[ 2006-12-20 16:31 ]
Famed Chinese cross talk master Ma Ji passed
away for heart failure in Beijing on Wednesday morning. He was 72. Click
Chinese cross talk master Ma Ji passed away for heart failure in
Beijing on Wednesday morning. He was 72.
Ma Ji, originally called Ma
Shuhuai, was born in 1934 in Beijing. For a time he was an apprentice in a
factory. In 1951, he began to take an interest in Xiangsheng. In 1956, he was
enrolled by the Central Broadcasting Recitation and Ballad Troupe as a
professional Xiangsheng actor.
He not only inherited and developed Xiangsheng of the Hou School (school of
the master performer Hou Baolin) but also created his own art style, which was
followed by many successors. He has contributed a lot to China's Xiangsheng art.
Ma Ji exceled at performing new items reflecting real life. Apart from
satire, he pioneered new items praising the new life and new heroes and
In addition to performing traditional items he started writing and performing
cross-talk comic dialogues such as Ode to Friendship, Storm on the State and
Multistory Restaurant, and solo comic dialogues like The Universal-Brand
Cigarette. In Five Officers Contend for Fame, he was joined by several
Ma Ji also set great store by theoretical research into Xiangsheng so as to
make his creations more socially relevant. His books include Selected Xiangsheng
by Ma Ji and An Informal Discussion on the Art of Xiangsheng.
Ma Dong, Ma Ji's only son works as talk show program host for CCTV.