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The East Frisian artist Karl Bernhard Dall knew like no other how to make his audience laugh in his rough and humorous way. He gave comedies, TV programs and songs a very special flavor with his pointed Low German humor. Comedian and actor Karl Dall was unmistakably recognizable by his drooping eyelid. Even after half a century in show business, the cult comedian made his audience laugh and filled the theaters to the last seat. Karl Dall died of a stroke at the age of 79.
Karl Dall was born with the special East Frisian saying. He was born in 1941 in Emden, the largest city in East Frisia, the son of two teachers. After leaving school early and completing an apprenticeship as a typesetter, young Karl Dall was drawn to television. He took on some extra roles and made his first important friends in show business.
In “Winnetou Part 1” he demonstrated his acting skills in front of the camera for the first time. More film roles followed and together with three allied comedians Karl Dall founded the music group “Insterburg und Co.” in 1967. In the same year, the 26-year-old humorous East Frisian created the cult television show “Musikladen” for the Radio Bremen station.
From then on, the career of the young comedian continued to rise. He played successfully in more than ten German cinema films and conquered further parts of the German television program for himself in the 80s. The funny East Frisian quickly became known and loved by viewers due to his innate, distinctive feature, the drooping eyelid and his Low German humor.
In the 1980s, his phone pranks were the highlight of the show “Do you understand fun?”. He also moderated several of his own talk shows, on which he probed prominent guests with his well-known crude sense of humour.
Parallel to his television career, Karl Dall was on stage, sometimes solo, sometimes alongside other great comedians such as Mike Krüger, making his audience laugh.
Musically, he liked to make fun of himself. With his band “Insterburg und Co” he filled large concert halls and delighted the audience with his musical parodies, in which he never minced his words. In a special musical project, Karl Dall showed his other side and released an album with Hamburg sea shanties, which he had newly set to music.
The first major highlight and milestone of his career, which lasted half a century, was his participation in the show “Do you understand fun?”. His legendary telephone pranks made him known nationwide and he quickly became popular with viewers because of his striking jokes and his direct manner.
On the acting side, “Sunshine Reggae on Ibiza” was the most successful movie in which Karl Dall starred. His talk show “Dall-As” attracted millions of viewers to their TV sets.
Music titles such as “Today I spill myself” or “This disc is a hit” ran for weeks in the German hit parade and was repeatedly performed by Karl Dall accompanied by his long-time colleague Insterburg in front of an enthusiastic audience. He sold hundreds of thousands of records and sold out countless tours.
In show business, the entertainer had developed into a permanent brand over the years and was awarded the honorary comedy prize for his life’s work.
After more than fifty years as a singer, entertainer and actor in show business, Karl Dall published his autobiography “Eye closed and through”.
“To me, an intellectual is someone who can sleep late, doesn’t have to do physical work, and doesn’t have to bow down to a boss. In that sense I am also an intellectual.”
“Hello, this is Karl Dall’s connection. If you have something to say, speak after the beep. If you have nothing to say, leave a beep.”
In addition to the fact that Karl Dall has a congenital lid muscle weakness in one eye, he also suffers from another physical limitation: his right arm was not fully functional after a fall as a baby. Nevertheless, he dared and competed on the tennis court together with the German tennis legend Steffi Graf in a fun doubles game against Sabatini and the soccer player Stefan Kuntz.