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Jewish and Chinese Humor

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Storrs Campus
Laurel, rm 102

Intercultural Comedian Jesse Appell Presents on Jewish and Chinese Humor

Fulbright scholar and comedian Jesse Appell will present his unique brand of intercultural comedy that mixes Jewish humor with the traditional art of Xiangsheng, a 150-year-old Chinese comedy folk art.

A graduate of Brandeis University, Jesse continued his studies in Beijing in 2012 where his receipt of a Critical Language Enhancement Award made possible intensive language study and a Fulbright scholarship funded his research on Chinese comedy.

As well as studying and performing Xiangsheng, Jesse also performs bilingual improv and has been showcased on Chinese television. Jesse writes a comedy blog for China Personified and LaughBeijing. Jesse created the LaughBeijing project in an effort to connect Chinese and Western culture through comedy and to develop new ways of combining the comedic styles of both groups.

This is the final event of the Jewish Humor Series co-sponsored by UConn’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute.


Aaron Rosman, 860-486-2271,

Judaic Studies (primary), Asian American Cultural Center, Asian American Studies Institute, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Literatures, Cultures and Languages, UConn Master Calendar

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