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Genki Girl Miley Verisse has decided to re-found the famed comedy club at Cherry Tree High. However, she's informed by her Arch-Enemy, Student Council President Octavia Richmond, that she has to have at least five members to form a new club... when, counting her roommate Harriet Sinclair, she only has two. With just over a month left until the deadline, can Miley gather enough new members to form the club?

The game was originally developed by doujin circle 773 using RPG Maker XP, and localized outside of Japan by Nyu-Media.

The Japanese website for the game can be found here, while the English-language site is here. Unfortunately, currently the game is difficult to find due to it being delisted from most platforms, including on Steam back in July 2022.

There are two other games in the Cherry Tree High series: I! My! Girls, a direct sequel Kinetic Novel in which Miley manages the club while dealing with the student council, a rival entertainment club, and a new transfer student; and Girls' Fight, a Card Battle Game Spin-Off in which Miley's punk rock friend is part of an inter-school fighting tournament.

Comedy Club provides examples of:

  • 13 Is Unlucky: On the evening of April 13, Dina loses money betting on racehorse number 13, which forces Miley and Harriet to order some takeout.
  • The Ace: You can make Miley this with enough replays, from master gamer to Iron Chef-level cooking.
  • All Just a Dream: The Bad Ending. It appears to be a New Game Plus-style fake-out à la Recettear, but the game does actually end there, forcing you to load your last save and try again.
  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Downplayed, she's not ordering the PTA or administration around, but Octavia is the person who decides whether or not your club get official funding from the school.
  • Alternate Character Reading: The original game's title, "manken", is a contraction of "manzai kenkyuubu" (comedy research club), but can easily be read as short for "manga kenkyuubu" (manga research club) instead. One character makes that mistake when Miley first talks about her new club. It's changed into a pun on "comedy" and "comic" (as in, comic books) in localization.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Some of the characters wear shirts have written words on them. When they face right, this trope becomes plainly obvious.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: But of course.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Not in-game, but the game engine itself. Especially considering RPG Elements below, you look at screenshots, and think it's a modified version of Ren'py. Nope. The entire game engine is using the RGSS to do one of the most impressive and comprehensive total conversions ever, with NONE of the original engine elements accessible.
  • Club Stub: Unlike in most series, you're playing as the one eagerly recruiting, rather than the one being eagerly recruited.
  • Cultural Translation: The setting and the characters have been renamed into more Western names during localization. This does, however, raise the question of why a school in the United States begins its academic year in April rather than in August or September.
    • Now being undone, as the game is re-released with the Japanese names and references restored.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Implied to be the reason why Miley is assembling her comedy club.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: How Vivian views Miley and Octavia's arguments.
  • Multiple Endings: Depends on how many and which candidates you recruit.
  • New Game Plus: Lets you carry over your Repertoire and knowledge of the candidates' likes and dislikes, but not anything else. Unless you get the worst ending, which does not allow you this privilege.
  • Nintendo Hard: Unless you've spoiled the game for yourself or use a guide, it is very very possible you will get the bad ending on your first run.
  • Noble Womans Laugh: Octavia does this to Miley at the beginning of the game when telling her about the new club rules such as having at least five members and only having till the end of April to form her club.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Vivian and Marion, who are blonde and blue-eyed, but only in the Japanese version does this trope apply, as all the other characters are Japanese
  • Punny Name: Miley Verisse... Verisse Miley... Very Smiley. It's so punny it stings. Her Japanese name, Hibisu Mairu (As in, Hibi Smile, a smile every day), is just as punny.
  • Race Lift: The English-language version.
  • Relationship Values: Each of the club member candidates can be talked into joining if you chat with them about their favorite topics. How well this works depends on Miley's own knowledge of the subject, and each topic can only be used once per candidate per game.
  • Rich Bitch: Octavia. She even boasts of having a fondness for Earl Grey tea.
  • RPG Elements: Rather than adventurer levels and experience points, Miley's skills are judged across 12 different conversation topics — Video Games, Politics, Romance, Fashion, etc. — and doing certain activities around town (reading magazines, watching TV, etc.) will increase those levels, allowing her to more easily befriend the six possible club recruit candidates.
  • Shout-Out: Full of them; no surprise, given that Tezuka Productions (known for localizing the Ace Attorney games) helped with the translation.
  • Save Point: Miley can only save the game by talking to Harriet in the dorm after hours.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Miley and Cindy.
  • Walking the Earth: Miley goes on adventures every year, and has just come back from one at the start of the game.

I! My! Girls! provides examples of:

  • Censor Box: Used as a gag in episode 8. When Mairu talks about Yoriko, her portrait briefly displays her eyes being covered with a censor bar, as if she were a witness to a crime.
    Mairu: "She seemed so quiet, but I knew she would snap someday."
  • Creative Differences: invoked This was the reason why the first Cherry Tree High Comedy Club broke up. According to Utena, who was the club supervisor for the first CTHCC, the duo that would become the Grinmeisters wanted a fast-track ticket to stardom, which created a rift between the duo and the rest of the club and led to the eventual closure of the club itself.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: When Ai first enters Cherry Tree High, Chitose easily notices her star power aura (visibly indicated by a white-and-yellow light effect surrounding Ai) and tells her to tone it down because she can't bear it.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Utena peppers her speech with Italian words, to show her sophisticated status.
  • Shout-Out: Some episode titles are obvious references to other media.
  • Sick Episode: Episode 5 focuses on Hoemi getting sick, which forces her to skip club activities.

Girls' Fight provides examples of: