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Joe Yukich 

Osaka Joe's Sushi and Comedy Club, owner

NEW TIMES How’d you decide to add the comedy aspect to a small sushi joint?

YUKICH There’s not a whole lot of options for entertainment in Morro Bay. If I had to listen to one more night of bad karaoke, I was going to shoot myself in the face.


NEW TIMES How do you get the comedians to come out here?

YUKICH Most of them are friends, comedy writers for late-night shows and sitcoms. I worked in the television business with Fox and a few other companies for years.


NEW TIMES How’d you make the transition from television to sushi?

YUKICH I was doing communications work in Morro Bay and just thought it would be fun to have my own sushi place and do whatever I want with it.


NEW TIMES What’s the deal with the Hulk-themed bathroom?

YUKICH It’s a tribute to Lou Ferrigno, who played the original Hulk and lives in Arroyo Grande. Basically, they banned all these plastic Hulk hands because kids were boxing with them and hurting themselves. We were able to get a bunch for really cheap.

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