With intensive rehearsals underway, the annual Spring Festival Gala of the China Central Television (CCTV) will take place within days. It is the most watched TV program in the world, and dubbed the Chinese “Super Bowl.”
While visiting the gala’s backstage during one of the rehearsals, CGTN came across some of the top stars in a staple segment of the gala: the sketch comedy, or xiaopin in Chinese.
During the gala, audiences generally look forward to sketches and cross-talks the most. After all, who wouldn’t want a big laugh at one of the happiest moments of the year?
According to Yang Dongsheng, the director of the Spring Festival Gala, the actors performing for the sketch comedies this year are not only limited to comedians, but attempts to include for the first time movie and TV drama actors. Yang also stressed that “innovation” is the buzzword to look out for at the Gala for the Year of the Dog.