Daily Archives: December 19, 2006

Love & Laughter

Comedienne Tomochika (33) has a man in her life. The latest issue of women’s weekly magazine Josei Jishin revealed that she and funny man Nadagi Takeshi (36) are romantically involved. Tomochika recently won a top Yomiuri TV comedy award, while Nadagi and the other four members of manzai group Plan 9 have advanced to the finals of the annual M-1 Grand Prix competition. The couple were spotted leaving the recent semi-finals of the event in Osaka together and Tomochika spent the night at Nadagi’s home in the city. She has acknowledged the relationship, said to have started about five years ago, but says that they have no wedding plans yet. They are both doing well in their showbiz careers and plan on putting work before family life. The two will come together soon, as the pair are to team up as “Dylan & Catherine”, with Nadagi taking on Luke Perry’s character from the popular 90s TV drama “Beverly Hills 90210”.

• Sunday’s final of the Toyota World Club Championship got a respectable 20.5% audience rating, according to Video Research. The game featured the world’s top player in Barcelona’s Ronaldhino, though his heavily-favored team lost to a single late goal to Internacional of Brazil. The game got a higher rating than TV Asahi’s weekend broadcast of the Figure Skating GP Final. In that event, local favorite Asada Mao lost her Saturday lead to end up with the silver medal on Sunday.