Ma Sanli

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Ma Sanli
Chinese name 馬三立 (traditional)
Chinese name 马三立 (simplified)
Pinyin Mǎ Sānlì (Mandarin)
Born October 1, 1914
Beijing, China
Died February 11, 2003(2003-02-11) (aged 89)
Tianjin, China
Occupation Xiangsheng actor
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ma.

Ma Sanli (Xiao'erjing: ﻣَﺎ صً لِsimplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Mǎ Sānlì; 1914 – February 11, 2003) was a Chinese comedian in the traditional Xiangsheng or "crosstalk" style.[1]


Ma was born in Beijing; he was of the Hui ethnic group, and the son and grandson of practitioners of Xiangsheng. He was apprenticed to Zhou Deshan in 1929. Ma was a Chinese Muslim, his faith being Islam.

He came to be noted for avoiding complication in a way that kept his performances accessible to a mass audience. He pursued his art in Tianjin.

He became a widower in 1984. In December 2001, Ma retired from the Xiangsheng trade.

On February 11, 2003, he died in Tianjin after a long battle with cancer.[2][3]


  • Nonsense
  • Drunken old man
  • Chasing
  • Car horn
  • Health check
  • The charm of the comic
  • Recipe
  • Eat dumplings
  • Sloppy
  • Eighty-one floor
  • Write Pair
  • Meeting the fans
  • Physiognomy
  • Emotional and health
  • Xijiangyue
  • Boast Residential
  • Remedies
  • Pairs
  • Three Character Classic
  • Pull foreign films
  • Buying Monkeys
  • Meeting Fiend
  • Yellow Crane Tower[3]


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