VOX's Hape Kerkeling: 'I'm an old man and I'm past my retirement'

Updated Dec 6, 2021 at 11:26pm

  • With a three-hour evening on VOX, Hape Kerkeling is celebrating its return to the stage of the big show.
  • A lot of time is devoted to the subject of his heart, cats.
  • But the audience and Dunja Hayali have extracted some secrets about his legendary parody from the 56-year-old.

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“I missed her too,” Happy Kirkling smiled at his first major live performance in ten years. Audiences at Hamburg’s lavish Hansa Theater greet the long-stayed comedian with much applause. VOX is right there with the cameras when the 56-year-old invites you to a three-hour “Evening with Hape.” Program: reading, questions from the audience (“There are no taboos!”), interview with program presenter Denga Haiali – and vocals by the man who shrugs off a little.

But it starts with a lot of content about cats: the artist recently introduced himself as a whispering cat, with “Paws off the table! My cats, my other cats and me,” a written declaration of love for all the domestic cats that have accompanied him in his life so far or optionally ignored.

Kirkling considers himself a “good cat dad.”

“Since he picked up whiskey, a giant poodle we had to take care of, I no longer have him with dogs,” Kirkling says, explaining the origin of his love of cats. At Aunt Elfriede with an ill-fitting blonde wig, he meets his first animal friend Petrell—a notorious cat cat who “has more personality than a sledge dog group,” enthuses Kirkling.

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He reads while walking, dashing through hallways and revealing how he once saved his animal roommates Samson and Spock from a messy Wanne-Eickel bed and what illegal tricks he uses when flying with his cats, keyword: excess baggage due to an overweight cat. Kirkling: “I may be a bad person, but I’m a good cat dad.”

What was it like at the time when Queen Beatrix was?

Then it was time for the audience to ask, “Was I scared when I played Queen Beatrix?” A woman wants to know. “No, but it could have been better,” Kirkling says. He desperately expected his parody to unfold, and was at a loss when he was admitted into the entrance to Bellevue Palace, where he then asked for a “delicious lunch.”

There was plenty of cat content from Hape Kerkeling during his evening on VOX.

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The comedian admits that he worked on the cult character Horst Schlammer for two years. Al-Kidwa: Real Local Reporters from the Governorate. Someone held a Cartier watch in front of their nose and said, “You can’t stand that!” Of course, some cat friends also say, “Do cats have a sense of humor?” Believe! Another cat mom says she has an eared Scotch cat at home. Kerkeling didn’t get over it: “Now you’re kidding! I can’t focus on anything anymore!”

Hype Kirkling “Disappointed”

Reporter Denga Al Hayali, a friend of Kerkeling’s, wanted to know why he’s coming back after he retired in 2014: “In the past, people would say: I was young and I needed money. What now?” Kirkling laughs: “Now I’m an old man and I’m past my retirement!”

And he solemnly states that for a while he “pissed himself off” because he made so much and was present almost everywhere. The break, including a stroll down St James’s Road, stopped him, “Traveling is a real relaxation for me, not an escape,” Kirkling says. In the future, he wants to make sure his looks are “imbued with good doses.”

Less hero worship will be more

Hayali wants to know if he regrets something. Kirkling then shook his head: “I look at my work with great sympathy,” explains the 56-year-old, who still loves to sing Gaga’s song “All Life is a Test.” Instead, at the Hansa Theatre, Kirkeling performs “Believe in you,” a song in which he thanks his grandmothers. At the end he says appropriately, even if he sings something crooked: “When the curtain slowly falls.”

Conclusion: “An Evening with Hape” was a real treat for lovers of Kerkeling and cats. Less hero worship would have benefited the event. Sometimes you thought you were a spectator at a Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony. Fortunately, Kerkeling doesn’t take himself so seriously as his ardent fans: “Above all, as a comedian you shouldn’t thank yourself,” is his advice to the next generation. (the classroom)
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