Date
21 August 2017
Xiangsheng actor Guo Degang hopes to air his popular shows in the United States. Photo: Xinhua
Xiangsheng actor Guo Degang hopes to air his popular shows in the United States. Photo: Xinhua

Crosstalk king mulls US broadcast network

Renowned Chinese comedian and xiangsheng actor Guo Degang said he plans to have a broadcasting network in the US to air his popular crosstalk shows and comedy skits, mainland media reported.

“I am preparing to apply for a private broadcasting license in LA, so that xiangsheng and Deyun She skits (a xiangsheng performance theater established by Guo in 1995) can air on television,” Guo is said to have told the Yangtze Evening Post.

The Tianjin native began learning pingshu, a Chinese style of folk art storytelling, when he was eight years old. He later studied under the great Hou Yaowen, and made a name for himself while performing xiangsheng, or cross-talk, at small theaters and teahouses, China Daily noted.

“Deyun She already has a branch in Australia, so aside from commercial performances, we also receive other kinds of business, such as selling Australian wine and operating lavender gardens. The idea of purchasing a network came to mind in Australia. It’s a form of business that’s no different from running a company,” Guo said.

Guo’s idea of launching a broadcasting network in Australia came to naught due to policy restrictions, so his friend suggested he consider the US market.

Although nothing is certain yet, Deyun She may have its own broadcasting network in Los Angeles by the end of 2014, he said.

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