Trying to describe Helge Schneider in words is a fool's errand. This incredibly versatile, utterly anarchic musical comedian is at once an accomplished jazz musician, capable of delivering the most high-brow music, and a completely irreverent, coarse slapstick clown, known for his outrageous skits and language. He's hugely entertaining, but bear in mind that this is adult entertainment when you buy or sell Helge Schneider tickets on StubHub.
An absurdist clown above all
One thing's for certain when you attend your first Helge Schneider show: you'll spend the first fifteen minutes wondering what the hell is going on. Or, more precisely, who the hell is this creature. He's a madcap cross between Frank Gallagher in "Shameless" and a clownish version of Tom Waits, and that's just the beginning. He's an exceptionally talented musician, employing a dizzying array of instruments in his show, and his verbal repartee rapidly veers from cheery horseplay to absurd scenarios in the best Goon Show tradition – but with that extra edge of German weirdness we all know and love so much. One could perhaps say that his closest peer is someone like Funny van Dannen, but to be honest, he really is one of a kind, owing as much to the Dada tradition as to Charlie Chaplin. He plays all of this out in front of you in his live shows, so be prepared to be quite pleasantly overwhelmed when you hand your Helge Schneider tickets in at the door.
Jazz mash-ups of favourite pop songs
Helge Schneider has always had a gift for mashing together conflicting musical and comedic memes, long before it became fashionable to graft a Slayer song onto a Rick Astley hit. As an example, his wonderfully weird jazz comedy interpretations of well-known pop and rock songs have become quite legendary – it's worth the price of Helge Schneider tickets alone to see what he does to Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder's "Ebony and Ivory", or the strange musical places to which he takes "Copacabana", Barry Manilow's blue-rinse brigade favourite. He has also influenced some younger German comedians with his absurdist slant on the musical comedy and stand-up genres, with the likes of Olaf Schubert taking a leaf or two out of his unique book. So have a look on StubHub for Helge Schneider's shows near you. We promise you an unforgettable experience.
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