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We are delighted to be able to invite you to an evening full of laughter and quality networking.
The newly opened US - China Comedy Centre has prepared for us and our friends a very special Fun Comedy evening.
In addition to being able to network with some of Beijing's best, this event includes a 45 minutes stand-up comedy show, a free welcome drink, and a chance to meet the stars of the show.
The show will be primarily in English with some Chinese interspersed.
“Laughter is an amazing bridge that connects people.”
If living in China as a foreigner can teach you anything, it’s how easily things can get lost in translation. This especially holds true for jokes. However, this difficult aspect of cultural exchange is exactly what Jesse Appell aims to tackle.
After first coming to China in 2010, Jesse didn’t speak Chinese, but quickly learned that “the surest and quickest way to make a real, personal connection with a friend from another culture is to laugh together.”
In 2012, he was awarded a Fullbright Scholarship to live in Beijing and study Chinese humor and performance. He has produced writings, viral videos, and bilingual stand-up and xiangsheng—traditional Chinese “cross-talk”—performances.
For Jesse, who has loved making funny videos since he was a kid and was a member of his college improv group, humor is a natural way reach out to others.
He gained popularity early on, from both Chinese and American audiences. “Laowai Style,” his “Gangnam Style” parody video created in 2012, had over a million views on his first posting, and this success led to more exposure on television and live performances.
Now, partnered with Asia Society’s, Jesse has launched a new web series called The Great LOL of China. A combination of standup and sketch comedy, these bi-weekly videos are meant to add a humorous voice to the conversations about cross-cultural exchange.
They highlight the “little things” that are often missing in mainstream American conceptions of China and help to deepen our understanding that the U.S. and China are not so different.
In a tongue-in-cheek approach to current events, Jesse alludes to the Nine Dash Line drawn in the South China Sea by the “nine duck line” in this bathtub scene.
In a recent episode of The Great LOL of China, Jesse takes a comedic spin on the US-China relationship, likening the two nations to roommates that each have their idiosyncrasies, and although they sometimes have awkward moments and misunderstandings, they coexist quite peacefully.
The skit alludes to various current events from China’s astounding pace of real estate development, (the actor portraying China, Jay Wang, takes over the Monopoly game board to China’s investment in African public infrastructure, (Wang offers the actor portraying Africa, Michael Tawanda, a railroad for his Monopoly game property to the common misconception that all Chinese dishes found in America, such as General Tso’s chicken, originated in China.
Date: Tuesday 25 October
7:30pm - Networking with Welcome Drink.
8:00 - 8:45pm Comedy Show
8:45 - 10:00pm Networking and meet the stars of the show.
US-China Comedy Center: 65 Xiaojingchang Hutong, “Project Pengyou” Courtyard, Beijing
When and Where
October 11, 2016 at 9:46 AM
October 18, 2016 at 9:46 AM