Mo Gilligan has learned he has a new fan base in China – even though his stand-up show isn’t shown there.
The British comedian’s show, Momentum, went viral after it was shown in 190 countries on Netflix – but despite the streaming service being banned in China, it has somehow found a way to reach legions of Chinese fans.
The 33-year-old comic from south London explained that his jokes were all somehow smuggled into the strict, Communist country and translated into local dialect.
And he says the fact that he has become a sensation over on the other side of the globe is among his proudest achievements.
Opening up to The Sun, Mo said: “Having my show on Channel 4 and also on Netflix are my two proudest things.
“It also went viral in China. They don’t have Netflix so someone got the clips, changed the text to Chinese and it went viral on Chinese social media.”
BAFTA-award winning Mo is also making waves in the field of TV presenting and is a favourite on ITV ’s The Masked Singer UK.
He joined the panel for its second run in December 2020, replacing US star Ken Jeong, and has since been a huge hit with viewers.
Taking a seat next to judges Rita Ora, Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross, Mo has to guess which celebrity – disguised in a silly costume – is singing.
Series three of The Masked Singer UK kicks off on ITV on Saturday January 1 from 7pm.
Mo revealed The Masked Singer show is so secretive that he and the other judges are banned from speaking to anyone behind the scenes.
He said: “When you watch it on the show, the T shirts ‘Don’t talk to me’ – that’s real.
“The set is huge. I got in the car, the driver was instructed he can’t talk to me. ‘I cannot talk to you, I’m not allowed’.
“There’s gate. There’s another gate with huge security guards. This happens every single day.”
Mo – who has also appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox – has just been announced as the new host of the 2022 Brit Awards, which will take place on February 8.
He will replace comedian Jack Whitehall, who recently stepped down from the role after hosting for four years in a row.
“It’s an absolute privilege to host the 2022 BRIT Awards,” Mo said in a statement. “I’m truly honoured to be asked.
“We’re already in the extensive planning stages and all I can say is, I promise we’re going to give it all – we’ve got to create an incredible night for music fans everywhere. Let’s go!”
Fellow presenters Maya Jama and Clara Amfo will host ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ nominations show and speak to celebs on the BRITs Red Carpet show on the night.