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Oliver Pocher is a German actor, stand-up comedian and television presenter.
Pocher is the son of Gerhard and Jutta Pocher; He was born and raised in Hanover. His parents are Jehovah’s Witnesses and he was raised as one too. In 2007, Pocher stated that unlike his parents, he no longer had any contact with the organization as he claimed to “disagree with their rules”. Reports that Pocher had attended a Waldorf school have been denied by his management. Pocher successfully completed his training as an insurance broker at Signal Iduna Bauspar AG.
During his apprenticeship he had a few part-time jobs at various radio stations and as a DJ in clubs and at family celebrations. He also appeared in the comedian group Holla-Bolla and as an entertainer on Birte Karalus, a German chat show. After completing his training, he worked for the Schweizerische Lebensversicherungs- und Rentenanstalt (today: SwissLife) and HDI Lebensversicherung AG.
Pocher’s first television appearance was on October 28, 1998 on Bärbel Schäfer’s afternoon chat show. Pocher was given 5 minutes to make the audience laugh. This time was enough for the artist to make the audience laugh. On September 29, 1999 he presented the show Chart Surfer Trash Top 100, Was geht ab, Planet Viva and finally in 2002 his own show Alles Pocher,… oder was?.
From January 2003 to April 14, 2006 he presented the Rent a Pocher show on ProSieben. In 2006 he recorded the single “Schwarz und Weiss”, a song dedicated to the 2006 World Cup. A music video was shot, with Oliver appearing as spokesman for several press boxes and performing the song in front of fans in Team Germany attire. From October 2007 to April 2009, Pocher appeared on the program by Harald Schmidt, an established late-night presenter on the television station Das Erste, entitled Schmidt und Pocher.
In 2008 his third single “Bringt Him Home” was released. It’s a song for the 2008 European Football Championship. The original version is Baschi’s number 1 hit (Switzerland) “Bring en hei”. He was assistant coach of the European team at the DEL All Star Game in 2009.
Pocher’s contract was not renewed after April 2009, which is why he was hired by Sat.1 to present his own late-night show, The Oliver Pocher Show. The show’s ratings were always below the network’s average and even fell further over time until the show was canceled altogether in March 2011.
Oliver Pocher is often criticized for his jokes at the expense of others. On January 22, 2005, he was sued for damages of 25,000 euros after recommending plastic surgery to a woman from the audience of the “Wetten, dass… Show”. Although he apologized to her over the phone and repeated that apology publicly during one of his shows, he was unable to resolve the dispute out of court. On January 11, Pocher was sentenced to a fine of 6,000 euros by the district court in Hanover. The judge responsible called Pocher’s statement (“You look pretty old for your age”) a “very insulting comment”. The public insult continued in January 2008 during the TV show “Johannes B. Kerner” when Pocher once again made fun of this woman’s appearance and mocked the verdict. As a result, another lawsuit was filed against the entertainer. The victim’s lawyer explained that the woman was insulted and that the issue is repeatedly raised by people she meets in the course of her work. Pocher did not comment on this. Statements like Pocher’s could be legal in the future, as the Council of Europe advises decriminalizing insults.
Pocher caused a scandal during the ZDF show “Gottschalk & Friends” in July 2005 when he first insulted Mariah Carey and later accidentally spat water on her. He was sharply criticized for this action by some newspapers and the responsible broadcaster. Gottschalk himself remained calm and commented on the incident as follows: “Of course I don’t want to have jokes at the expense of others during my show and I don’t want bodies to be removed from the battlefield afterwards. However, if you invite Pocher to your show, you should expect a different atmosphere than at Alfred Biolek, for example. ”
When Pocher made fun of the private life of singer Sarah Connor and her reality show, Connor sued Pocher. While the exact outcome of the lawsuit is not known, Pocher apologized to Connor. In January 2009, Pocher performed the Hitler assassin Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg in the TV program “Schmidt & Pocher”, who is portrayed by Tom Cruise in “Operation Valkyrie”. For this he had to deal with negative feedback, and after that the Broadcasting Commission investigated this incident.
In February 2014, Oliver Pocher was interviewed by Mirjam Wechselbraun with Kim Kardashian at the Vienna Ball. He joked that he would only dance when “N ****** in Vienna” was played.