass sumo athletes and advocates, Mariah Holmes.

  • Sumo and Comedy

    May 20th, 2020  |  30 mins 28 secs
    byamba, comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, nhk, shobushi, shokkiri, sumo, sumo wrestling, tournament

    Sumo and comedy are a good match. This is the perfect week to honor two wrestlers who excelled at them both, Shobushi and Byamba. Also, we explain the comedy sumo routine - shokkiri.

  • Yokozuna in the Shadows

    May 13th, 2020  |  47 mins 31 secs
    comedy, google translate, google translator, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kakuryu, nhk, sumo, sumo wrestling, tournament, yokozuna

    This week, Laurie and Leslie talk about yokozunas in the shadows (insert echo effect here). We talk about great and not so great yokozunas throughout history who have been overshadowed by other great yokozunas. We take a deep dive into the awesomeness that is Kakuryu and TRY to pronounce his real Mongolian name. Ya'll, we are terrible at pronouncing Mongolian.

  • US Sumo, Justin Kizzart

    May 6th, 2020  |  42 mins 19 secs
    comedy, dark circle sumo, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, justin kizzart, nhk, shiko, sumo, sumo training, sumo wrestling, tournament, us sumo federation, us sumo nationals

    We talk with a US National Sumo gold medalist about training and the state of sumo in Texas and beyond.

  • The Tachiai

    April 29th, 2020  |  47 mins 45 secs
    banzuke, comedy, covid, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, kabuki, nhk, sumo, sumo wrestling, tachiai, tournament

    The tachiai- what it is and how it's changed. Along with the latest news and questions about sumo wrestling, of course!

  • Kanreki and the JSA

    April 22nd, 2020  |  36 mins 38 secs
    comedy, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, japan sumo association, jsa, kanreki, nhk, sumo, sumo wrestling, tournament

    What's a Kanreki dohyo-iri and what is the Japan Sumo Association?

  • 3 Sumo GOATs

    April 15th, 2020  |  45 mins 31 secs
    chiyonofuji, comedy, goat, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, hakuho, improv comedy, japan, mawashi, nhk, sumo, sumo humor, sumo wrestling, taiho, tournament, translation, yokozuna

    We talk about 3 Greatest Of All Time sumo wrestlers and the grossest thing we've ever heard about mawashi.

  • Ladies of Sumo

    April 8th, 2020  |  39 mins 27 secs
    amateur sumo, comedy, female sumo, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, nhk, onna-zumo, sumo, sumo wrestling, tournament, women in sumo

    From the historical to the cheeky. From the onna-zumo to the fierce female wrestlers of today.

  • Babies, Bodies and Babes

    April 1st, 2020  |  45 mins 10 secs
    april, babies, baby crying festival, comedy, fat, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, improv comedy, japan, marriage, nai sumo baby crying festival, nhk, physique, science, sexy, sexy sumo, single, sumo, sumo wrestler, sumo wrestling, tournament, tradition

    Why are there so many pictures of sumo wrestlers with babies? Why do sumo wrestlers look like they do? And, why do ladies find them sexy?

  • March Basho Day 8 - 15

    March 25th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min
    aoiyama, comedy, coronavirus, dohyo-iri, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, hakuho, improv comedy, japan, kakaryu, nhk, sumo, sumo wrestling, tournament, yokozuna showdown

    Our breakdown of the second week of the March basho 2020.

  • March Basho Through Day 7

    March 18th, 2020  |  51 mins 21 secs
    comedy, coronavirus, grand sumo, grand sumo highlights, hakuho, haru basho, highlights, improv comedy, japan, kakuryu, kyujo, mitakeumi, nhk, nishikigi, osaka, quiet, spring in japan, sumo, sumo wrestling, takakeisho, takayasu, tokushoryu, tournament, yokozuna

    March sumo highlights, crickets, sweet Takayasu and a Hakuho Love Fest