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Taiwan 3 Tenors variety show

A three-man variety show with well-known faces from Taiwan will be staged at the Shanghai Grand Theater on Saturday where three funny men will sing, dance, talk with the audience and play games.

The show, "Three Hard Tenors," features famous and versatile Taiwanese talk show hosts, singers and actors Jacky Wu (Wu Zongxian), Kan Kan (Kang Jinrong) and Frankie Kao (Gao Lingfeng).

"We called the show 'Three Hard Tenors' (San Da Nan Gao Yin) to make the show full of humor and bring more fun to the audience," Wu told a press conference in Shanghai.

In Chinese, "man" and "hard" share the same pronunciation as nan.

The group was formed three months ago.

Wu is called Xian Ge (literally "Elder Brother Xian"), known for his quick wit and cross-fire talk. He hosts numerous variety shows, such as the long-running "Guess."

Kao, 60, has been known as the "Frog Prince" for more than three decades. He is known for his song "Flaming Phoenix."

"We will definitely be compared with Super Band (formed by veteran singers Lo Ta-yu, Jonathan Lee, Emil Chau and Chang Chen-yue) as we both are re-formed groups of senior artists in Taiwan," says Kao, "Unlike Super Band, which brings the classic memory of music, we will bring happiness and freshness to our audience."

The upcoming Shanghai show will be the first stop on their China tour, which also includes Beijing, Chengdu (Sichuan Province), Wenzhou (Zhejiang Province) and Xiamen (Fujian Province), ending in Taipei.

"We put all our energy and passion in this show and we want each show to be memorable to the audience," says Kan, a post-1980s talk show host who was the student of funny man Wu.

The trio is supported by more than 50 Taiwanese celebrities, who will attend the Shanghai show, including girl band S.H.E. and singers Rene Liu, Chyi Chin and Landy Wen.

"We will seat them among the audience so that fans can meet stars in every corner," says Wu.

The show may console fans who were disappointed that Super Band announced it would not perform in the near future in China after completing its last concert tour.

Date: April 3, 7:30pm

Venue: Shanghai Grand Stage, 1111 Caoxi Rd N.

Tickets: 188-1,298 yuan

Tel: 962-388


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