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Kaya Yanar is a German comedian with Turkish-Arabic roots. He is best known for his ethno-based sketches, in which he takes up socially and culturally difficult topics in a humorous way.
Kaya Yanar was born on May 20, 1973 in Frankfurt am Main. Kaya’s Turkish-Arabic parents immigrated to Germany from the Turkish city of Atakya. Kaya Yanar grew up in Maintal in the Dörnigheim district. Today’s comedian was raised liberal in his childhood. With his older brother he attended the Heinrich-von-Gagern-Gymnasium in Frankfurt am Main. Despite the fact that his mother was a Muslim and his father was an atheist, he was allowed to take religious classes at school. Yanar’s parents separated and Kaya lived alternately with her mother and father.
After graduating from high school in 1993, he began studying philosophy, phonetics and American studies at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, which he never completed. Kaya Yanar kept his head above water with various part-time jobs alongside his studies. He worked as an animator, among other things, which enabled him to rediscover his passion for the stage – in his childhood he already had a great interest in theater and art, but this faded over the years. After rediscovering his passion for the stage through his job as an entertainer, he began performing several sketches at the Cologne Comedy Cup in 1999.
After his great success with his first own TV show “What are you looking at?!” Kaya Yanar went on tour, which was recorded on CD and released in 2003 under the title “Welttournee durch Deutschland”. Many other appearances and shows followed, such as a program on ZDF called “Kaya Yanar tests Germany”, which was broadcast in 2007 as part of a theme week about the integration background. In the same year, Yanar performed live on stage for the first time for “Made in Germany”. With “Live and Uncensored” in the same year, “Freak Out for Beginners” in 2008 and “All Inclusive!” in 2011 further successful live programs followed. In addition, in 2008 Yanar occupied his first feature film role as Adi in the comedy “Dekker & Adi – Who brakes loses”.
In addition, Yanar published his first book “Made in Germany” with Heyne Verlag in 2011, in which he slipped into the roles of the fictional characters Hakan, Ranjid and Francesco. Also in 2011, Kaya Yanar appeared together with Paul Panzer in the show “Stars at Work” on RTL, where celebrities were tasked with doing unfamiliar jobs. This was followed by many more appearances and TV shows like the “Kaya Show” in 2012.
Yanar first drew attention to himself through his appearances in 1999 at the Cologne Comedy Cup, which made him convincing and led to his first TV show: with the successful format “What are you looking at?!” Kaya Yanar achieved his breakthrough on Sat.1 in 2001. The show, which has won several awards, created a new stir on German television and Yanar was able to demonstrate his versatility for the first time, as he convincingly alternately played the roles of Hakan, Ranjid and Francesco in his sketches. Yanar suddenly became well-known and popular with his viewers. After his breakthrough and several tour appearances, several awards followed in 2001: Kayar Yanar received three awards in one year: the German TV Award, the German Comedy Award and the Golden Romy. In 2009, Yanar was also allowed to receive the gold record for the DVD “Made in Germany – Live” associated with his live program.
The fact that most of Kaya Yanar’s quotes are of a rather funny nature allows for a large number of quotes that have accumulated over the years. But the star comedian can also be serious. In an interview with Spiegel Online he said the following: “My comedy program is a thank you to the Germans”. With this, Kayar thanks him for his integration as a German Turk.
Kaya Yanar reserves the right to keep his private life rather secret. One of the few details that leaked out to the public is his relationship at the time with his comedian colleague Mirja Boes, which broke up. In addition, the native of Frankfurt has been living in Switzerland since 2012, where he moved with his longtime girlfriend and current wife. Neither her name nor a photo of her has appeared in the media so far. It is also assumed that Yanar has no children yet.
In addition to his creative and rather funny work as a comedian, which he still does today, Yanar is actively involved in animal welfare. Among other things, he has been involved in campaigns against fur and enjoys a vegan and vegetarian diet. Kaya Yanar is also committed to his fellow human beings and has made donations to children’s homes and Amnesty International. Kaya Yanar was also awarded the Palm Tree for his services to the understanding of peoples.