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DMU grad prepares for comedy gig of his life

A De Montfort University (DMU) graduate with a love for comedy is preparing for his ‘biggest show ever’ at this year’s Leicester Comedy Festival.

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German-born Jurgen Strack, who studied Business at DMU in 1995, will be taking to the stage for what he promises to be an ‘original performance’ on Friday 24 February.

He said: “This is the biggest show I’ve ever done and although I’m nervous, it is really exciting.

“It is not long until the performance and it’s starting to feel very real now. I’m always thinking about it.”

The comedian will share the stage with So You Think You’re Funny semi-finalist, Liam Webber and the duo have described their act as ‘a pair of idiots who take Manhattan 34 hostage, for an hour of high energy and madcap comedy.”

Known as ‘Herman the German’ to fans, Jurgen will take the spotlight for 30 minutes and his act will include a Gordan Ramsey impression and a conspiracy theory that has gone unnoticed in the UK since WW2!

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He said: “I’ve been in and out of the comedy industry for 10 years now and I’ve seen many people attempt German comedy in the UK. I think the reason behind my success is that all my work is original.”

Jurgen uses his German background for a lot of his material, including the gag: “I’d like to settle your mind regarding the ridiculous notion Germans are obsessed with mathematical uniformity. That is a total fabrication. Now, joke No.1!”

The DMU graduate, who has performed at London’s famous Comedy Club and was a finalist at Leicester Comedy Festival stand up competition,  is always looking to secure more gigs and will be performing at the Brighton Fringe Festival in May this year. 

The performance, which takes place in Manhattan 34 at 10.15pm, is free but also asks people to pay what they want. Doors open to the public at 8.55pm.

De Montfort University is one of the main sponsors of this year's Leicester Comedy Festival.

Leicester Comedy Festival was set up in 1994 when a group of DMU Arts and Festivals Management students decided to host the event as part of their final year practical project.

That first festival was a huge success and, after graduating, Geoff Rowe decided to continue the festival and has led the development of the annual event ever since. 

The festival now regularly features hundreds of shows across dozens of venues, and has been cited as “one of the best comedy festivals in the world” by The Guardian.

Posted on Monday 6th February 2017

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