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American Comedian, Jesse Appell to present “The Great LOL of China” on February 19, 2018

American Comedian Jesse Appell will present his journey through Chinese Comedy, “The Great LOL of China,” on Monday, February 19 at 5:30 pm in Taylor Hall, Room 203. The event is free and open to the public.

The evening will be part standup, part comedy lecture, and all about what’s currently funny in China.  It incorporates Jesse’s five years of writing and performing comedy in China, first as a Fulbright scholar researching the traditional art of Xiangsheng “Cross-talk” Comedy, and later as a web celebrity and TV comedian in the middle kingdom.  The show has tips for learning Chinese, living abroad, music videos about life in Beijing, and stories about learning how people can come together through laughter.

Jesse Appell is a Fulbright Scholar Alumni whose research focuses on Chinese humor and performance. He is a disciple of master Xiangsheng performer Ding Guangquan, and regularly perform Xiangsheng, bilingual improv comedy, and Chinese stand-up live and on TV, with video view counts exceeding 10 million.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, Asian Studies Program and Vassar's Chinese Student Community.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, February 2, 2018