Happy Anniversary! Will the 5th year of Humorzone be an especially good festival?
It’s not necessary to lay on the superlatives: “Even faster, even higher, even funnier” – that’s not really possible. “Good fun” will be quite enough. We will try our best, as we always do.
Do you actually call yourself a humourist? Or rather a cabaret artist, or a comedian?
None of the above. I am the bearer of a message, a freelance poet of consternation, a violator of evil, a mediator between art and social decay, a figure of light from darkest Germany, the all-German Olaf, Schubert Central, saviour of the planet… and probably quite a few other titles that I can’t think of at the moment.
Why does the world have to be saved again?
According to the most recent count, we only have one of them left, and it would be quite unfortunate if this particular world were no longer serviceable.
Why is humour an appropriate tool for this?
Because the other ones aren’t working properly.
What are the unique features of Saxon humour?
No idea. Maybe there is nothing unique about it after all. I travel all over the country, to the north, south, east and west. But as for these stereotypes – the northerners are all so stiff-necked, and so on – I was unable to find any evidence for that. Maybe there are indeed patterns, but I simply haven’t managed to discover and decipher them yet.
Is it possible to combat right-wing violence with humour?
Humour and combat – whether it’s taking on right-wing extremism, unpunctuality or unemployment – are mutually exclusive, I would think. Humour can stimulate the mind, set things in motion, entertain, disturb or just make you laugh. If it’s combatting you want, then you need to use weed killer brand X or to call in the army.