Next week is the death anniversary of Ma Sanli who was one of the most famous practitioners of the art of Xiangsheng which is a form of Chinese performacne art. This art form consists of two people who cross talk with one another and go back and is usually comic in nature. Ma Sanli was born in Beijing in 1914 and started studying this artform at the age of 15. Xiangsheng is similar to cross-talk performances in the villages of Punjab in what is now Pakistan and India. He died on February 11, 2003 The following is an except of one his performances (in Chinese).