Thursdays 8pm & Saturdays 9pm.
Returning January 15th
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New York City's live Japanese game show
has become an underground "East Village sensation!" (Asian Fusion Magazine)

In Japan, batsu means "punishment" and the batsu-game is a form of comedy competition where the losers are forced to endure hilarious and outrageous penalties. Face Off Unlimited has blended this wildly popular piece of Japanese culture with their own hysterical style of improv comedy to create BATSU!

Hosted by Japanese child star Brian "Bu-Chan" Walters on Thursday and Saturday nights, and by Kenji America every Monday! With the help of the beautiful, yet merciless, Noriko Sato, BATSU! is hilarious and inventive! Four warriors compete in comedic challenges to avoid electric shocks, paintball guns, a giant egg-smashing chicken, and many more hilarious and jaw-dropping punishments! The performers of BATSU! are members of acclaimed comedy group Face Off Unlimited ("Really Funny!" - The NY Times) and regularly appear on television, radio, and the NY stage.

BATSU! takes place in a cool underground lounge theatre in NYC's "Little Tokyo.” A full menu/bar is available and audience members enjoy sushi, noodles, and sake, while the bravest may even sign up for a chance to participate in the show to win free beer and prizes! Visit to view menu.

“With the combination of the delicious and decadent food, masterful improv the party atmosphere and music, BATSU! is a funny, crazy, trip to Japan! ” - Jay Painter, Face Off Artistic Director

BATSU! is one of the "Best Things To Do In NYC" (CBS NY) and is perfect for birthdays, office celebrations, a night out with the ladies (or fellas), and for those out of town guests looking for something you can find ONLY IN NEW YORK!


Ticket and Show Information

THURSDAYS 8pm SHOW: House opens at 7:30pm; Full menu/bar available. Reservations can be made between 7:30pm-7:45pm. Email

SATURDAYS 9pm SHOW: House opens at 8:30pm; limited menu and full bar avaialble. Reservations can be made between 8:30pm-8:45pm. Email

BATSU! is performed at:
JeBon Sushi & Noodle (lower level)
15 St. Marks Pl (bwtn 2nd/3rd aves)
TRAINS: N Q R to 8th/NYU; 6 to Astor Place

Those with pre-purchased tickets (either from Laughstub or an outside ticket vendor) will be given priority admission. Guests with reservations at Jebon DO NOT HAVE TICKETS and will only be able to purchase tickets at the door pending availability. The only way to ensure entry is to pre-purchase tickets. Email with questions. 

Those who have participated in a previous BATSU! were awarded a survival ticket, good for 1 free admission to another performance! Survival tickets are valid for any show, HOWEVER, you MUST make a reservation with JeBon.

***Guests who wish to redeem a Survival Ticket MUST arrive prior to 7:45 AND have a reservation with JeBon, by calling 212.388.1313.

In the event that we have reached maximus capacity with available LaughStub tickets and reservations with JeBon, we will begin a wait list. All unclaimed reservations will be forfeited at 8pm, and we will begin seating from the Wait List.

Must be at least 21 to sign up for challenges. Those selected to compete in BATSU! will be awarded a free tickets to another performance and a free beer. Face Off Unlimited reserves the absolute right to select all participants. Participants must sign liability waiver and image release form. Signing waiver does not garauntee selection. Participants must be 21 years of age. JeBon and BATSU! reserve the absolute right to refuse entry/service to any persons.

Call or email us today for rates and packages. Pre-fix meals available. Perfect for Birthdays! Email and tell us about your event!