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Happy Journeys to America - The First Special Performance of Chinese Comedians to the United States
Meany Hall at UW
Seattle, WA
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Happy Journeys to America - The First Special Performance of Chinese Comedians to the United States
The performance is featured by 12 famous comedians from Mainland China and Taiwan. They will perform a series of Xiangsheng (traditional Chinese comedy). Most of the comedians have performed at CCTV's annual New Year's Gala. They will perform different kinds of traditional Chinese comedies, including clappertake (rhythmic talk with bamboo or wooden clappers as an accompaniment), crosstalk, and etc.  Xiangsheng is a unique performance loved by thousands of millions of Chinese all over the world.

Brief Introduction of Performers:

Zhang, Zhikuan is a master in performing clappertalk (rhythmic talk with bamboo or wooden clappers as an accompaniment) in China. He is also one of the most well known quyi performing artists in China and loved by tens of thousands of fans.  He is famous for portraying different characters with delicacy and giving a variety of excellent vocal expressions in rhythmic beats. He is also skilful in creating a joyful atmosphere. His clear, bold but elegant performing style makes him one of the most favorable Chinese Quyi artists and is honored the title of The Best Clappertalk Performer in China.  He has given performances in China and other countries like Australia, the United States, France and Portugal.  Apart from giving clappertalk performance, he also hosts the show with his own unique comedic style.

Wu, Zhaonan is a talented crosstalk performer with exceptional personal charm and elegant style. He has been highly regarded as a first-level comedian and honored as Guobao (national treasure) in Taiwan. In 2000, he received an award of Life-time achievement from Lincoln Center for Performing Arts.

Ma, Zenghui is an outstanding artist in Dagu and Danxian (talk with singing and Chinese stringed instrument accompaniments).  For decades, she has been a famous female performing artist across China.  Born in a family of Chinese Quyi artists, she began Chinese Quyi performance since the age of 5.  She has a clear and sonorous voice, making audience a wonderful feeling when listening to her stories.  Her unique style of presentation displays exquisitely and accurately each kind of characters and their thoughts and feelings.  Audience will be immersed in the intensive artistic power and style of her performances which can best be described as fresh, vigorous, free and bold, humorous and charming. She has been invited to perform in various parts of China and around Asia, including Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Li, Weijian and Wu, Bin are representative crosstalk performers.  They excel at performing comic dialogues reflecting real life and popular social concerns of people in China.  They humorously sparring back and forth bringing delights to audiences.  Since year 2000, they together have won numerous top prizes in national crosstalk contests.  Recently in 2008, their outstanding performance Crazy Stock Chasers which vividly portrayed people irrationally hunting for profits in the Chinese stock market was awarded one of the most favorable comedic talk shows in the New Years Gala presented by CCTV, Chinas most watched national program during Chinese New Year.  In early 2009, they were selected to represent China to perform a piece of crosstalk Happy Reunion with Taiwanese performers to promote cultural exchange between China and Taiwan.  Both Li, Weijian and Wu, Bin are named the best crosstalk performers in the young generation of Chinese Quyi circle.  Their satirical comedic dialogues and spectacular performing skills will bring a stream of laughs to the audience.

Han, Baoli is a renowned Sanxian (three stringed Chinese lute) player.  He was the winner of Wenhua Award, an honor presented by Chinas National Cultural Bureau to outstanding Chinese musical instrument performers; as well as the Peony Award, Chinas highest national honor for Quyi artitsts.   He is highly regarded as Chinas Top Sanxian player.  He will demonstrate fabulous artistic expression of Chinese culture and emotion through his thrilling Sanxian performance.  His music will also accompany other Chinese Quyi performers to maximize the aural enjoyment by the audience.

Du, Guozhi and Li, Boxiang are prominent crosstalk performers.  They have been teamed up for over 30 years and are very popular among audience across China.  In 1995, their team work won the Peony Award, Chinas highest national honor for Chinese Quyi artists.  All over the years, they have given numerous performances in major national and municipal TV stations across China and Asia. They are also regular panel judges and guest performers in professional crosstalk performance contests.  

Jiao, Jiandong and Shi, Lei are masters of the Chinese hand shadow art.  In 1991, they became the first artists in China to create and develop hand shadow plays with Chinese traditional and folk features.  They are well known in modeling their hands on different Chinese human characters and animals, and vocal mimicry for each of the shadowed figures in presenting their comedies.  Seeing and hearing the play, the audience thus enjoys a unique feast for both their eyes and ears. Through humor, the audience is invited to follow their innate instinct and laugh at the comical noises coming from the stunning mouth skills of these two performers. Their performances are popular with the audiences and the show organizers in over 50 countries, including Britain, Russia, Norway, South Korea, and Thailand as well as Chinas major national TV stations, such as CCTV and Beijing TV.

Cao, Shuzhen is the hostess of Happy Journeys to America.  She is one of the famous entertainment hostesses in the Quyi art circle.  She is a talented actress, singer, dancer and Chinese Quyi performer.  She has been hosting entertainment shows since she was 7 years old and is honored as the Goddess of Stage.

Liu, Junhua is a famous award-winning Yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) player in China. She has presented stage performances in numerous large-scale concerts and music festivals.  The exceptionally melodious and artistic conception oozed out of her superb performance of Yangqin has been widely recognized in the Chinese traditional musical instrument circle.


Meany Hall at UW
Seattle, WA 98195
United States



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Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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