Mark Rowswell, a.k.a. 大山 (Dashan), performed at the Kung Fu Komedy Club in March 2014 as part of his “侃大山” tour.
He’s been called “the most famous foreigner in China”, where he has worked as a media personality and cultural ambassador for over 25 years.
Born and raised in Canada, Rowswell began studying Chinese in the mid 1980s, first at the University of Toronto and later at Beijing University. While in Beijing, he became interested in xiàngshēng, a traditional form of comedic dialogue. A chance opportunity to appear on television suddenly gave Rowswell national exposure under the stage name “Dashan”.
Repeated appearances on television programs with audiences in the hundreds of millions gradually turned “Dashan” into a household name across China, and his media career expanded from comedy to dramatic acting to hosting cultural, diplomatic, educational and commercial programs & live events.
Today Dashan is seen as a cultural ambassador between China and the West and as a prominent symbol of finding common ground between cultures.