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Chris Tall, whose real name is Christopher Nast, is a German comedian who won the RTL Comedy Grand Prix in 2013 and 3 years later was awarded the German Comedy Prize in the category “Best Newcomer”. He was born in Hamburg and has been living there again since 2014.
Chris Tall was born in Hamburg in 1991 and grew up in the southeastern Hamburg district of Lohbrügge. He was active as a goalkeeper in the football club VFL Lohbrügge. After graduating from high school, he qualified for a university of applied sciences with a focus on business and administration. After successfully passing his vocational diploma, he completed an apprenticeship as an insurance salesman. According to his own statement, Chris was already known as a class clown at school and his humorous nature made a career as a comedian obvious. At his first appearance in a restaurant called “Thier” in Hamburg, only 12 people were present. Due to better opportunities and a larger cabaret scene, Chris Tall moved from his home town of Lohbrügge to the city of Cologne. There he gave further performances and worked part-time as a mobile phone salesman.
According to his own statements, he was inspired for a career as a comedian by the appearances of Mario Barth. Chris saw this live for the first time at the age of 13 and was completely enthusiastic about his stage program. At the age of 19, he saw the then 18-year-old comedian Fabian Hintzen at the RTL II Fun Club, which ultimately gave him the final motivational boost to realize and implement his own stage program.
By playing various shows and winning the Comedy Grand Prix, Stefan Raab became aware of Chris Tall, who then often invited him to his show TV-Total, which increased the media attention to the then quite young Chris enormously. Within his program at the time, he encouraged making jokes about underprivileged minorities. This resulted in his well-known key question “May he do that?” which has developed into the characteristic unique selling point of the young comedian. The appearances in the TV-Total program are followed by other stage shows as part of Nightwash and the Quatsch Comedy Club. From the successful response, his first successful solo program entitled “Transfer endangered” emerged in 2015. In the following year his first book “Selfie von Mutti! When parents want to be cool” and the stage program of the same name. Chris has already shared a stage with greats from the comedy scene, such as Luke Mockridge, Cindy aus Marzahn and Bülent Ceylan. He has been working with the latter since 2017 as part of his program “Die Bülent Ceylan Show” and interviews passers-by in the pedestrian zone.
After two leading roles in the two feature films “Abschlussfahrt” and “Männertag”, Chris Tall signed a three-year exclusive contract with the film production company Constantin Film in 2017. In the same year, the newcomer got his own primetime show on RTL entitled “Want we bet? Bülent vs. Chris”. Since September 27 of this year, the comedian has also had his own show on Amazon’s Prime Video streaming portal. Chris won the 1Live Krone in the comedy category in 2018 and was awarded the Bambi in the same category a year later.
“You may joke about a black man and the black man won’t laugh. Then you are not racists – then the black man has no sense of humor.”
– Chris Tall
“My mom always yells at me, ‘Clean up your room.’ The other day she yelled at me so loudly – my neighbor cleaned up his room right away.”
– Chris Tall
The stories about Chris Tall’s classmates and teachers, which he wrote at the age of 19, from his first solo program “Displacement at Risk” are not made up and all really happened. Only the names have been changed.