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Volker Pispers

Volker Pispers
Volker Pispers on September 7, 2006
Born (1958-01-18)January 18, 1958
Medium Kabarett, 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 (german)

Volker Pispers (born January 18, 1958 in Mönchengladbach-Rheydt) is a German Kabarett artist, who is well known for his political satire.[1] His comic style includes 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.


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 programme, 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 programmes. 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 programme ...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. Due to its huge success, Pispers continues to tour Germany with the programme, 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.



  • 1996: Volkerkunde
  • 2001: Gefühlte Wirklichkeiten
  • 2003: Volkerkunde (Anniversary Edition)


  • 1995: Frisch gestrichen
  • 1996: Ein Wort ergab das andere
  • 1999: Damit müssen Sie rechnen (2 CDs)
  • 2000: Update 2000Damit 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)
  • 2012: … live 2012 (2 CDs)


  • 2004: live in Berlin. … bis neulich (Live in Berlin)
  • 2007: … bis neulich 2007… live in Bonn
  • 2010: … bis neulich 2010…


  • 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

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Homepage of Volker Pispers (German)
  • Theater Kontor: Agency and tour dates (German)
  • Volker Pispers at con anima publishers
  • WRD2 Radio podcast that every Tuesday hosts a segment by Pispers

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