Titel: Zhou Libo: Xiaokan da shanghai (haipai qingkou) (Kabarettist Zhou Libo über Shanghai) - 海派清口－周立波：笑侃大上海
Medium: 1 DVD
ISBN: 7-88513-033-9, 7885130339, 978-7-88513-033-6, 9787885130336
Schauspieler: 周立波 Zhou Libo
Region code: code free
Zhou Libo 周立波 is a stand up comedian. In late 2008, Zhou Libo created his own stand-up comedy called "Shanghai's Qing Ko" which includes A Laughable Talk on the Past 30 Years and A Laughable Talk in Big Shanghai.
Talking about urban lives, economic and political issues in a mixture of Shanghai dialect, Mandarin and some English words, his performances are so "regional" (with most of the punchlines straight Shanghainese) that have been acclaimed (or only directly appreciated) by Shanghai citizens, who long for a local star to speak to their culture. He is even thought by some as a savior of the local Shanghai culture. He's perhaps the first stand-up comedian to joke the politicians in China.
Shanghai-style Stand-up Comedy
His genre is actually based on the tradition of comic drama, which first appeared in the 1930s and became popular in Shanghai and its adjacent Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. He himself used to be a comic drama performer with the Shanghai Comic Drama Troupe. The difference between the traditional comic drama and "Shanghai-style stand-up comedy", according to him, is that the latter is not only about joking, but pays more attention to the culture of Shanghai. His works focus on current events and he always tries to relate to what is happening now in the society, though there is also memory of the past.
Since the late 1990s, private troupes began to gradually win people back into theaters with their lively performances that are close to everyday life. Different from their forerunners who lost the competition with TV, the new generation of comic performers is good at cooperating and making use of mass media such as TV and the Internet. Compared to stereotyped TV variety shows and ideological programs presented by governmental troupes, these grassroots entertainers have been welcomed because of their relevant topics, earthy jokes and close interaction with the audiences. As comic stars become famous, live comic shows have also become a profitable industry.
In "A Laughable Talk on the Past 30 Years", a show that premiered last year which made him widely known, he talked about the drastic changes in Shanghai since the "reform and opening-up" in a light-hearted and humorous way. The content of this show included the changes of clothing trends, ups and downs in the Chinese stock market, and the shoe-throwing incident during premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Cambridge University.