UCCA Beijing

Performing Arts Platform Series: Jesse Appell's Cross-Cultural “Humor Experiment”


Performing Arts
Location:  UCCA Auditorium
Language:  In Chinese only

Still looking for something fun and exciting to do this Mid-Autumn Festival? Bring your family and friends to UCCA to spend the holiday with international "humor expert" Jesse Appell!

For this event, part of UCCA’s ongoing Performance Art Platform Series, Appell will first perform his pioneering Chinese stand-up comedy, which draws upon his observations and discoveries as a foreigner in China. Appell will then give a small talk on the special characteristics of stand-up comedy as well as its similarities to Chinese crosstalk. In the second half of the show, renowned crosstalk comedian Ding Guangquan, a disciple of crosstalk master Hou Baolin, will join Appell on stage and perform the traditional crosstalk piece Sing the Three Kingdoms.

Ticketing & Participation:

Presale: RMB 50

Door: RMB 70

Presale tickets can be purchased on the UCCA website and on Douban.


*You can collect your ticket from the ticket desk 30 minutes before the event begins.

*No late entry.


Jesse Appell

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.

Special Guest

Ding Guangquan (crosstalk performer)

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.