Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Dutch Comedian Owned The Muslim Interrogators

Hans Teeuwen
Hans Teeuwen is best known as a Dutch comedian, actor, singer and director. His work is known for being absurdist, provocative and confrontational, incorporating clowning, virtuoso piano playing, mime, puppetry, songs and physical theater.

Teeuwen first came to prominence in 1991 when he won an award at the prestigious Dutch cabaret festival Cameretten for his double act cabaret show "Heist," together with Roland Smeenk. Since then he has performed his stand-up, cabaret and music gigs to great acclaim and has attracted a huge following.

His latest comedy tour, "Real Rancour," in the Netherlands and Belgium sold more than 60.000 tickets in 1 day when it went on sale on 22 February 2016. He has a highly successful simultaneous career as a popular singer, performing with his band, "The Painkillers," throughout Holland.

Although his work is not overtly political, Teeuwen has repeatedly and openly acted as a fervent supporter of free speech, especially after the murder of his friend and collaborator, the filmmaker Theo van Gogh. A video clip (see below) of Teeuwen advocating freedom of speech while being interrogated by three female Muslim TV presenters has been chosen as "Dutch TV Moment of 2007."

In 2007 Hans decided to try a new challenge: performing in English. He performed with the Amsterdam Comedy Collective at the Edinburgh Comedy Rooms in August 2007 and was described as 'the find of this year’s festival' by the Guardian.

In 2008 he played sold-out seasons at Soho Theatre, the Arts Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Battersea Arts Centre and Leicester Square Theatre. He returned to Britain in 2009 and 2010 to sell out seasons at LST and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

He has also performed at numerous UK and Irish festivals including Latitude, Leicester Comedy Festival, Glasgow Comedy Festival, Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny and Manchester Comedy Festival. He won a Chortle Award in 2008 and was nominated in 2010.

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