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The character Atze Schröder is an artificial figure from the German comedian industry, whereby his real person refuses to disclose his civil identity. The character of Atze Schröder became known mainly through various television shows and the well-known TV series Alles Atze. His real name is Hubertus Albers.
The artist who was born on September 27, 1965 under the real name Thomas Schröder in Essen hides behind the artificial figure Atze Schröder. Atze Schröder’s broad talent was already recognized when he was still at school, and he showed it as a gymnast, even becoming youth champion in gymnastics. After school, trained as a dance teacher and then studied sociology for a while. From the mid-1990s, Atze Schröder turned to the art form of stand-up comedy.
The artist first appeared with the character Atze Schröder from 1995 on German cabaret stages such as the Schmidt Theater in Hamburg. This was followed by his first tour of Germany. Above all, Atze Schröder was able to attract a great deal of attention in a relatively short time through the appearances of Atze Schröder in the stand-up comedy show Quatsch Comedy Club on ProSieben and also through the television show Alles Atze on RTL. He made an excursion into the field of film with his participation in the well-known film 7 dwarfs – men alone in the forest in 2004, in which he appeared as a court jester.
In the years 2000 and again from 2002 to 2007, the character Atze Schröder presented the presentation of the German Comedy Prize. In addition, the character Atze Schröder was able to moderate the comedy advent calendar on RTL from mid-December 2008. From 2010 he took over the hosting of the show Der Comedy Olymp. In 2011, Atze Schröder received the German Comedy Award for his performance as the character Atze Schröder in the category Best TV Solo Program for Revolution. From September 2019, Atze Schröder also moderated the comedy format NightWash.
Atze Schröder has been running the podcast Zärtliche Cousinen together with Till Hoheneder since February 2019. Both are now on tour with this podcast. There is another podcast with Atze Schröder entitled Betreutes Feeling, where he also speaks as Atze Schröder in collaboration with the psychologist Leon Windscheid about fears, depression, polyamory or loneliness.
Already at the beginning of his career, Atze Schröder managed to take legal action against the disclosure of his civil identity because he refused. In 2005 he won a lawsuit against the newspaper Bild, which had published a photo of Atze Schröder without a wig. Atze Schröder was also able to defend himself successfully in another case in 2006, when he had the Weser-Kurier prohibit him from mentioning his real name again. The lawsuit, which aimed to have his real name deleted from the article in the German-language Wikipedia in 2007, was withdrawn after the information in question was deleted from the article. The costs of the lawsuit were borne by the actor himself. The reason for the withdrawal was that he had not explained why his interest in anonymity outweighed the public’s interest in lifting anonymity. However, there were other legal disputes in Atze Schröder’s career that were prompted by his behavior. In a stage program entitled Pain Free, Atze Schröder made fun of the actor Fritz Wepper and his relationship with a much younger woman. Because Wepper felt insulted and disparaged, he sued the Munich I Regional Court for injunctive relief and for damages and compensation for pain and suffering. The Munich Higher Regional Court later ruled in favor of Weppers, with the result that Atze Schröder was prohibited from making certain statements in the future. However, an action for payment of damages was dismissed by the court. When, in 2016, there was a physical altercation in Cologne between the Atze Schröder actor and Niels Ruf, Ruf demanded compensation for pain and suffering, also on the grounds that this had happened before. At the 2016 hearing, Atze Schröder was ordered not to come closer than three meters to Nils Ruf. Since the picture reported on this judicial controversy, Atze Schröder filed a complaint against the paper again, but the injunction action against the picture because of violation of the general right of personality before the district court in Berlin failed.
- “If the good Lord had wanted us to eat fish on Fridays, he wouldn’t have closed the doctor’s offices on Saturdays.”
- “I will always carry Rudi in my heart. “
- “You always hear about people who have lost their minds in love; but there are also many who have lost their hearts for reason. “
What is special about the character Atze Schröder is that the artist has managed to hide his true identity over the years.
Also something special is the wig that the artist always wears.