Xiangsheng (crosstalk) is one of the oldest comedic traditions in China dating back to the Qing dynasty. It requires the mastery of four talents: speaking (說), imitating (學), teasing (逗), and singing (唱). Watch Da Shan - a Canadian Xiangsheng performer mastering it.
The first part of Dashan’s joke about a county chief trying to hide his lack of penmanship at a calligraphy exhibition.
Dashan continues the amusing story of County Chief Hu Bu Zi and his farcical attempt to conceal that he is a fraud.
Dashan continues his comedic sketch about "calligrapher," Hu Bu Zi.
Canadian Mark Henry Rowswell is perhaps the most famous foreigner in China. He talks to talk show host, Chen Luyu, about his life and remarkable career in China as xiangsheng (a traditional form of "crosstalk" comedy) performer and cultural ambassador, Dashan.
Dashan talks about when he first came to China and reveals that even he once struggled to master the language.
How did Dashan get his big break? See that first CCTV skit that made him famous.
Dashan talks about the moment he realized he was a household name in China, while old friends and xiangsheng legends Jiang Kun and Ding Guangqun reveal what makes the Canadian such a special talent.
One of Dashan's xiangsheng teachers shares his feelings about his foreign "grandson."
He was at Beida and performed a skit on CCTV. Did a lot of girls like him back then? Pry into Dashan's personal life and... is Zhang Kai Li really his wife?
How does Dashan feel about China?
How is his life with his family?
What is Dashan's family like? How do he and his wife get along with each other? Watch this to understand more about Dashan and his family.
How does Dashan feel about being the communication ambassador between the Chinese and the West? Let us appreciate and know more about Dashan's twenty years of effort.
Dashan is the Chinese stage name adopted by Canadian Mark Henry Rowswell. Dashan is unique in that he is the only foreigner who has become a domestic Chinese celebrity. In this video, he performs Xiangsheng (相声), a form of Chinese comedy. Xiangsheng is commonly translated as "cross talk."