Chapter Two: The Calm Before the Storm


Storm Xu is a comedian and the owner of a local comedy club. One of the very few comics who can perform in both English and Chinese, Storm is making a name for himself on the Chinese stand-up comedy scene as he deftly navigates between languages and cultures to connect with his various audiences.

5:21: Hip-hop influence

10:15: “Making it” as a comedian

15:00: Bilingual comedy

19:55: Let’s not talk politics

24:44: Performing under censorship

Music credits:

Analytical Skeletons,” by csus; “SNOWDROP” and “Take It Easy,” by PIANO FLAVA; “Early,” by Freshboiii; “xmpty,” by lofee; “Hip Hop Instrumental Bpm 117,” by Terri Skillz; and “D E C E M B E R,” by Sachko.

Storm Xu on social media:

Website | Instagram | Twitter

Works consulted:

Q&A with rising Chinese comic Storm Xu ahead of March 10 Salud gig, by Kyle Mullin; Heard the one about Asia’s comedy scene? First, you’ll need a permit, by Charlotte Graham-McLay; Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Dashan, Andy Curtain and Storm Xu are China’s stand-up pioneers, by Angus Grigg; What’s it like being a comedian in China, BBC Funny In Four; and Can stand-up comedy succeed in China?, by Robert Foyle Hunwick.

Comedy clips:

A STORM HITS LONDONStorm Xu stand-upStorm Xu – Comedy Show in a Military Base; and Comedian Storm Xu – Learning English from Biggie Tupac and Wu Tang Clan.