We’re not ones to fawn over foreigners who speak Chinese good*, but we give plaudits where it’s due: check out Jesse Appell performing a stand-up act in Chinese on Saturday as part of the Bookworm’s The Humor Section, a monthly comedy event hosted by Des Bishop. (You might remember Appell as the Fulbrighter behind the Youku sensation Laowai Style — and a recent guest on the Sinica Podcast — who has since gone on to found the website Laugh Beijing with the goal of “connecting China and other cultures through comedy.”)
Make sure to catch his closing, an exercise in cross-talk prowess (the rhyming routine is called guankou 贯口). Xiangsheng in stand-up comedy — a beautiful merging of East and West.
Also of note were the Chinese comics who performed in English. (Joe Wong‘s influence was apparent.) The Good Doctor took footage, including an interview with Bishop, which we hope to post later this week.
The headliner was Los Angeles-based comedian Jimmy Schubert, who complained about cell phone technology, forgot part of his set, then consulted notes on his iPhone. His chicken omelete joke was pretty funny though. In the middle of a joke featuring a fish called Larry, a British man in the audience heckled him. It was an entertaining cap to the night.
*I know, I know.