China bans comedian Uncle Roger for series of jokes | world news

A Malaysian comedian has had his Chinese social media account suspended after making fun of China on one of his shows.

Nigel Ng, who goes by Uncle Roger, is best known for poking fun at Western chefs’ attempts at Asian cuisine.

But the 32-year-old is now the latest comedian to feel the consequences of cracking jokes at the expense of China, amid increasingly intense censorship and growing nationalism.

It comes after a Chinese comedian was investigated by police last week for making a joke about stray dogs.

Last Thursday, Ng released a music video from an upcoming comedy special in which he pokes fun at Chinese surveillance and Beijing’s sovereignty claims over Taiwan.

It shows the comedian interacting with someone in the audience who said he was from Guangzhou, a metropolis in southern China.

“Good country, good country, we have to say it now, don’t we?” said Ng. “All phones are listening.”

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He then jokes with members of the public who said they were from Taiwan, a self-governing island claimed by China, saying Taiwan is not a real country.

“I hope one day you will join the motherland. One China,” he said.

Following his comments, Ng’s Weibo account said on Monday that he was banned from posting for “violation of applicable laws and regulations.”

His agency did not respond to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, Chinese comedian Li Haoshi faces jail time as police and government agencies investigate him for a prank he pulled during a performance earlier this month.

Beijing police announced last week they were looking for the star “for severely insulting” the People’s Liberation Army.

Li, who goes by the stage name HOUSE, joked about stray dogs by riffing on a well-known propaganda slogan used to describe the Chinese military.

He said he adopted two dogs who were very energetic when chasing squirrels, firing like artillery shells after a target.

The comedian said that while most dogs are cute, his dogs remind him of the Chinese phrase, “Capable of winning battles, with top-notch style.”

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According to the China Media Project, which studies Chinese media, the phrase was first used about 10 years ago by Chinese leader Xi Jinping to describe planned reforms for China’s military.

In a statement released last week, a government department known as the Beijing Cultural Market Comprehensive Law Enforcement Team said it had received information from the public about Li’s performance on May 13. .

In response, he said he has opened an investigation into the company the comedian is signed to.

Chinese police said they would fine the company, Xiao Guo Wenhua, around 13.3million yuan (£1.6million). The company did not respond to a request for comment.

An unnamed officer at Beijing police headquarters declined to say whether Li was in custody or arrested, saying the investigation was continuing and the results would be made public accordingly.


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