Comedian brings God’s humor to Livingston Saturday

Samantha Hill

Principal and comedian, God and laughs; Kyle Yamada finds a way to mix all those aspects of his life into one funny show.

Yamada, who will be at the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts on Saturday, is bringing observational humor with a Christian flare in his act, “God Has a Sense of Humor.”

After graduating from college, he went to Los Angeles to be near his sister who was an actress. He soon discovered his knack for comedy and went from there.

“A producer met me at another comedy show and said I was good. After three months, I was touring and doing stand-up.”

As Yamada got a taste of fame, he said he realized he was also engaging in more of the ‘Hollywood’ lifestyle and didn’t enjoy where that path was leading him.

He then made a change and got out of the business. Yamada got married, moved back to his home state of South Dakota and had a couple of kids.

He began teaching and is now the principal at Corral Drive Elementary in Rapid City, South Dakota. He loves his work but still had an itch to do some comedy.

“I think God wanted me to do both,” Yamada said.

A year and a half ago, with a little help from his family and the Lord, he began doing stand-up again, visiting Montana, the Dakotas, Colorado and Nebraska once a month, in what he calls a “broken tour.”

Yamada said some of his humor stems from his old routines but has shifted slightly to fit more with his current life. He also pulls material from his experiences such as being part white, part Japanese and living in the midwest.

“It seems like people from L.A. get it but people from the midwest really seem to like it because its their life,” he said.  

He is a minister and that plays a part in his act. Yamada said he believes God does in fact have a sense of humor and that is why men and women are so different.

Music will also accompany the show.

Yamada said he has been able to balance both sides of his life thus far but may need to make some choices in the future if the balance becomes too difficult.

“My family has helped a lot with this balance,” he said.

However for now, he is happy to have the kids at his school ask him for jokes.

“They say ‘Hey I heard you did an act this weekend, you should tell me a joke,’ and I always say ‘I will only tell you a joke, if you do your work’,” he chuckled. “It is a really good way to get them back to work.”

The show will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Dulcie Theater at the Shane Center Saturday.

Tickets are $16 and may be booked at (605)415-3628 or