Comedians bring Eastern style humor to the West

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From “live” in Shanghai to “live” in New York. Three American expats behind the first full-time comedy club in China — are back in the U.S.. They’re called the Kung Fu Komedy Club, but how much punch do they really pack.

CGTN’s Liling Tan reports. Follow Liling Tan on Twitter @LilingTan

Comedians bring Eastern style humor to the West

Comedians bring Eastern style humor to the West

From “live” in Shanghai to “live” in New York. Three American expats behind the first full-time comedy club in China — are back in the U.S.. They’re called the Kung Fu Komedy Club, but how much punch do they really pack. CGTN’s Liling Tan reports.
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Turner Sparks, the American co-founder of Kung Fu Komedy Club in China, is said to be the country’s first and only full-time standup comedy group.

Turner is taking Kung Fu Komedy Club’s style of East-meets-West humor back to the U.S. with two fellow comedians – Joe Schaefer and Gus Tate.

The three Americans behind Kung Fu Komedy Club have spent a combined total of 32 years in China, from Suzhou to Shanghai, Beijing to Hong Kong, and they’ve exported their unique brand of experience-based cross-culture humor to the comedy capital of the world. Little has been lost in translation.

Their winning formula Comic timing, and a shared appreciation for the humor and hijinks ensue when cultures collide and co-exist.

Kung Fu Komedy Club may be winning an international audience here in Manhattan, but it still holds on to its roots in China, and continues to win laughs back home in Shanghai.