Theater – Gerhard Bolt turned 80 – “Humour is deeply political” – Culture

Schliersee (dpa) – What is the humor – Gerhard Bolt must know that. For nearly half a century he has been laughing at his fans – who at the same time loves to get stuck in the throat and hiccup between dread and amusement. Gerhard Bolt notices the human abyss very sharply and reaches her heart with innocent malice.

But when asked what exactly humor was, he only said, “I don’t know. You have to ask someone else.” of course not. On Saturday (May 7), the cabaret artist, film director, author, and award-winning singer will be 80 years old.

Reached retirement age, smoking cessation is not a problem. Dieter Hildebrandt always said: ‘We are the sex offenders’ He just loves to go on. So Bolt is still on stage, in front of the microphone, in front of the camera.

Back in the round

He just implemented a strange idea from his son Martin for Servus TV: Gerhard Bolt, Gisela Schneeberger and others called the Japanese soap “Hanbun, Aoi” in a special interpretation – in Bavarian and other dialects, under the title “Die Vroni aus Kawasaki”.

From May, he will be touring with the Well brothers from the extended family of musicians who have caused quite a stir as Biermösl Blosn in Bavaria. Rehearsals will begin at Kammerspiele in December – details not yet available. He says it is a difficult subject. “It’s so sad, so gloomy, try to say it in a way that can be tolerated.” It is supposed to have its own irony, which always allows us to look deeply into the human psyche.

In between, it hits serious tones. Recently he was a German celebrity who, in an open letter, appealed to Chancellor Olaf Schultz (SPD) not to deliver more heavy weapons to Ukraine.

new books

New books have also been published, one with his interviews several decades ago, in another Bolt making fun of a Tegernsee. Polts’ newest followers can be found on their website. On a garden fence against a rustic backdrop, he introduces the chatter of the home’s small world – and in it reflects the big. Gerhard Bolt loves “small spaces,” as he once called them. The big picture emerges from this.

Bolt figures, that’s the common thing, are not inventions: there’s the Realtor, the father of the family, Saint Nicholas – and the Pope. Annie, Erwin. You meet them on the street, in the supermarket – and also when you look in the mirror in the bathroom. Often rough in his choice of words and full of Bavarian curses, Bolt skillfully turns people’s inner beings outward.

“Almost as in real life” – meaning: as in real life. Just a little pointy. The broadcast of the twelve-part ARD series of the same name with Schneeberger and Hanns Christian Müller made Polt famous in the 1980s.

Silver Grimm Award

Born in Munich, he was raised – baptized as a Protestant and later established as a Catholic – at times in Altötting wholly Catholic. After graduating from high school, he studied in Munich and later in Gothenburg and lived in Sweden for a few years. Returning to Munich, Bolt worked as a translator, teacher and interpreter.

In 1976 he appeared in Munich for the first time with a cabaret program. This was followed by appearances in Berlin and on Dieter Hildebrandt’s TV “Window Wiper”. For his scathing satire about the controversial construction of the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, which upset Franz Josef Strauss the “super father” of CSU, he was awarded the Silver Grimm Prize.

Sometimes a long silence instead of an acceptance speech like the presentation of a German cabaret award in 1980, and sometimes a disgusting tale of lung mucus floating in a beer mug at the official Oktoberfest cup presentation: The Unpredictable Bolt. It is subtly “puffed up” by breaching norms.

in Schliersee and Italy

Married since 1971, Bolt lives in Schliersee in Upper Bavaria – and partly in Italy. He has an older son who is now his grandfather.

Back to the matter of humor. Of course he deals with it. For four years they have been trying to create a “humor forum” to promote the topic. The ability to laugh is one of the weakest qualities in humans. Humor can be a ‘sticker in society’ – ‘if it exists’. Humor is a deeply political thing. It can also help, comfort, and distract in difficult situations. “When the humor stops, it won’t be far from savage or savage.”

Bolt will spend his birthday on stage. We were called by the Munich team Kammerspiele. He was ‘going up on stage’ and ‘doing something.'”

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