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13 of China’s Best Stand-up Comedians are Heading to North America

China’s ‘father of stand-up comedy,’ comedian Li Dan, and his team will perform in 13 cities in Canada and the U.S. to kick off 2023 with a laugh

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1:25 PM HKT, Thu December 15, 2022

On December 10, Canada-based agency Lima Media announced they would collaborate with Li Dan and his Xiaoguo Culture Company to host a stand-up comedy tour in North America from January to February next year.

Xiaoguo Company released more details about the tour on December 14, revealing that the group will be divided into smaller teams and visit 13 cities in Canada and the United States: Toronto (January 19 and 21), Montreal (January 20), Calgary (January 24), Vancouver (January 25), Seattle (January 27), San Francisco (January 28), San Jose (January 29), Houston (February 2), Los Angeles (February 3), Washington D.C. (February 5), Boston (February 8), New York (February 10), and Chicago (TBD).

Presale tickets were released on December 13, and regular tickets will be available from December 17.

The agency also revealed the 13 Chinese comedians who will join the tour (shown on the poster below), including Li Dan himself and controversial comic Yang Li.

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Image via Lima Media

Li Dan is a stand-up comedian, the co-founder of Xiaoguo Culture Company, and curator and host of the stand-up comedy competition show Rock & Roast. Many credit him for making stand-up comedy mainstream in China.

Another famous Chinese stand-up comedian, Chizi, will also tour North America early next year alongside Chinese American biochemist and comedian Joe Wong. Chizi used to work with Xiaoguo but went solo in 2019.

Organized by Infinite Entertainment, Chizi’s tour will visit Vancouver, Toronto, New York, San Jose, and Los Angeles in February 2023. YouTuber UnicornShow will also appear on the tour as a special guest.

Cover image via VCG

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