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“John Oliver” Censored After Roast of Xi Jinping

U.S.-based British comedian John Oliver’s name has become a sensitive word on Weibo following a particularly well–researched 20-minute segment roasting Xi Jinping’s policies on his weekly HBO show “Last Week Tonight” last Sunday. At Inkstone, Alan Wong describes his unsuccessful attempts to...

Why China Loves ‘The Daily Show’

After another escalation of provocative rhetoric from North Korea, Jon Stewart mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the country’s clear use of photoshop in propaganda on the April 2 episode of The Daily Show. The...

TV Show Host Responds to Conan O’Brien

Last week late night comedian Conan O’Brien blasted a Chinese TV show, Dapeng, for blatantly ripping off his opening sequence: Now, Shanghaiist points us to a response issued by Dapeng in which he apologizes to...

Class and Capitalism Mix with Comedy

The Washington Post profiles Shanghai comedian Zhou Libo: While Beijing authorities crack down hard on any stirring of disrespect in Tibet and other areas inhabited by ethnic minorities, they’ve let Zhou vent —...

China’s Comedians Who May Really Cause Pain

An eye-opening commentary from the Beijing News (新京报), translated by CDT: Although it has a declining viewership, China’s New Year Gala on CCTV is probably still the most watched show ever in the country (it’s like...

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