The Drifters (ザ・ドリフターズ) is a comedy group formed in 1964 initially as a rock band. The group consisted of the leader Ikariya Chosuke (いかりや長介
) (died in 2004), Kato Cha (加藤茶
), Nakamoto Koji (仲本工事
), Takagi Bu (高木ブー
) and Arai Chu (荒井注
). Arai Chu retired in 1974 and Ken Shimura (志村けん
) joined them.