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Traditional crosstalk

Traditional crosstalk

Crosstalk, xiangsheng in Chinese (literally, "face and voice"), is a traditional form of comic dialogue that came about in China"s imperial Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Crosstalk, usually performed by two people, also can be performed by one person or even a group of people.

The performers will try their best to make fun or take advantage of the other/s with the skillful play of words, a technique that brings to the fore the craft and wit of the Chinese language.

In the old days in Tianjin, Beijing, and elsewhere, temple fairs and street markets were where crosstalkers performed. More famous performers were invited to perform in teahouses and theaters. 

 

 
   
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