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In de media: Hans Teeuwen - 19 aug 2009
Waardering: 4 uit 5 sterren. "I can't help but feel we're becoming overly accustomed to the absurdist Dutchman. (..) An expectant audience seem to have mentally pre-tuned to his wavelength, putting the pressure on him to unsettle them once more. (..) Within the normal parameters of comedy, there are interminable periods of awkwardness and boredom in Teeuwen's set. But this only ensures that the release of laughter for the perversity of his hand puppets, the floor-rolling, physical contortions of his latest daft Dr Hemmington ditty and the neutering of religious tension through deliberate juvenility (Jeeew!) is that much the greater."
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'Hans Teeuwen' door Jay Richardson, in: The Scotsman, 18 aug 2009

In de media: Hans Teeuwen - 16 aug 2009
Waardering: 4 uit 5 sterren. "Two men in front exchange puzzled glances. They take big gulps of beer and try one last time. But it's no use: Teeuwen is embarking on a homoerotic puppet show with his own hands, one hand forcefully taking the other from behind. Confused and disorientated, the men follow twenty or so others who have had enough, filing out of the Udderbelly and back to a world that makes sense. (..) probably the greatest triumph of the Dutchman's comedy is the feeling of awkwardness he is able to effortlessly build and then release. (..) In the past some have criticised Teeuwen for being misogynistic, and if there's one criticism of tonight's performance, it's that he tries too obviously to address this. One sketch which positions him as a sexual loser feels forced and out-of-place, and a couple of new songs fail to maintain the comic momentum. (..) Tonight, in his gloriously timed finale, he deliberately pounces on our prudish sensibilities with a song so brilliantly explicit it would be ruining it to explain. Suffice to say, it's the perfect end to a near-perfect routine, rounding off a show that should be another large stepping stone in Teeuwen's attempt to conquer the UK."
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'Hans Teeuwen' door Sam Friedman, in: Fest, 15 aug 2009

In de media: Hans Teeuwen - 15 aug 2009
"In person, Teeuwen is actually remarkably calm compared to his frenzied on-stage persona. However, he is unable to prevent streaks of mischief from leaping out during our interview. Tonight he appropriates the plastic stirrer from his Earl Grey as his weapon of choice (..) the one thing you can guarantee is that there won't be any political lecturing. 'I don't want to give people a message,' he says. 'That's boring and unintelligent. Absurdism is far more provocative than any social comment. It's better to throw something into people's faces and say Okay, now what do you think?' (..) Theo's murder wasn't the reason I stopped performing. My life as a stand-up was becoming repetitive and I wanted a new challenge. So I started performing in English.' (..) Many also find his absurdist approach inane and pointless. 'Mainly I think people get most upset when they don't get certain humour but they see others around them that do. Then they're forced to doubt their own sense of humour and they'd rather see me dead than do that.' (..) talking to Teeuwen, as opposed to the sometimes bewildering experience of watching him, it is also abundantly clear that he genuinely cares about the impact of his comedy. Contrary to what he might tell you, he is not just some aloof egomaniac who attributes the ignominy of experiences like Latitude to the ignorance of the audience."
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'Hans Teeuwen: Dutch Courage' door Sam Friedman, in: Fest, 12 aug 2009

"'I've been interested in anything that makes people laugh for as long as I can remember. You get bored with the old patterns so you start to look for new ways of getting the laughter, new ways of being funny, more surreal, more abstract. I'm intrigued by David Lynch, or the humour in the Coen brothers' movies, stuff like that.' He grew up watching Laurel and Hardy and Buster Keaton, graduated to WC Fields, then took advanced studies at the university of Monty Python. He loves Alan Partridge and The Office. (..) Ask him about whether he's trying to make a point, shocking people to make them think about their attitudes, and he looks mystified, saying only that he wants to make people laugh. 'I just enjoy the atmosphere it creates. But saying things that people might consider very controversial, and saying them in such a way as to suggest you're completely unaware of the heaviness surrounding it - there is something funny about that.'"
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'Interview: Hans Teeuwen' door Susan Mansfield, in: The Scotsman, 13 aug 2009

In de media: Hans Teeuwen - 8 aug 2009
"'I faced the same problem at Kilkenny as I did in Edinburgh,' he says. 'You tend to get a good few heckles because people have no idea what this strange Dutchman on stage is trying to do. I really have to work hard to try to convince the audience that I can actually do this. The big problem I have is my sort of humour; I really have to suck them into that absurdist world. So much of humour is about recognition - it's how comedy works - that if you don't recognise anything in my set you can feel very left out. I do usually manage to suck some people in, but then you can get the situation where half the audience are laughing and the other half are looking at them wondering what they are laughing for. It can be quite divisive!' (..) 'I find that the more abstract stuff is more interesting from an artistic point of view. I used to do a lot of autobiographical stuff back in Amsterdam, but not so much anymore. Religion, though, still features - but I tackle that from quite a dark standpoint.' (..) 'My ego really suffered. I was used to playing big theatres with swanky dressing-rooms and the audiences were always full and they knew what to expect. Then I had to go to these tiny venues in the UK, where there were tiny crowds and nobody knew who I was. I got one good review in Edinburgh early on, though, and that really helped.' (..) The big change, according to Teeuwen, is that he's pulled back on the religious/political themes of old and goes now for a surrealist take on all manner of contemporary phenomena."
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'Flying Dutchman' door Brian Boyd, in: Irish Times, 17 juli 2009

"(..) how does someone preoccupied with absurdism (he speaks with considerable learning on the subject) become a household name, without having to resort to populist techniques such as - ha! - telling jokes? This struggle is at the heart of Hans's act: 'I'm not really drawn to taking risks, it is more an urge to be original, and that has a risk in it, but there is also a great desire to be loved and appreciated - and that's the great battle, between the two. (..) I want to connect to the audience, not alienate them. My instinct is to entertain. (..) but under my terms, and I do my utmost to make them come to me. It is easy to tell jokes where people go oh yes, I know that name, or use current events, but if you do that, you lose something, and it wouldn't fit into what I want to do later. I want to lure people into something they are unfamiliar with. It is more exhausting but it is more rewarding for everyone. The best thing is to make people laugh, but they don't know why.'"
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'All Hans on deck' door ?, in: London is funny, 3 aug 2009

In de media: Hans Teeuwen - 9 feb 2009
Recensie van Hans Teeuwens optreden tijdens het Leicester Comedy Festival.
"Having proved his virtuoso skills as a musician, he dragged the packed Phoenix through his bewildering world of buffalo-abuse, interpretive jazz dancing and blind firemen in wheelchairs. His frenetic, rambling style was too much for some, who loudly walked-out halfway through a waltz he had composed. But for the less ignorant who stayed, Hans was a bizarre treat; a rubber-faced, filthy-minded contortionist who threw himself about the stage in the same way he pinballed from one insane subject to another."
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'Review: Hans Teeuwen at the Leicester Comedy Festival' door Alex Scoppie, in: Leicester Mercury, 9 feb 2009

In de media: Hans Teeuwen, Micha Wertheim - 23 aug 2008
Een dubbel-recensie voor Hans Teeuwen en Micha Wertheim in The Scotsman. Beide kregen vier sterren.
"The influx of Dutch comedians is perhaps the most exciting trend in UK stand-up over the last two years. To see Hans Teeuwen is to feel yourself in the presence of a master, with the attendant pitfall that he won't compromise his art, even when it meets with long periods of audience bewilderment. He's never less than captivating, whether craving affection from a rapist sock, spinning a story about a disabled fireman that is a gem of manipulative oratory, or simply persuading the audience to repeat his name to a variety of pop songs. (..) Micha Wertheim is every bit as perversely committed, opening light with a Google-translated introduction from Dutch. Like Teeuwen, he won't sacrifice his show's integrity for easy laughs and pretty soon works his way into darker territory, establishing his less than charitable charity and his status as an abortion survivor, before explaining why he and his girlfriend want "mongoloid offspring". He has a skill for picking at the contradictions that bind society together, and if he can't quite convince of disabled people's racism, he is on surer ground with the democracy of gang rape."
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'Amsterdam Underground Comedy Presents... Hans Teeuwen | Micha Wertheim' door Jay Richardson, in The Scotsman, 21 aug 2008

In de media: Hans Teeuwen - 21 aug 2008
Weer een lovende recensie voor Hans Teeuwen tijdens het Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Vijf uit vijf sterren.
"During this tight, gripping hour, he up-ends expectations, plays linguistic tricks, shouts, sings, cries, laughs hysterically, crawls along the floor and reworks an 'overrated' Mozart tune. A sizzling opening gambit where he takes on the guise of an anti-genocide speaker with worryingly strange morals gives an idea of the places his material will take you; later he encounters God, on whom he reluctantly ends up performing sexual favours. Teeuwen is a sublime example of absurdist and surrealist comedy, his flawless delivery gutsy and energetic. If there are still tickets left by the time you read this, go and see him - you'd be mad not to spend some time with this breathtaking performer."
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'Hans Teeuwen delivers a Dutch masterclass' door Sharon Lougher, in Metro, 20 aug 2008

In de media: Hans Teeuwen - 8 aug 2008
De eerste recensie van Hans Teeuwen tijdens het Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2008, met vijf uit vijf sterren.
"His standup is likewise a form of music, albeit atonal, arrhythmic music, whose conductor is forever subverting the tempo. Or shoving his baton up your arse. The effect is duly unsettling, as Teeuwen gallivants several steps ahead of, or behind, our expectations. Crowd-pleasing isn't in his lexicon. The last thing you expect to come next, probably will - even if that means something not remotely funny at all. (..) Sex, and sexual aggression, course under and into his act as if from a leaky sewer. But there is no emotional intimacy. The show is not about the real Hans Teeuwen, whoever that might be; and if there is any personal revelation, it is that of a comedian possessed by the devil. Sometimes, Teeuwen seems to be failing - but there is always the suspicion that that is intentional. After all, he is happy to turn away from our laughter to play a wholly uncomical waltz on the piano, or recite a tender love poem to a woman in the front row. That is not funny per se, but it stokes the atmosphere of dizzy uncertainty, which it is very funny to be part of. More puerile than Mozart, then - but like old Wolfgang, and like another horny beast, Teeuwen has all the best tunes."
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'Edinburgh festival: Amsterdam Underground Comedy Collective' door Brian Logan, in The Guardian, 8 aug 2008

In de media: Hans Teeuwen - 26 jan 2008
de voorstelling heeft in deze recensie op Thisislonden.co.uk een waardering van 3 uit 5 sterren van de auteur en 5 uit 5 sterren van het publiek.

"There is really funny comedy and there is really interesting comedy and Hans Teeuwen's debut London run in English definitely falls into the latter category. (..) In fact he does everything a great comedian should do except tell conventional jokes. Some of it, particularly his offbeat, singalong poetry, works terrifically well and at the piano he is the missing link between Les Dawson and Victor Borge. Other routines are simply bemusing. (..) Above all Teeuwen is most reminiscent of legendary anti-comedian Andy Kaufman, or, more precisely, Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman in the biopic Man on the Moon. He is certainly fearless, certainly boundary-pushing and certainly skilful. Yet ultimately this show does not hang together because he throws too many disparate ideas at the wall. What sticks is compelling, what fails should not have made it through customs."
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'Surreal Dutch Courage' door Bruce Dessau, in: Evening Standard, 25 januari 2008

In de media: Hans Teeuwen - 1 feb 2008
The Independent geeft Teeuwen drie van de vijf sterren.

"Hans Teeuwen's absurdist approach is much more literal than the cartoon surrealism of Eddie Izzard or the ludicrous ham-antics of a Chris Lynam. An unholy mix of Nick Cave, Chris Morris, Jim Carrey and Iggy Pop (and probably a few more besides), the Dutch comedian is hard to take your eyes off. (..) Teeuwen takes a sideways glance at life. There's a pervasive neurotic angst to the show, most evident in a routine where he's crippled by indecision, an affliction that shows off his knack for physical comedy and "noise-scaping", where grunts and groans do the talking. (..) The gratitude of the audience, which had a large Dutch contingent, was quite clear. For myself, I could recognise performance over punchline and craft over content. I smiled a lot but didn't go Dutch on laughs."
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'Hans Teeuwen, Soho Theatre, London' door Julian Hall, in: The Independent, 28 januari 2008

"What he won't do is crack jokes about Islamic fundamentalism. Why would you expect him to? Well, mainly because he was a friend of Theo van Gogh, the outré film-maker murdered in Amsterdam in 2004 by a young Muslim extremist. When the debate raged in Holland in the aftermath of that horrific event, Teeuwen joined in. He's no fool - yet that's how he chooses to present himself here, as the overgrown kid with a ton of party pieces. At his best, the lanky, dark-blond Teeuwen captures a valuable flavour of Dutch innocence and experimentation. (..) he hits just the right maverick note of provocation. (..) expressive beatnik charm (..) At other times, though, he simply pushes things past endurance and enjoyment. (..) a show that is equal parts hit and miss. As it stands, Teeuwen's London debut only half-satisfies."
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'Hans Teeuwen: maverick on the edge' door Dominic Cavendish, in: Telegraph, 29 januari 2008

In de media: Hans Teeuwen - 26 jan 2008
de voorstelling heeft in deze recensie op Thisislonden.co.uk een waardering van 3 uit 5 sterren van de auteur en 5 uit 5 sterren van het publiek.

"There is really funny comedy and there is really interesting comedy and Hans Teeuwen's debut London run in English definitely falls into the latter category. (..) In fact he does everything a great comedian should do except tell conventional jokes. Some of it, particularly his offbeat, singalong poetry, works terrifically well and at the piano he is the missing link between Les Dawson and Victor Borge. Other routines are simply bemusing. (..) Above all Teeuwen is most reminiscent of legendary anti-comedian Andy Kaufman, or, more precisely, Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman in the biopic Man on the Moon. He is certainly fearless, certainly boundary-pushing and certainly skilful. Yet ultimately this show does not hang together because he throws too many disparate ideas at the wall. What sticks is compelling, what fails should not have made it through customs."
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'Surreal Dutch Courage' door Bruce Dessau, in: Evening Standard, 25 januari 2008

In de media: Hans Teeuwen - 25 jan 2008
"What you might not be prepared for, however, are the huge swathes of boredom that wash over you during this sluggish 90-minute show. There's no doubt that Teeuwen is an awesome performer, possessing a wide array of talents and excelling at them all. (..) His stagecraft is so exemplary, that he can hold an audience in silence, just as easily as he can make them erupt in laughter. The problem is he does far too much of the former, and precious little of the latter. This is show of fragmented, theatrical set pieces, all with a daft edge, rather than free-flowing stand-up. (..) it becomes an intolerable stand-off, him seeing how far he can push our patience, as our attention wanes under his relentless attrition. (..) Occasionally, he awakens from that reverie with a sudden, violent blast of energy, like a Joe Pesci character unexpectedly bursting into terrifying life. (..) leeting moments of heavenly brilliance, most of which were in the club set he showcased in Edinburgh last summer, are ultimately lost under a mountain of uncomfortable, soul-sapping padding. And the less said about his graphic mime of a sex session, the better. (..) this debut full-length show doesn't offer nearly enough chuckles to think he'll be immediately challenging any of our own homegrown comedy kings."
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'Hans Teeuwen' door Steve Bennett, in: Chortle.co.uk, 25 januari 2008

In de media: Hans Teeuwen - 24 jan 2008
The Guardian waardeerde het optreden van Teeuwen met vijf uit vijf sterren. Ter vergelijking: de Amerikaanse stand-up comedian Chris Rock kreeg er vier en de uiterst populaire Britse comedian Jimmy Carr drie.

"Teeuwen is among the funniest performers I have seen, and his sado-Dadaist cabaret is a masterclass in laughter, dislocated from sense, context or anything resembling a punchline. Even we sceptics of so-called surreal comedy can see that this is nonsense taken to a whole new level. Little of Teeuwen's show bears transcription to the printed page (..) Teeuwen brings to the material a potent combination of delinquent devilry, recklessness and a commitment that is so intense, so physical, it could stun anyone at 20 paces. (..) There is a dark underbelly to his tomfoolery and I was not always comfortable with the material - but then Teeuwen works hard to thwart our expectations. (..) For the strangest show in the neighbourhood, who you gonna call? Hans Teeuwen."
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'Hans Teeuwen' door Brian Logan, in: The Guardian, 24 januari 2008

In de media: Hans Teeuwen - 24 jan 2008
"Well, you couldn't say the first-night crowd of his sold-out run quite ruptured themselves laughing. Parts of his contrary capering played to silence; others to joyful roars. Many of them from me. Because at his best, Teeuwen (pronounced Tay-when) is about as funny as funny gets. (..) Comic invention has often been compared to jazz improvisation - Teeuwen makes the comparison palpable, launching into his stupid analysis of his alien captors' decor with all the passion of John Coltrane both paying tribute to and trashing My Favorite Things. His debate about which he prefers, colour or black-and-white films - a pathetic issue rendered rainbow-coloured by the range and depth of his responses - is the funniest thing I'll see all year. (..) Nonsense it may be, but his attitude to women is squirm-inducing. Maybe that's the idea, but his simulated sex session feels adolescent, whether or not it's a comment on the tae kwondo-practising nutter who may or may not be delivering it. Teeuwen's excellent English isn't always subtle enough to sell his personas distinctly. Is he speaking deliberately Groucho-like, or is that just a Dutchman speaking snappy, Americanised English? Are these characters or Hans Teeuwen? (..) Teeuwen gets away with it, sexism aside, by being a pig-headed satirist and a phenomenal performer. I'm not sure he'll find mainstream success - he's too comfortable with discomfort. But the acting, the absurdism, the comic commitment? That translates just fine."
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'Hans Teeuwen' door Dominic Maxwell, in: The Times, 24 januari 2008

In de media: Hans Teeuwen - 21 jan 2008
De Nederlandse pers valt over elkaar heen nu Hans Teeuwen in Engeland gaat optreden. De eerste daadwerkelijke recensie van zijn optreden in Londen moeten we echter nog vinden, dus je kunt concluderen dat de voorpubliciteit het in ieder geval goed heeft gedaan. Teeuwen gaf enkele interviews aan Britse journalisten, waarvan hieronder enkele fragmenten.

"(..)in 2003, following the murder of his close friend Theo Van Gogh, the film-maker for whom Teeuwen devised the 2003 film Interview, the comedian decided to stop doing stand-up in his native country. 'They miss me very much in Holland,' he says. 'People are crying and urging me to perform stand-up every day.' Now he is restarting his career in a new language. Teeuwen, who had rave reviews at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of the Amsterdam Underground Collective, has been invited by Soho Theatre to perform a full show. (..) 'Everything is completely new,' he says. 'It all got a bit repetitious in Holland and I needed a change. It's exciting to continue stand-up outside of Holland as I can take the audience by surprise.' He says he is known for his onstage mood swings. 'I can be confrontational and very rude one minute and then very poetic. My main aim is to keep the audience on its toes.'"
'Missed by the Dutch, but a hit with Brits' door Charlotte Cripps, in: Independent, 9 januari 2008

"Sitting in an office at the Soho Theatre - 'very, very good for my English to do this' - Teeuwen, 40, has a glint in his eye backed up by a careful comedy brain. He's far from the slightly menacing madman you see on stage. 'Well, what I do is acting,' he says. 'And if you do surreal stuff, nonsense stuff, you have to act out everything to give it some significance. That's part of why I stopped - it's exhausting.' (..) I was brought up in a period of time in Holland where anything could be said. Ten years ago I remember comedians saying: There are no more taboos, what are we going to do? Well thank God - literally - we found one again.' (..) Teeuwen is a wild and crazy, ambitious and analytical guy. He's launching his own comedy website in March. Last year he toured with a jazz band, singing Sinatra songs. He's serious about his singing too. 'I want to have alternatives' he says. 'The way that I'm funny on stage, I think that there's a time limit to it. I don't know many people who are all that funny after 55. (..) A lot of English humour is about embarrassment,' he says. The Office is all about that, Extras too. Maybe it's your class system. But we don't have that in Holland. We don't look up to people. Don't think that you're more than anyone else, you know? Everyone has to be as equal and flat as the country itself.'"
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'The comic who won't mind his language' door Dominic Maxwell, in: The Times, 14 januari 2008

"'It's more exciting to do it somewhere where nobody knows you, and do it in a foreign language and for people in a different country,' he says. 'It's a lesson in humility. For character-building, very, very interesting.' Further testing his character, Teeuwen will appear before London audiences having performed almost no comedy for almost four years - and none at all in his homeland. (..) Teeuwen says that his break was planned, after more than a decade performing stand-up, but admits that the killing "didn't exactly make me enthusiastic to start again. (..) Normally when I did controversial stuff I did it very bluntly - to do it so rude it almost became absurd. Obviously it would be very hard to do that or very dangerous to do that, for instance, talking about the Prophet Muhammad. (..) Free speech is 'non-negotiable', he says. 'It's as fundamental as equal rights for men and women. These are the basic ideas of a free society - they are crucial.' He adds: 'There is this subject now that has emerged over the last nine or 10 years which is very, very controversial. You can literally lose your life over it. Before that, I couldn't think of any subject that has the same risk.' Despite his conviction, his stand-up shows almost completely avoid politics. (..) Teeuwen calls his act '80% nonsense and absurdity, and 20% something else - either semi-autobiographical or controversial or political (..) We'll see if I like it and see if the audience likes it, and if that in both cases is the case, then that might be my restart as a stand-up comedian.' But he adds: 'It could turn out into just another bloodbath without any fun at all - that is the risk I take.'"
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'Comedy king in exile' door Stephen Robb, in: BBC News, 18 januari 2008

In de media: Hans Teeuwen - 29 jan 2004
Het Eindhovens Dagblad heeft een portret van Hans Teeuwen naar aanleiding van een interview -dat van diens impresariaat niet gepubliceerd mag worden- en daarom leunt op citaten uit eerdere interviews.

"Woorden genoeg over de artiest Hans Teeuwen. Schemerig is echter welke persoon daar achter schuilgaat. Teeuwen mag dan via zijn shows willen spreken, die gaan zelden over hemzelf."
-Absurde hersenspinsels aan een touwtje
Door Mark van Bergen, in: Eindhovens Dagblad, 10 jan 2004
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