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American Jesse Appell (left) is a former Fulbright Scholar who studied comedy in China as a disciple of Chinese Xiangsheng master Ding Guangquan. (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)
American Jesse Appell (left) is a former Fulbright Scholar who studied comedy in China as a disciple of Chinese Xiangsheng master Ding Guangquan. (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

A few weeks ago we spoke to comedian Jesse Appell, a young American who studied and perform to comedy in China. His visit back to the United States has been prolonged indefinitely by the COVID-19 epidemic.

He channeled his energy into benefit performances in this country and our story about one of his events went viral in China. Now, we sit down with Appell and call a comedian friend of his, Storm Xu, who has been quarantined in China for the last three months — so long that he now fears going outside.

Storm Xu

Jesse Appell

This segment aired on March 17, 2020.

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