Moers: Moers: The comedy arts festival shines in old size

The 46th International Comedy Arts Festival in Moers offered a wide range of comedy. Director Carsten Weiss wants to develop new formats.

The 46th International Comedy Arts Festival in Moers is over. After two inevitably meager Corona editions, the festival has been able to strive for old size again in the past four days. Anyone who was in the Enni event hall on the festival evenings will have noticed how broad the range of comedy was that the new artistic director Carsten Weiss had put together.

From the political cabaret with Christian Ehring on Thursday evening to the drawing artist Micha Marx and the German premiere of the “Primitals” on Friday to the chubby lifeguard Schaluppke on Saturday, many varieties of contemporary comedy met. The audience was spoiled for choice – and they gratefully accepted this challenge: Much of what happened on stage was greeted with great applause.

This applied, for example, to the interesting mix with lifeguard Schaluppke, Marie Diot and Nikita Miller on Saturday evening. Robbi Pawlik created the artificial figure of the lifeguard who constantly has to deal with young people in a Cologne open-air pool. In Moers, Schaluppke longs for support in his work, but the lack of skilled workers makes that impossible: “People prefer to be influencers.”

Marie Diot was in stark contrast to Schaluppke’s macho sayings. With a tender voice and a small organ, she told stories in strange-sounding songs. The rhyme is not necessarily her friend, but that is what makes her art so appealing. With a sonorous voice and subtle irony, Nikita Miller conjured haunting images from his youth into the minds of the audience.

Comedy Arts Managing Director Wenke Seidel made it clear on Sunday what cut Corona had in the long festival tradition: “Now that we have seen the artists on stage, many, including me, are only realizing how much this live events have been missing.”

Carsten Weiss, the artistic director of the festival, and his team want to continue to “offer potential for the discovery of new artists. Weiss: “Our plans for the next few years include experimental rooms and laboratories for artists that will enable the development of new formats.”

The focus is on the festival 2023

The organizers are not only hoping for two things for the 2023 Comedy Arts Festival: Firstly, the sun should shine on the Saturday of the festival so that the flash mob planned for this time in the city center can also take place. On the other hand, the square with a construction site atmosphere in front of the hall should shine in new beauty.

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