Comedy from behind the Red Curtain
Tim Clark20 November 2012
Comedy in China is a bit of an unknown quantity in the UK, at least to us anyhow, so when we had an enquiry from The Heavy East podcast team we asked them to tell us more about creating comedy in the communist country.
The three strong team of Jake Farrell, Henry Cowen and Chris Dodd are The Heavy East Podcast, a weekly comedy pod recording a year in the People's Republic of China...
Read any major UK news site or check any of the big TV channels over the course of one week and it is practically inevitable that you will see a sombre piece proclaiming to show you “The Face of New China”. Along with pictures of soaring construction projects, grandiose wealth and grinding poverty Western News tends to focus on huge abstract ideas relating to this monolithic country; namely how are they so economically successful and should we start shitting ourselves with fear about this success? Amidst all these worthy international relations seminars you never get the really important cultural knowledge.
For instance; did you know that in Shandong Province it is common practise for babies and toddlers to wear the equivalent of ass-less chaps which allow them to defecate uninhibited? It's a task which they undertake with considerable relish, and the consent of their parents, in almost any public place and almost any surface - including the floors of restaurants and display podiums in the shop front windows of glossy sports shops.
Facts like these interest us at The Heavy East Podcast, a weekly audio dispatch from the frontline of the worlds newest superpower. The Podcast started as an alternative way to record our experiences teaching in China for a year, but in the face of this country's many beautiful, beguiling and frankly fucking bonkers facets it has become a support group where, by sharing some of the things we have seen, we can try to assure ourselves they were real.
So if you fancy hearing three anxious Britons, fresh out of the burbs and fresh out of ideas, blunder their way through a year in The Middle Kingdom then The Heavy East Podcast is right up your street. If we didn't laugh at a lot of the stuff that has happened while we have been here then we definitely would have cried; hopefully listening will only provoke one of those two reactions in everyone else.
The Heavy East Podcast is available to stream and download at: www.soundcloud.com/heavyeastpodcast
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