Chinese Stand Up Comedy
- American Comedian in China -
Jesse Appell, known onstage as Ai Jiexi is a Fulbright Scholar Alumni whose research focuses on Chinese humor and performance. He is a disciple of master Xiangsheng performer Ding Guangquan, and regularly performs Xiangsheng, bi-lingual improv comedy, and Chinese stand-up on TV. Jesse creates comedic online videos intended for Chinese audiences which have received millions of views across multiple platforms.
Jesse’s performances, writing, and commentary on Chinese comedy, media, and culture have been seen and heard on CBS, TEDx, PBS, NPR and PRI, as well as Chinese media such as CCTV, BTV, and CRI. He has performed Chinese comedy at Yale University, University of Washington, Brandeis University and more on his “Great LOL of China” North American tour. He was listed as one of the “People of the Year” by the Global Times in 2012. Jesse founded www.laughbeijing.com, with the focus of using comedy to bridge cultural gaps.
Ai Jiexi offers a main 45 minute show plus a 15 minutes performance. Shows can be done in English or Mandarin.
Ai Jiexi Jesse / Live performance clips / Promo video
Currently based in Los Angeles, CA, but willing to be based in Beijing, China depending on the contracts offered.
45 + 15 min. shows.