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Volker Pispers Volker Pispers on September 7, 2006 Born January 18, 1958(1958-01-18) Mönchengladbach-Rheydt Medium Cabaret, books, radio Nationality German Years active 1983 – present Genres Observational comedy, Wit/Word play, Political satire, Black comedy Subject(s) German culture, German language, German and American politics Website www.volker-pispers.de (german) Volker Pispers (born January 18, 1958 in Mönchengladbach-Rheydt) is a German Kabarett artist, who is well known for his drastic and sometimes sarcastic commentary on current events, especially about the political situation in Germany but also about the politics of the United States since 9/11 and during the Iraq War. Contents 1 Biography 2 Works 2.1 Books 2.2 CDs 2.3 DVDs 3 Awards 4 External links Biography After his Abitur, Pispers moved to Bonn and later Münster where he studied english studies, theology and pedagogy. From 1979 to 1980 he worked as a foreign language assistant in England, where he developed a liking for black comedy. After returning to Germany, he worked as a member of several children's theatre and cabaret arrangements. His first solo program, Kabarette sich, wer kann, first opened in 1983. In the same year he finished his education and started working as an English teacher. In 1990 he became a member of the ensemble of the Kom(m)ödchen in Düsseldorf and later on its artistic director. However, in 1991, he gave up this position to tour Germany with his solo programs. Over the 1990s he received a number of awards and became a well-known figure in German political cabaret. In 2002 he first went on tour with his program ...bis neulich ("...until recently"), which was originally conceived as a Best of of his twenty years in cabaret. It was extremely successful and made him a lot more popular, especially due to his harsh criticism of the Bush administration and the Iraq War, which were very unpopular in Germany at the time. Due to its huge success, Pispers continues to tour Germany with the program, which he frequently updates according to recent developments. He has also become a staunch critic of capitalism. He currently lives in Düsseldorf-Oberkassel in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Works Books 1996: Volkerkunde 2001: Gefühlte Wirklichkeiten 2003: Volkerkunde (Anniversary Edition) CDs 1995: Frisch gestrichen 1996: Ein Wort ergab das andere 1999: Damit müssen Sie rechnen (2 CDs) 2000: Update 2000 – Damit müssen Sie rechnen (2 CDs) 2002: … bis neulich (2 CDs) 2004: … bis neulich 2004 … aktualisierte Fassung (2 CDs) 2007: Kabarett Sampler: 3. Politischer Aschermittwoch (2 CDs) 2007: … bis neulich 2007… live in Bonn (2 CDs) 2009: Volker Pispers live 2009 (2 CDs) 2010: … bis neulich 2010 … aktualisierte Fassung (2 CDs) DVDs 2004: live in Berlin. … bis neulich (Live in Berlin) 2007: … bis neulich 2007… live in Bonn 2010: … bis neulich 2010… Awards 1988 – (Mönchen)-Gladbach satire award 1989 – Kulturpreis der Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Rheinland (Sponsorship award) 1996 – Mindener Stichling; Deutscher Kleinkunstpreis (cabaret category) 1998 – Memminger Maul; Kleinkunstmaske Garching; Gaul von Niedersachsen 2000 – AZ-Stern des Jahres of Abendzeitung aus München 2003 – Obernburger Ehrenmühlstein 2004 – Bocholter Pepperoni 2005 – Cabaret award „Knurrhahn“ sponsored by the city of Wilhelmshaven; Deutscher Kabarettpreis (Main award) 2006 – Bayerischer Kabarettpreis (Main award) 2007 – Morenhovener Lupe External links Volker Pispers at the Internet Movie Database Volker Pispers in the German National Library catalogue (German) Homepage of Volker Pispers (German) Theater Kontor: Agency and tour dates (German) Volker Pispers at con anima publishers Persondata Name Pispers, Volker Alternative names Short description Date of birth January 18, 1958 Place of birth Mönchengladbach-Rheydt Date of death Place of death