Xiangsheng (??) or "crosstalk" is a traditional Chinese art form that has undergone a revival in China over the past few years, particularly among artsy youth and even within the local indie music scene.

Xiangsheng (??) or “crosstalk” is a traditional Chinese art form that has undergone a revival in China over the past few years, particularly among artsy youth and even within the local indie music scene. At its core, crosstalk is a comedic performance that is characterized by rapid-fire bantering, filled with linguistic Chinese puns. Most often performed between two actors, the closest equivalent outside of China would be Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” sketch.

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