No joke: China’s backlash against stand-up stirs fear of comedy clampdown

May 20, 2023

[1/3] A person walks past a show venue of stand-up comedy company Xiaoguo Culture Media Co that has closed its business, in Beijing, China May 19, 2023. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, May 20 (Reuters) – One joke by a Chinese comedian about the nation’s military has spurred online uproar, a $2 million fine, a police probe, a sweep of cancelled shows and fears for the survival of Chinese stand-up comedy, a rare refuge for somewhat free speech.…

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