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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.

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Clay Baldo

Originally from the U.S., Clay moved to China after graduating from Bates College in 2013. His background is in audio production and script writing. He first got interested in China in college and studied abroad in Beijing. When Clay’s not thinking about the individual’s role in shaping culture, he’s snuggling with his pug, trying and failing to make rap music, reading comic books, and rollerskating.

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