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Dashan Studios

I've worked my entire career as a freelancer, one show or project to the next. In recent years, my focus has been primarily on live performing plus whatever interesting opportunities might come up along the way, or just working on personal productions in my own home studio.

Verses of Chu Verses of Chu
Poetry Narration

My interests took a more classical turn in 2020. Comedy is about being engaged and relevant, and it's hard to maintain that edge when you're not on stage in front of live audiences. On the other hand, it's a great opportunity for brushing up on Chinese poetry.

Gilbert Memoirs Gilbert Memoirs
Kweiteh Memoirs

A new audio series, narrating the memoirs of a Canadian doctor who led a refugee camp in Henan during the Japanese occupation of 1938, at a missionary hospital my own grandparents once called home.

Master Calligrapher Master Calligrapher
Xiangsheng: "Master Calligrapher"

County official with an outsized reputation is put to the test

Dashan on Guangdong TV Dashan on Guangdong TV
Xiangsheng: "Four Famous Dishes"

Adapted from a traditional xiangsheng piece, this was one of the last live performances I did in early 2020 before the pandemic struck, later edited and broadcast on Guangdong TV in March, 2021.

Dashan - One Minute Intro Dashan - One Minute Intro
Dashan: One Minute Introduction

30 years of the "Dashan Story" in 60 seconds

Jiang Kun Calligraphy Jiang Kun Calligraphy
Jiang Kun's Ode to Dashan
Animated calligraphy

"A distinguished scholar and blockhead"

姜昆、唐杰忠、大山 姜昆、唐杰忠、大山
Traditional Xiangsheng "128 Legs"

One of the first xiangsheng I ever performed, recorded in Shanghai in early 1990. The ending was censored for television broadcast, but has been restored here.

Dashan Dashan
Vlog: Pandemic Plans

Live performances gradually came to a halt as the pandemic spread. Where do we go from here?

Douyin Douyin

Short Videos:Nothing regular, just random bits for fun.

Dashan Dashan
Vlog: Farewell to the Beijing Bookworm

The Bookworm has been a cradle for Chinese language stand-up, and was the stage where I first tried out new material for "Dashan Live" [Published November, 2019]

Dashan Live

Dashan Live is on hold for the time being. Who really knows when both live performing and international travel will return to anywhere near pre-pandemic levels? I just decided to step back, focus on other things for a year or two, and come back with a new show when the time is right. No rush for now, but eventually this is what I would like to get back to. Here are some samples from shows I've done in the past:

Dashan Live Dashan Live
Dashan Live at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Short excerpt: "Xiangsheng Changed My Life"

Dashan Live Dashan Live
Dashan Live at the Sony Centre, Toronto

A guest appearance with new material: "Learning Cantonese"

Dragon TV Dragon TV
Dashan Live on Dragon TV

First appearance back on TV in the new format.

Dashan Live Dashan Live
Dashan Live at the Star Theatre, Beijing

How did I end up with a ridiculous name like "Dashan"?