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A comedian from the city of Düsseldorf in Germany, Dieter Nuhr is also a cabaret artist, an author and a television presenter. To British audiences, Nuhr is probably best known for his programme Nuhr in Berlin, which is broadcast with English subtitles on Netflix. Nuhr is the first German stand-up comedian to have a show commissioned exclusively for the company. It is shown in both the UK and the United States. In addition to his stage work, the comedian has produced a number of audio CDs of his shows, as well as a number of DVDs and books.
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Born in Wesel in 1960, Nuhr moved to his home city at 4 years of age. The performer went on to study art and history at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Later, he would obtain a teaching degree. Around this time – in the late 1980s – Nuhr began getting involved in cabaret performing. In 1989, he developed a skit called Pralle Pracht, which translates as Bulging Opulence, as part of a double act. The following year, Nuhr's act changed its name to V.E.V. Kabarett and the pair went on to perform another short show called Schrille Stille, or Sharp Silence.
Over the course of the 1990s, Nuhr developed his comedy around a series of stand-up routines. He made multiple TV appearances at this time, including Die Harald Schmidt Show, Genial Daneben and Quatsch Comedy Club, to name but three. Nuhr honed his comedic skills at the theatre in Mönchengladbach, where the theatrical director allowed the burgeoning comic to perform, often in experimental ways. In 1998, the comedian's stage show, Nuhr Weiter So received a comedy award. Five years later, Nuhr would go on to receive the Deutscher Comedypreis, or German Comedy Prize, in the Best Live Performance category. This meant that he was the first, and to date, the only person to gain both of these prestigious and sought-after German awards.
With a growing reputation, Nuhr began attracting many more people to his tours. His show Ich Bin’s Nuhr was attended by approximately half a million showgoers, for example, before it came to an end. In 2008, Nuhr won an IQ Award, a prize that is offered by Mensa, the high-IQ association. The following year, he began making comedy shows for the ZDF television network. More recently, the comedian has made TV shows to coincide with the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and a new stage show called Nuhr mit Respekt, or Only With Respect, in English. In 2014, Nuhr received another prestigious prize, the Jacob-Grimm Award, for his career in comedy.
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