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Chinese US funnyman in free city show

POPULAR Chinese American stand-up comedian Joe Wong makes his Shanghai debut later this month.

Tickets are free for the November 28 performance in a 400-seater venue at Fudan University.

In "Humor is the best solution to the imperfection of life," Wong will deliver a 90-minute performance in Chinese about his life experiences.

The Shanghai date is the final leg of Wong's November Chinese university tour.

Wong, who holds a PhD in molecular biology, has headlined the US Radio and TV Correspondents' Dinner, where he roasted Vice President Joe Biden last year.

His popularity has changed the American stereotyped impression of Asians as intelligent and diligent but lacking a sense of humor.

He first attracted widespread attention for an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2009.

Wong has also won many fans in China - he has more than 200,000 followers on Clips of his shows are popular on domestic video websites and

His biography in Chinese was published this month.

Wong, 41, grew up in China's northeast Jilin Province and graduated from Jilin University before continuing his chemistry studies at Rice University in Texas in 1994.

He started performing stand-up in 2002, while holding down a day job as a researcher for a pharmaceutical company.

For a chance to win tickets for Wong's Shanghai show, follow the organizer's microblog at


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