UCCA Beijing

Performing Arts Platform Series: Act a Fool with Jesse Appell and Oh Yeah Comedy


Performing Arts
Location:  UCCA Auditorium
Language:  Chinese Only

April Fool's Day has passed, but the magic of humor lasts. This month Jesse Appell, the American xiangsheng [crosstalk] impresario, returns to UCCA with the Oh Yeah Comedy crew for an afternoon of improv. Let the laughs roll, or if you’re feeling funny, join the hilarity and perform with them. The more the merrier!

Maybe work’s got you down, or Beijing traffic just isn’t improving. Improvisation turns life’s frustrations into comedic gold, so discover your inner-actor. Act a fool!

Ticketing & Participation

80 RMB / Person

60 RMB / UCCA members(Reservations required)


* Must be at least 18 years old to attend.

*Doors close 30 minutes after event begins. Please arrive on time.


Jesse Appell and Oh Yeah comedy

Jesse Appell is a Fulbright Scholar whose research focuses on Chinese humor and performance. He is a disciple of master crosstalk performer Ding Guangquan. Appell regularly performs crosstalk, bilingual improv comedy, and stand-up live and on Chinese television. He also creates comedic online videos intended for Chinese audiences. One of these, “Laowai Style,” garnered two million hits across several media platforms. Appell’s performances, writing, and commentary on Chinese comedy, media, and culture have been seen and heard on TEDx, PBS, NPR, and PRI, as well as on Chinese media such as CCTV, BTV, and CRI. He was selected as one of the “People of the Year” for 2012 by the Global Times. In 2012, Jesse founded www.laughbeijing.com, an organization that uses comedy to bridge cultural gaps.

About the Performing Arts Platform Series

In March 2014, UCCA and Ping Pong Productions launched the Performing Arts Platform Series. Through a wide variety of performances, open rehearsals, performing arts workshops, master classes, arts management seminars, lectures, talks and discussions with artists, critics and scholars, this program series creates unprecedented opportunities for Chinese and international performing artists and audiences to meet and interact. It facilitates cross-genre and cross-cultural exploration, enriching cultural exchange and collaboration between Chinese and international artists, audiences and students.


Ping Pong Productions

Ping Pong Productions is a catalyst that brings China and the world together through the performing arts. As artistic ambassadors, they engage cultures through discourse, searching for points of cooperation, mutual exchange and understanding. They develop cultural exchange projects and facilitate creative collaborations between Chinese and international artists, scholars and audiences. With teams based in China and the United States, PPP has extensive experience providing production, consulting, management and planning services.