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Ceremony to be held honoring late crosstalk master Wu Zhao-nan
相聲大師吳兆南辭世 歡樂永留人間

The late crosstalk master Wu Zhao-nan is pictured in this promotional photo.

Photo: CNA

The apprentices of Wu Zhao-nan are holding a ceremony tomorrow in memory of the late legendary crosstalk performer. Wu died of multiple organ failure at home in Los Angeles, the US on Oct. 14 at the age of 92. The ceremony is set to take place at Taipei Zhongshan Hall’s Zhongzheng Auditorium at 10pm tomorrow, and all fans are welcome to pay their final respects to the master.

After relocating from China to Taiwan, Wu started to do Chinese crosstalk, which is a traditional comic dialogue, with his partners Wei Long-hao and Chen Yi-an in the 1950s. He became widely-known after releasing the nation’s first crosstalk record with Wei in the 1960s. Wu won numerous awards during his extraordinary career and was formally named a “living national treasure” by the government.

The versatile artist even developed the famous Taiwanese dish “Mongolian barbecue” when he opened an eatery many years ago, and today this Taiwanese dish has become popular throughout the world.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)






1. crosstalk n.

相聲(xiang4 sheng1)

2. comic adj.

喜劇的(xi3 ju4 de5)

3. national treasure phr.

國寶(guo2 bao3)

4. versatile adj.


(duo1 cai2 duo1 yi4)

5. Mongolian barbecue phr.


(meng2 gu2 kao3 rou4)

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