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