To foster the development of art on campus, the Center for General Education, TCU, invited Dr. Fong Yi-Gang, the founder and the art director of the Comedians Workshop, to participate in the center’s artist-in-residence program, which is currently on its second term. On his last open performance, Dr. Fong invited Sung Shao-Ching and Huang Shih-Wei, who are also from the Comedians Workshop to demonstrate stand-up comedy by premiering their latest show, “The Orange Vendor”, in the auditorium of Da-Ai Building.
The inspiration for “The Orange Vendor” originated from “What the Orange Vendor Said”, a chapter within “The Best of Classical Prose”, and drawn from other classics such as “In Search of the Supernatural”, “Journey to the West” and “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”. It uses colloquialism to infuse daily life and current issues to weave into a performance that is both satirical and thought provoking.
During the month long residency, Dr. Fong conducted an 18-hour long course on “Stand-up comedy appreciation and application”, 8 sessions of in-class teaching, and one artist lecture on each campus respectively. He shared without holding back his broad artistic knowledge of the history and the contemporary, coupled with years of solid theatrical experience, allowing the university faculty and the students to acquaint with stand-up comedy up-close.
The Center will continue to proceed with its artist-in-residence program to broaden the intellectual horizon and foster the cultural literacy of our faculty and students.