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He's already been chucked in the genius parade with Stewart Lee and Daniel Kitson.
But you spend more time at their live shows questioning their mirth rather than actually laughing along?
...but this doesn't apply to Stewart Lee. Or Daniel Kitson.
but he didn't seem ridiculously clever, just a silly, energetic, talented man.
I think it's nearly good?
grouchland, I thought Hans had the last laugh
Watch from 1:58
I first heard about this guy on Robert Popper's blog.
they're kind of similar though right?
Teeuwen's ''stream of conciousness'' is actually a finely tuned ''sado-Dadaist cabaret dislocated from sense, context or anything resembling a punchline.''
It's ''a potent combination of delinquent devilry, recklessness and a commitment that is so intense, so physical, it could stun anyone at 20 paces.''
Teeuwen's been at it for years. He knows what he's doing...........whereas Songer is just a lonely man with a penchant for thrusting his crotch while squatting.
But Teeuwen does that same routine everytime. It's a constructed skit, taking into account what physical movements and nonsensical rhymes will arouse the most laughter amonst his paying audience.
Songer has no idea what he's saying or where it's going.
Teeuwen does like to perform with ''runaway train'' unpredictability.......I suppose Songer is doing the same thing in his own special (needs) way.
what is Teeuwen's sado-Dadaist cabaret finely tuned to achieve?
a lonely guy thrusting his crotch whilst squatting is funnier
You have a point...but this loose exchange could easily coagulate into a discussion about the nature of comedy and the philosphy of laughter.
I think it should be filed alongside any other medium that can be classified as both low and high brow art...with the same levels of visceral and intellectual engagement.
but he's just a brilliant physical comedian. There's no agenda.
but saw him in Edinburgh and he was so wonderful. new favourite stand-up I think. mainly just silly and very funny. but you can tell there's a powerful intellect running beneath the surface. and such a showman.
this is interesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knRLJp-nqSg especially considering he's dutch.
''Although his work is typically devoid of politics, in real life Teeuwen has repeatedly and openly acted as a fervent supporter of freedom of speech, especially after the murder of his friend Theo van Gogh. His eulogy and speech at the unveiling of a statue in memory of van Gogh were an example of his views. A video clip of Teeuwen eloquently advocating freedom of speech while being interviewed by three female Muslim TV presenters has been chosen as "Dutch TV Moment of 2007"'