What will one joke cost China’s comedians?
Stand-up comedy only recently emerged in China, but one bad joke is threatening to wipe it out. Last month, the comedian Li Haoshi, better known as ‘House’, used a Chinese military slogan as his punchline. Li was placed under investigation and the event’s production company was fined $2 million. Other standup performances were immediately suspended. Critics say it’s part of a wider crackdown on all forms of cultural entertainment that could challenge the Chinese government’s own narrative.
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- Katrina Yu (@Katmyu), Al Jazeera China correspondent
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