Dashan Live

Traditional Xiangsheng

Live performance in Shanghai, 1990

This is a good example of the word games played in traditional xiangsheng. An English translation just wouldn't work.

Looking at this 30 years later, my timing is bad and I look awkard on stage, but overalI think this stands up pretty well. At the time I'd only been doing xiangsheng for a few months.

The performance played in its entirety in regular rotation on radio, but the last punchline was too much for television as it refers to 流氓 [liúmáng] “hoodlum", or someone who sexually harasses women. Those few seconds never made it to television, but have been restored here from some (very faded) footage from an old VHS tape I had in my personal collection.

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