Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen
29.11.2018 | 20:00 | Helmut-List-Halle
Eckart von Hirschhausen (born August 25, 1967 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany) is a German physician and comedian.
In 1996 he started writing, mainly for Focus and Der Tagesspiegel. His first appearance on television is believed to have been as a guest contestant performing magic tricks in Jürgen von der Lippe`s show Geld oder Liebe (`Money or Love`). From 1998 to 2003, he hosted the weekly health advisory show Service: Gesundheit (`Service: Health`) on Hessischer Rundfunk Television. Since 2004 he has been a weekly contributor to Stern: Sprechstunde (`Stern: Consultation Hour`): his column is called Die Etwas Andere Medizinkolumne (`The Somewhat Different Medicine Column`).
Starting in the mid-1990s, Eckart von Hirschhausen has performed as a stand-up comedian, show host and magician in variety. He is also a cabaret artist performing his own, and other, cabaret programmes. He was a guest artist in Berlin, in London and at the Cologne Comedy Festival 1997. Hirschhausen was also a member of the panels of contributors to the Knoff-Hoff-Show on ZDF and 7 Tage, 7 Köpfe (`7 days, 7 heads`) on RTL. Since 21 January 2004, he has been answering viewers` questions in his column `Dr. von Hirschhausen wills wissen` (`Dr. von Hirschhausen wants to know`) in the scientific television show W wie Wissen (`K for Knowledge`) on ARD. In Hirschhausens Wissensbisse (`Hirschhausen`s knowledge-bites`) he also presents strange news and facts from the world of scientific research. Hirschhausen is a regular on the cabaret show Ottis Schlachthof (`Otti`s Slaughterhouse`) on Bayerisches Fernsehen and Quatsch Comedy Club on Pro Sieben. In 2007 he was a frequent guest on the ARD show `Schmidt and Pocher`. He is also a speaker specialising in communication and motivational training. At the end of 2008, he founded a charity foundation `Humor hilft heilen - für mehr gesundes Lachen im Krankenhaus` (`Humour helps the healing process - for more healthy laughing in hospitals`). Since September 2009 he has co-hosted the successor show of `Die Tietjen und Dibaba` on NDR with Bettina Tietjen.
Eckard von Hirschhausen has developed a cabaret routine similar to that of Ludger Stratmann, also a PhD physician and cabaret artist. They both focus on the doctor-patient relationship, while von Hirschhausen specifically points out the inability and unwillingness of professionals in his field to express themselves clearly. He also focuses on the typical routines and rituals which, when separated from the professional environment, appear comical and absurd.