Crosstalk, also known by its Chinese name xiangsheng (Simplified Chinese: 相声, Traditional Chinese: 相聲, pinyin: xiàngsheng, literally, "looking at each other and speaking"), is a traditional Chinese comedy form. Crosstalk is a special kind of dialogue and a special kind of performance.
Modern crosstalk is made up of four skills–speaking (Simplified Chinese: 说, Traditional Chinese: 說, pinyin: shuō), imitating (Simplified Chinese: 学, Traditional Chinese: 學, pinyin: xué), teasing (Simplified and Traditional Chinese: 逗, pinyin: dòu), and singing (Simplified and Traditional chinese: 唱, pinyin: chàng).
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