Appearance on Uncles’ Restaurant, Jiangsu TV

Me, Joseph, Guo Degang and Meng Fei

This is my most impressive tv appearance, in terms of celebrity star power, though it doesn’t have much to do with me drawing pictures. Jiangsu Television, one of China’s most watched channels, came to Dali to shoot a series called Uncles’ Restaurant (“大叔小馆”). The idea is that four celebrities,
the actors Guo Jingfei (郭京飞) and Tong Dawei (佟大为), television host Meng Fei (孟非), and xiangsheng comedian Guo Degang (郭德纲) open a little barbecue place in Dali, and chat with the locals – and that included us :).  

This is us just turning up, the director thought it’d be more entertaining if I pretended not to speak Chinese.
I gave them a copy of A Dali Sketchbook, and a cartoon I’d done of them.
Like Cecilia and I, Guo Jingfei also had a ‘lightning’ marriage – he got married after a week of dating, we got married after a month.

You only see it for a second, but here’s the cartoon I did of the four of them as Dali native animals, they seemed to like it (always a risk you’ll offend someone, I was a bit worried about Guo Degang as a newt):

Left to right: Guo Degang, Meng Fei, Tong Dawei and Guo Jingfei.
With Guo Jingfei
The caption says, ‘An English gentleman’s smile’
Left to right: Da Tongwei, Meng Fei, Guo Degang, Guo Jingfei

The whole restaurant was set up for the show, so every wall had a number of holes where hidden cameras poked through filming us. They were surprisingly kind in the edit – there was one point I ate a lump of beef, like beef jerky, not realising you’re supposed to cut it up first, and had to spit it out with zero dignity intact. That didn’t make the final broadcast, amazingly.

1 Comment

  1. This is awesome!!! I always knew you guys were made for (the big) screen. And nothing beats the animated editing of Chinese TV shows :-)

    Miss you guys!

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