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  • 2014-04-18T03:15:00+01:00 on RTÉ One
  • 25 mins
  • 2 hours, 30 mins
  • Comedy, Documentary, Reality

This brand new six part series follows the adventures of Irish-American writer and comedian Des Bishop as he moves to China for a year in order to learn mandarin and eventually attempt to perform a one-man stand up comedy show for a Chinese audience.

There are a couple of problems though - the locals are unaware of the subtleties of western style comedy and are laughing for all the wrong reasons. Is Des' attempt to explore comedy in a foreign country and a strange culture a task too far?

Part reality, part travel, part humour, Des' new Chinese project will follow his move to Beijing, his fumbling first steps in Mandarin, his adventures with the local kids. His Chinese host family will encompass the quirks of an intriguing nation that is changing at a blistering pace.

Over the six episodes Des will go to Chinese university, share everyday life with the family and explore the wider China beyond. He plans to set up his own comedy club in a Beijing city venue and with luck build a loyal following and a successful business. By journey's end he even hopes to make his name on Chinese television which attracts the largest audiences on the planet.

6 episodes

1x01 Episode 1

  • Series Premiere

    2014-04-18T03:15:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Des moves in with a Beijing family, enrols in college and begins his quest to conquer the language. Things take a turn for the better when he teams up with his buddy Leo whom he first met in Ireland over ten years ago.

1x02 Episode 2

  • 2014-04-25T03:15:00+01:00 — 25 mins

The Irishman decides to set up a comedy club in downtown Beijing, and his brother Aidan drops by for a visit and performs on the opening night. Life seems to be going well for the comedian, until he finds himself overpowered by grandmothers at a marriage market.

1x03 Episode 3

  • 2014-05-02T03:15:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Five months into his adventure, the Irish-American writer and comedian decides to travel to the north of the country. While there, he opts to take a summer job in a family run restaurant where the food helps to give the language a whole new meaning.

1x04 Episode 4

  • 2014-05-09T03:15:00+01:00 — 25 mins

The Irish-American writer and comedian and his friend Leo head off on a tour around China in search of the strange and unusual customs and cultures that make the country unique.

1x05 Episode 5

  • 2014-05-16T03:15:00+01:00 — 25 mins

The Irish-American writer's deadline to perform a full stand-up comedy routine in Chinese nears. He decides to join forces with a local amateur comedy troupe to create a Western-style scene in Beijing.

1x06 Episode 6

  • 2014-05-23T03:15:00+01:00 — 25 mins

The Irish-American writer must walk out into the spotlight and perform his stand-up comedy show in Chinese. He also ends up making a name for himself on a TV dating show as he impresses the ladies. Last in the series.

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