Ai Jessie, playing a Chinese-style talk show “foreign drift”

  I used it twice to interview Ai Jesse. For the first time, he sat up and chatted, his body moved unconsciously, either making tea or making gestures, which was hard to hide his restraint. He who plays a comedy also recognizes his life?
  A few days later, the second interview started in a voice solitaire: he sprinted, shouted “rumble”, and “threw” his voice to the reporter like a ball. The reporter had to repeat his performance within 5 seconds. Make a new set and pass it on to the next person. In the game for more than 10 minutes, Ai Jesse jumped up and down, unable to stop for a moment. After the game was over, he confessed the tweak at the time: “I have ADHD and can’t sit still.”
  Aijiexi really couldn’t relax. He founded a small theater “China-US Comedy Center” in the courtyard of Beijing’s Xiaojingchang Hutong to teach people improvisational comedies-without scripts and props, relying on temporary dialogues between actors to perform them. This game is a warm-up activity before the impromptu comedy. He has to “improvise” several games every day. However, these activities are only part of Ai Jessie’s life. In addition to small theater performances, he also talks about cross talk, writing scripts, and making Vlogs (video blogs), and what made him famous is talk shows.
  Talk shows also have “China-US problems.”
  ”I’m Ai Jesse, from the Northeast.” He comes from Boston, a city in the northeastern United States, and often introduces himself like this. In 2017, Ai Jessie became popular on Dragon TV’s “Post-80s Talk Show Tonight”. “When I first came to China, I discovered that no matter what I say, the Chinese will always only say one thing to me: You speak Chinese so well!” He has blond hair and a height of over 1.8 meters, and his eyes widened when he talks about passion , Every sentence has an ending-the heavy bass laugh “hum”, short and rough, with the posture of a Northeastern Chinese.
  Talk shows, stand-up comedies, originated in England in the 18th century. People ridiculed their lives in coffee shops and bars, and pointed to social phenomena. In the last century, it became popular in the United States on a large scale, but it only emerged in China in recent years. At present, there are only about forty actors performing professional talk shows in China, but the influence of talk shows is not inferior to other variety shows. Many of Beijing’s talk show actors often ridicule the embarrassment of squeezing the subway, renting a house, and being an older youth. They almost always laugh at themselves as “have a dream, but earn less”, with a hint of helplessness, and also reveal a presupposition: comedy has to laugh with tears before poking people’s hearts.
  But Aijiexi said “a natural comedy without tragedy”. He ridiculed his career like this: “After returning to the United States, I told my dad that I was a talk show actor in China, and he said’Speak English!’ In the American father-son debate, “I can’t speak Chinese, you say it again” was the laughing point. With his exaggerated body language, the audience was amused.
  Ai Jessie also speaks on talk shows in the United States, touring seven or eight weeks a year, including the luxury international cruise ship Royal Caribbean and more than 30 colleges and universities. People are very curious about his experience of talking about talk shows in China and the United States. National Public Radio, British Radio and Television, Ted and others have asked him to share interesting stories.
  There are not many talk show actors, and it is even rarer to speak to audiences of different nationalities. For this reason, Ai Jessie and the Chinese talk show actor Huang Xixing are in sympathy. In 2010, Huang Xi was the only Chinese actor invited to speak on a talk show at the White House. Former US Vice President Biden was his fan. Knowing that Ai Jessie had a theater in Beijing, Huang Xi often came to support him, “Even if there are only a few people in the audience, Huang Xi will still talk about the whole scene very professionally.”
  He and Huang Xi face the same problem: Talking about talk shows in China and the United States, the Chinese find funny content, the Americans have not heard of it; most Americans find funny content, the Chinese don’t know. This contradiction has not been completely resolved until now, but Ai Jessie has learned to live with it: the same stalk, two versions aimed at Chinese and American audiences. For example, when talking about the funny things he encountered in China as a Jew, Ai Jessie said to the Chinese audience: “Many Chinese people will say that I am a Jew, are you a Jew? My cousin is from Wenzhou!” Both are good at doing business. He recorded this episode into a video and uploaded it to Youku, which was very popular, with more than 1 million views.
  When he returned to the United States to perform, he took out this video and said: “Look at the message below. What Chinese netizens are discussing is not whether this analogy is based or not, but whether Wenzhou people are worthy of being called’Oriental Jews’.” Ai Jessie knew very well. If you talk to American audiences directly, you must first explain that Wenzhou is a Chinese city, and then explain that the people there are good at doing business. “If you explain too much comedy, it will be boring.” He shrugged. Americans are accustomed to thinking about whether there is any basis for analogy. If they talk about the Chinese way of thinking, they will find it very interesting.   During the interview with the
  teacher “Beijing Foreign
Teacher ” , Ai Jessie casually memorized the classic cross talk “Little Child”: I was thinking that in the beginning, Wen Yanbo of the Song Dynasty, children had the wisdom of pouring a hole and floating balls… He was connected with Chinese comedy. Speaking from cross talk.
  He studied at Brandeis University in Boston as an undergraduate. The school has a history of more than 70 years. It was initiated by Jews to provide education for displaced Jews. It later developed into a well-known private research university, known as the “Jewish Harvard”. Alumni include Turing Award winner Ellis Ren Porter, Abel Prize winner Karen Uhlenbeck, and multiple Nobel Prize winners.
  In the sophomore year, the school had an exchange program to China, so Ai Jessie stayed in Beijing for 6 months, met Chinese friends who played comedy, and found that Chinese humor was particularly interesting. After returning to the United States, he decided to study Chinese comedy and began to apply for a Fulbright scholarship. This is a well-known research scholarship in the United States. Its applications are for undergraduates, masters, doctors, and even professors in the United States. Funds are provided for the recipients to do research in various countries. However, the selection is extremely strict, and only about forty people are selected each year. At that time, the subject of Chinese comedy was almost uninterested. In order to obtain the scholarship, Ai Jessie asked Mo Dawei, a teacher who has studied Chinese culture. Mo Dawei once studied at Peking University and is now the deputy dean of Peking University Yenching College. He suggested that Ai Jesse narrow the scope and only study cross talk, because this is a traditional Chinese folk art, which has both Chinese humor and can practice Chinese. In the end, undergraduate Ai Jessie won a scholarship and went to Beijing again in 2012.
  With the help of Mo Dawei, Ai Jessie met the cross talk actor Ding Guangquan and worshipped him as a teacher. Ding Guangquan is known as “the head of foreigners in Beijing.” In 1988, the program team of the Spring Festival Gala of CCTV found Ding Guangquan and asked him to teach foreign students about cross talk and let them perform on stage. Since then, many students who have studied abroad have become his disciples, such as the first foreigner to board the Spring Festival Gala, Karlo of Yugoslavia, Canadian Dashan, and Mo Dawei.
  Ding Guangquan has a “Happy Class” every Saturday, allowing foreign students to recite classic crosstalk works and tongue twisters and learn Chinese history. Before learning cross talk, Ai Jessie understood that the best part of comedy is that you can’t cheat, because you can tell whether it is funny or not. After learning cross talk, he has a new understanding of this-if the burden is thrown out, there will be laughter immediately, it means that it is well said. If someone laughs after two or three seconds, “usually the audience gives you face.” “Foreigners come on stage, and the Chinese audience sees that Chinese is so difficult. It is good if foreigners are willing to learn and speak a few sentences. Don’t be serious if you speak well or not.” Aijiexi said as he imitated the “enthusiastic audience”. Applause. However, Ding Guangquan forbids him to take advantage and asks him to recite the excerpts to practice Chinese: “Crosstalk is the art of speaking Chinese. To speak authentically, you must learn Chinese, and you must not learn how to recite it.”

  At this time, the active and noisy Ai Jessie encountered a problem. Ding Guangquan asked him to sit in a chair and listen to others for 3 hours before speaking. Ai Jesse was not convinced: “How can I improve if I don’t speak it myself?” Ding Guangquan told him that no matter if you are learning language or acting, you have to cultivate your ears before you can cultivate your mouth. If you can’t tell the difference between yourself and others, then Never say bad.
  Sure enough, after practicing this way for a while, Ai Jessie’s Chinese is getting more and more slippery, and a program team found him and wanted him to perform tongue twisters. Ding Guangquan discouraged: “Although you are a foreigner, the more important identity is a cross talk actor. If you just go to talk about talking and have no real content, it is impossible to tell the real interest of cross talk. You should not rush to the show, but sink. Get down to the basics.”
  Over the past few years, he has followed Ding Guangquan to learn grammar, sentence segmentation, observe the audience’s reactions, and talk cross talks with his brothers all over the country.
  After the death of 73-year-old Ding Guangquan, the always lively Aijiexi was silent for a long time. “He is like a father. It is my’sense of security’, let me know that at least someone here is really good for me.” Ding Guangquan committed to doing real comedy, Aijie Xi pointed down the floor: “Do this theater is trying to accomplish Ding wish.”
  ”Impromptu”, that the letter
  in a small theater Aijie Xi, the wall read biological UK The famous saying of Jane Goodall: What you do is influential, and you have to decide what kind of influence you want to have. Here, Ai Jessie has an impromptu comedy experience class. Every week, people come here for the first experience of improvisation. It is not easy to have a complete improvisation. The reporter has seen failures.
  A: Who are you? The company is off work, why are you here?
  B: I belong to this company.
  A: (questioning expression) But you didn’t wear our staff uniform.
  B: (Embarrassed expression) I was invited by you to give a report.
  A: Then it’s so late, why don’t you leave?
  B: I made a report, and I have to wait for the report to come out.
  In less than a few sentences, this banter-like rivalry could not continue, because one side questioned the identity of the other side, and the other side refused to leave according to the other side’s needs. “The prerequisite for improvisation to be successful is that both parties are disarmed, open their hearts, and appropriately engage in dialogue according to each other’s needs, otherwise the plot will not unfold and the story will not continue.” Aijiexi told reporters that this can solve many real-life problems. Such as rebuilding trust between people.
  He “improvised” like this: he pressed his partner on the chair, swayed back and forth, and then said: “You heinous guy!” The audience thought that Ai Jessie was playing the policeman who had just caught the criminal, and the partner was also Take advantage of the trend to make a fierce expression. Unexpectedly, Aijiexi said: “Sell popsicles to children?! Did you know that eating too much sugar may cause diabetes!” The unexpected turn made the audience laugh. The partner adjusted his expression cleverly and
  bowed his head: “I know I was wrong…” Aijiexi spent most of his life in China after university. In his own words, “Here, I seem to know that I am Who’s up”. For example, the Chinese will ask him about the Jewish habits. In the process of frequently answering, he constantly confirms and thinks about his cultural background. “In a foreign culture, the local people is a mirror, be able to tell you who you are.”