These skits reproduce a narrative that is representative of China's general approach to Africa.
Both official and popular Chinese narratives about Africa consistently try to construct an image of the continent as China's 'damsel in distress'.
"It's a good insight into Chinese culture and just some of the crazy things that go on and the requirements [Chinese people have] for relationships," Mr Mc Mahon said.
The honest dialogue has made the show popular on Twitter, where screen captures of the English-subtitled show are shared as memes.
You could compile a long list of 'blackfaces' in East Asian media over the last decade.
But the latest version this Euro-American racist archetype in Chinese media is by far the most controversial - a skit on China's English language TV station CCTV's Spring Festival Gala featuring 'blackface' actors.
Mr Mc Mahon was one of 10 men and 16 women who travelled to China for the Australian specials."I thought I'd put myself out there and find out if I was the one," Mr Mc Mahon told 774 ABC Melbourne's Rafael Epstein.Africa is depicted as a young and beautiful woman who needs to be saved by a male hero. The narrative is also always gendered - China is portrayed as the (modern) male hero and Africa the princess in jeopardy.Multiple versions of this have been repeated over the decades.While the skits are normally comedic, they generally intend to inform and educate the audience about a particular topic, from military affairs and everyday life.More controversially, they also sometimes focus on other cultures.The women each stand behind a podium equipped with a button and a light before the first of the male "candidates" descends onstage by means of a circular elevator.