Title: The Great LOL of China - What's Funny in the Middle Kingdom
Date: November 12, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30
Location: Shiffman 219
Jesse will be giving a lecture/performance about his year as a Fulbright Research Fellow in Beijing. The talk will focus first on describing and performing traditional Xiangsheng comedy, including a rundown of its history and progression from street art to television mainstay, and the specifics of what makes Xiangsheng so interesting to Chinese audiences. Sprinkled throughout will be the performances and tongue-twisters that make Xiangsheng so interesting to audiences of all language levels.
The talk will then examine Jesse’s work experimenting with Western comedy styles in China, showing videos and doing live performances of pieces he wrote himself over the last year. This piece will include Chinese language stand-up jokes and bilingual comedy rap pieces, along with explanations of his adventures discovering how to mix western comedy styles with a Chinese sense of humor.
Join Jesse for a trip through his experiences learning how to make Chinese people laugh! Part performer and part researcher, the only way to describe Jesse’s cross-cultural comedy is to hear it.