Gerhard Bolt is 80: the god of grumbling culture

At the age of fifty everyone has the face he deserves. True calendar quote. Not to mention the 80. Gerhard Bolt fashioned the front sight of his square skull nearly 50 years ago on stage. An angry facial expression that spontaneously slips into the grooves that the cabaret artist has always given his stage personality.

With the prominent know-it-all chin of the narrow-minded citizen and the horrified complainant frown. Combined with the traditional jackets, hunchback and slow Bolt movements, the result is a Bavarian still life. “Bolt continent” Taz wrote about the man from Munich, who lives in Schliersee. This is true as long as the continent is in Bavaria.

“Nicholas. No, this is the Easter Bunny. Nicholas. No, the Easter Bunny, the Easter Bunny sucked me! Nicholas. Take a look, you sly brat, this is the Easter Bunny!” Or also: “Someone always has to look at the car.” One has to always look. Heinz-Rüdiger, come here, don’t get into the water, put lotion on first! Put lotion on first, Heinz-Rüdiger, put lotion on, don’t get into the water. Heinz-Rüdiger, put lotion on first!”

Or also: “Say hi, Mai Ling. I only got it three weeks ago, from the catalog. It arrived a little yellow. But it’s clean. And it doesn’t get dirty. Isn’t it, My Ling? I am very satisfied.” Acoustic sounds of Bolt. Satirical monologues range from sweet to sarcastic to bitter angry.

Bolt challenged CSU in the 80s

From three Bolt classics: the sketch “Nikolausi”, in which a man tries to persuade a stubborn child not to make a mistake, the Germans abroad film a satirical movie “The Man Speaks German” and the sketch “My Ling”, in which Bolt plays an everyday racist of the neighbors screaming about his wife The Asian woman sitting silently next to him.

A narrow-minded German who sounds and lives his limited vision of the world as easily as possible. This is the kind that with the help of the human observer and artist works through the social and political conditions. With or without a teacher’s birthday.

Bolt describes himself as a storyteller rather than a cabaret artist. A volume of new stories from the literary cabaret artist entitled “Dr. Arnulf Schmitz-Zceisczyk” (no, but) About a careless individual from Tegernsee just posted. And the 40th Anniversary Tour by Gerhard Bolt and the Will brothers from Permos, who replaced the tried and tested Biermösl Blosn 11 years ago, will travel not only through Truchtlaching, Gauting and Schrobenhausen, but all the way to Vienna and up to Bonn.

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Was it conservative fun when the Bolt brothers challenged the CSU with songs and graphics in the ’80s. They also became regulars on Dieter Hildebrandt’s “Wiper Wiper”.

Bolt and the left-wing folk music faction stand in the special tradition of Bavarian comedians. And as a resident of Munich, the great comedian Karl Valentine made an impression on little Gerhard.

Bolt, who was born on May 7, 1942, still feels his childhood in the ruins of the war. He told dpa he feels the Ukraine war is “a disappointment that affects me personally” and signed the open letter from Alice Schwarzer and other cultural workers against the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine.

Was present in Schwarzer’s open letter to Schulz

Even as a child in war, Bolt realized that humor is a way to deal with injuries and pain, as he explained in the documentary “Man is a Laughing Creature,” which ARD dedicated to his birthday (in the media library).

The table of the war-disabled sit-down in the tavern was horrified and inspired by the fierce laughter that prevailed there after a few liters of beer. With dialogues such as: “I lost my foot in the Caucasus” – “Then go back and look for it!” Boltt’s principle is humor as consolation, distraction, and healing, as self-defense against the cruelty of the world. For a few years now, the Scandinavian political scientist and researcher has participated in the “House of Humor” in Munich.

The god of theater does not want to know that he himself has stood out in his many years on the stage, in books and films. It’s certainly not prominent, as it vehemently denies in the documentation, but it’s at most unknown. “Being famous is a role you have to accept. That’s not me and that’s it.” At least that’s what Gerhard Bolt thinks.

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