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CULTURE | 15.01.2016

Food for Thought: The Munich Lach- und Schiessgesellschaft

“The best place for a politician is the election poster. There he is portable, quiet and easy to remove.” So the late grand master of German comedy Loriot once said, forgetting an important and extremely entertaining place where the events from Berlin to Washington can best be consumed: a comedy or cabaret club. With the Munich Lach- und Schießgesellschaft the hometown of Allude has had one of the best platforms for this art form since 1956 – nationally renowned for and through its founding member, the unforgotten Dieter Hildebrandt. After five years of “only” serving as a temporary home for other cabaret artists and comedians, the Lach- und Schießgesellschaft finally, since October 2015, has its own ensemble again.

“I loved the new team, was really carried away by it”, Allude Creative Director Andrea Karg describes her visit to the show “Wer sind wieder wir” (Who are we again). And adds: “Some phrases stay with you all the way home. These are wonderful artists, with boundless energy and charisma. I had the feeling that I was watching comedy’s future top stars going about their inspiring work.”

For the new ensemble of the Munich Lach- und Schießgesellschaft, background music plays a more important role than it has in the past. Two of the members, Sebastian Rüger and Frank Smilgies (aka Ulan & Bator), are savvy percussionists, and Caroline Ebner and Norbert Bürger, too, combine their talent for rhythm with theatrical force. Clever plays on language, absurd jokes, thoughtful comments on the zeitgeist and punky sounds — this is how the likeable quartet starts off the new year, which certainly won’t lack one thing: a wide range of subjects to choose from.

The final word of this culture tip goes to Loriot again: “I love to laugh – if it is convenient.” And in the Munich Lach- und Schießgesellschaft it definitely is!

Photo: fkn/Münchner Lach- und Schießgesellschaft