By Nora Chang
TAIPEI, Taiwan－Taiwan is known for being a highly democratic Asian country and its freedom of speech despite the constant political pressure coming from China.
Even though Taiwanese are enthusiastically engaged in political and social issue discussions, there was never a quality political talk show like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, or Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Recently, Taiwan’s very first stand-up comedy show comes into being. It’s called The Night Night Show (博恩夜夜秀) held by Stand up, Brian! and is hosted by an National Taiwan University (NTU, 國立台灣大學) graduate Brian Tseng (曾博恩).
The show just had its premiere on Aug. 20 and made a huge splash all over the internet.
It is currently crowdfunding through multiple tunnels and is hoping to produce and launch the first official series on Oct. 1, which contains 13 episodes and the length is an hour long for each one.
Unlike “typical NTU graduates,” who normally follow the societal standard by entering a prestigious company with a remarkable title after graduation and start climbing the corporate ladders, the higher the better, Brian follows his own passions and instincts, does anime script writing for Taiwan bar (臺灣吧), a self-produced startup media company dedicated to create educational yet entertaining content for audience in Taiwan, during the day, and practices how to be a stand-up comedian at night.
At the opening of the premiere, The Night Night Showtalks about sensitive current issues in extremely sarcastic ways such as actress Vivian Sung (宋芸樺) claimed China is her motherland while she’s actually born and raised in Taiwan. The Winnie-the-Pooh image is missing in the movie poster released in China simply because China’s President Xi Jinping (習近平) was described to strike a resemblance with the harmless cartoon character.
The show also invited two high-profile figures as guests on the first episode, one is Taiwan New Power Party Leader Huang Kuo–chang (黃國昌), who’s known as “Mars” for his strong and sharp personality. The other guest is Edward Hsiung (熊仔), a Taiwanese rapper who also graduated from NTU, wishing to spark more engagement and discussion from all areas of the society.
Thinking Taiwan as the free speech pioneer in the Chinese world, the producer of the show DJ Hauer (謝政豪), who’s also the founder of Taiwan Bar, and Brian feel people are actually ready for this type of satire show because at the same time, it is a necessary outlet for Taiwanese to talk about their feelings and opinions on public affairs and issues.
The show will officially launch in October every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Clapper Studio in Syntrend Creative Park (三創生活園區) and be rebroadcasted the next day. For more details, please visit the official website for references. https://www.strnetwork.cc/