Kangxi Lai Le
|Also known as||康熙來了|
|Genre||Talk Show/Variety Show|
|Format||Television talk show|
|Presented by||Dee Hsu
|Country of origin||Taiwan|
|Original language(s)||Mandarin and foreign languages (occasionally)|
|No. of episodes||2000+ (as of May, 2012)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Chungta Production (中大製作)|
|Original channel||CTi Variety|
|Original run||5 January 2004 – present|
|CTi Variety Website|
Kangxi Coming (Chinese: 康熙來了; pinyin: Kāngxī Lái Le; literally: "KangXi Arrives" or "Here Comes KangXi") is a Taiwanese variety-comedy talk show hosted by variety show veterans Dee Hsu (徐熙娣 a.k.a. Xiao S) and Kevin Tsai (蔡康永). It was produced by Chungta Production (中大製作) from 2004 to 2009, and currently produced by Gold Star Production (金星製作公司) along with the writing and production staff of GUESS. It was first broadcast on 5 January 2004 and currently airs Monday to Friday at 22:00-23:00 on cable TV CTi Variety. In most episodes, the hosts interview a panel of celebrities in various and controversial topics while employing their signature comedic bantering. It is broadcast in Hong Kong on ATV Home under the name of Variety Show of Mr Con and Ms Csi.
Although it is broadcast in Taiwan, the show is very successful and popular among Chinese speaking audiences across the world who watch uploaded re-runs over the internet or through bootleg DVDs. The show has been mentioned in other Taiwanese variety and talk shows, mainly from presenters who appeared on the show. Since its debut in 2004, it is the most successful talk show in Taiwan.
Unlike most Chinese-speaking talk shows, the format of KangXi is fast-paced, humorous and fully self-aware (see Have I Got News For You) despite the topics that are occasionally controversial. Most episodes feature a group of entertainers and politicians as guest stars engaging into discussions ranging from their career to gossip and current events.
During interviews, the hosts and the guests would often engage in comical bantering, responses and acts with each other. The hosts would often poke fun of their own personal lives, including Dee Hsu's marriage. Most of the comedy material from the hosts and the guests are written and rehearsed before taping.
Along with its variety show approach, KangXi frequently accompanies itself with cartoon sound effects, comical use of editing (instant replays and freeze frames) and wacky animated texts and visuals.
This program was originally called "Qi Guai Shi Dian Zhong" (奇怪十點鐘). And later changed to "Kāngxī Lái Le". The word “Kangxi” was derived from the names of both hosts. The word “康” (Kang) was taken from the Chinese name of Kevin Tsai and the word “熙” (Xi) was taken from the Chinese name of Dee Hsu, it is also a play on words with the Kangxi Emperor of the Qing Dynasty.
This program is mainly focus on interviews of guests, however, there are also some special units which have been held irregularly:
- "Remove Makeup"-Female artists are required to remove makeup and wear pajamas to show their most natural side to audiences
- "Gift Swap"- artists and sometimes the host as well, are required to bring gifts that match the themes, such as gifts for Christmas party or gifts from ex-love partners, and exchange
- "Apology Unit"- guests can confess to the wrong things they did recently, and sometimes their confession target would be invited to program and have confrontation
- Singing and dancing competitions which are judged by professionals and the hosts
List of guests
Since its premiere in 2004, the hosts have interviewed entertainers and politicians from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, and elsewhere. Most of the guests have previously hosted and appeared in other Taiwanese variety shows with Tsai and Hsu prior to KangXi.
Barbie Hsu, sister of Dee Hsu, made a rare appearance on the show, discussing part of her very private life outside her career.
Entertainers (not complete)
- Ma Ying-jeou - President of Republic of China (Taiwan) Incumbent
- Wu Po-hsiung - Chairman of Kuomintang Incumbent
- Jason Hu - Mayor of Taichung City Incumbent
- Annette Lu - Former Vice President of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
- Lien Chan - Former Vice President of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
- Su Tseng-chang - Former Premier of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
- John Chiang - Former Foreign Minister of Republic of China (Taiwan)
- Chiu Yi - Former Member of Legislative Yuan from Kaohsiung County
- Li Ao - Former Member of Legislative Yuan from Taipei County
Hong Kong and Macau
Andy Lau, Edison Chen, Carina Lau, Ng Man Tat, Eric Tsang, Nicholas Tse, Wong Jing, Cecilia Cheung, Stephen Chow, Twins (band), Joey Yung, Lydia Shum, Vivian Chow, Fiona Sit, Ronald Cheng, Josie Ho, Anita Yuen, Wakin Chau, Joyce Cheng, Anthony Wong, John Woo, Jacky Cheung, Jaycee Chan, Timmy Hung, Kelly Chen, Grasshopper (band)
Awards and nominations
- 43rd (2008)
- 42nd (2007)
- 41st (2006)
- 40th (2005)