The sketch performed by comedy group Mahua FunAge centres on civil servant Director Hao, who leaves a pothole in a road unfilled for six months and spends much of his time trying to foist the task onto others.  Photo: CCTV
The sketch performed by comedy group Mahua FunAge centres on civil servant Director Hao, who leaves a pothole in a road unfilled for six months and spends much of his time trying to foist the task onto others. Photo: CCTV

Lunar New Year: why a skit about lying-flat cadres is China’s Spring Festival gala hit

  • Comedy group Mahua FunAge lampoons official inaction as part of the country’s annual prime time holiday show
  • Graftbusters and the public see the funny – and serious – side of the show

The sketch performed by comedy group Mahua FunAge centres on civil servant Director Hao, who leaves a pothole in a road unfilled for six months and spends much of his time trying to foist the task onto others.  Photo: CCTV
The sketch performed by comedy group Mahua FunAge centres on civil servant Director Hao, who leaves a pothole in a road unfilled for six months and spends much of his time trying to foist the task onto others. Photo: CCTV
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