Youp van 't Hek

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Youp van 't Hek

Youp van 't Hek in 1988
PseudonymYoup van 't Hek
Birth nameJoseph Jacobus Maria van 't Hek
Born(1954-02-28) 28 February 1954 (age 58)
Naarden, Netherlands
MediumComedian and Columnist
NationalityDutch
Years active1973-present
GenresCabaret, Stand-up comedy, Observational comedy, Musical comedy, Cringe comedy, Satire, Political satire, Sarcasm, Blue comedy
Subject(s)Marriage, Relationships, Family, Childhood, Everyday life, Human behavior, Current events, Self-deprecation, Social criticism, Religion, Death, Oranjegekte, Dutch culture
InfluencesToon Hermans
Wim Kan
Wim Sonneveld
InfluencedGuido Weijers
SpouseDebby Petter (b. 1956 m. 1985)
Notable works and rolesBuckler
WebsiteOfficial site
 
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Youp van 't Hek

Youp van 't Hek in 1988
PseudonymYoup van 't Hek
Birth nameJoseph Jacobus Maria van 't Hek
Born(1954-02-28) 28 February 1954 (age 58)
Naarden, Netherlands
MediumComedian and Columnist
NationalityDutch
Years active1973-present
GenresCabaret, Stand-up comedy, Observational comedy, Musical comedy, Cringe comedy, Satire, Political satire, Sarcasm, Blue comedy
Subject(s)Marriage, Relationships, Family, Childhood, Everyday life, Human behavior, Current events, Self-deprecation, Social criticism, Religion, Death, Oranjegekte, Dutch culture
InfluencesToon Hermans
Wim Kan
Wim Sonneveld
InfluencedGuido Weijers
SpouseDebby Petter (b. 1956 m. 1985)
Notable works and rolesBuckler
WebsiteOfficial site

Joseph Jacobus Maria "Youp" van 't Hek (born 28 February 1954) is a Dutch comedian and a columnist for NRC Handelsblad.

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Biography

Youp was born and raised in the Gooi, an upper-class region to the southeast of Amsterdam. His youth there served as an inspiration for his ironic attitude toward the rich, the successful and all those who are pretending to be either. After being kicked out of several high schools, he finally completed the one where he also led the school theater, and moved to Amsterdam. There he was one of the founding members of Cabaret NAR (Cabaret Jester). Throughout all the changes in Cabaret NAR, Youp was the only constant factor in it and because of him focusing more and more on their shows, he gradually became Cabaret NAR. In the beginning he (or Cabaret NAR) was not very successful, often not even successful enough to pay for their own shows. During all this he worked in some of those boring, mind-numbing, riskless, black-and-white, have-to-wear-a-suit, 9-to-5 kind of office jobs, which later inspired many of his jokes and imitations.

In the early 1980s Cabaret NAR success declined and Youp moved on as a solo artist. From then on he has had great popularity. Though his shows and statements may be considered controversial, he has developed himself, not only as a comedian, but also as an idealist. His humor is always mixed with a sense of irony towards modern life, culture, and national and international politics. Other themes often found in his shows and humor are death, hypocrisy, the innocence of children, the sincerity of the elderly, the gap between what society expects from you and what you, deep in your heart, want the most, and the question: "When would you call someone crazy and when would you call him/her normal or healthy?".

His big break came in 1983 on KRO's "De alles is anders-show". His energetic performance made him a household name overnight.

He is known as "the Buckler of Dutch comedians" because he ridiculed Buckler, a low-alcohol beer brewed by Heineken in his 1989 end-of-year show so effectively, sales plummeted and the brand was eventually withdrawn from the market.[1] Youp has often cited this as the best joke in his career and has subsequently referred to it in all his retrospective shows.[2]

Youp van 't Hek is the brother of field hockey international Tom van 't Hek.

Shows

With Cabaret NAR

Solo

Music

Youp van 't Hek has worked with a changing group of musicians to supply the music to the songs in his shows. The constant factor in his musical backup during almost his entire career has been Ton Scherpenzeel (keyboardist of Kayak), who has composed almost all of his songs. In most of his shows he also worked with multi-instrumentalist Rens van der Zalm. The music to Youp's songs is mostly played on piano, accordion, violin and acoustic guitar, which reflects Youp's preference for classical music. One example of this is his rendition of the song Flappie, ostensibly about a Christmas he experienced in 1961.

Columns and Books

Youp has written columns on sports and later on general topics for NRC Handelsblad since 1988. Several collections of these columns have been published by Thomas Rap publishing. This company was founded by a friend of Youp, and has printed the texts of Van 't Hek's shows from the very first, unsuccessful days, when publishing them seemed a waste of money. Because of this, Youp never switched publishers. A list of the titles of his books that do not contain the texts of his shows:

Sports columns:

General columns:

Other books:

References

External links