Ata Demirer

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Ata Demirer
Ata Demirer 01.jpg
Born (1972-07-06) July 6, 1972 (age 42)
Bursa, Turkey
Occupation Filmmaker and Stand-up comedian
Years active 1995–present

Ata Demirer (born July 6, 1972 in Bursa, Turkey) is a Turkish filmmaker and stand-up comedian famous for a string of Turkish box-office hits including Berlin Kaplanı (2012), Eyyvah Eyvah 2 (2011), Eyyvah Eyvah (2010) as well as being one of the top 10 standup comedians in Turkey.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Demirer, who demonstrated a talent for music at an early age, studied at Bursa Boy's High School before transferring in his final year and graduating with honours from Çelebi Mehmet High School. After leaving school he found work, with the help of his brothers, as a night club pianist. In 1991, he moved to Istanbul after being accepted on a music course at the Turkish State Conservatory at Istanbul Technical University. During his studies he started performing stand-up in bars and befriended Gökhan Semiz of Turkish comedy troop Vitamin Group and sang on their single Turkish Cowboys. His first professional performances were organised with the assistance of E.Ş.EK Theatre Group founder Uğur Uludağ and while performing in musical theater with the group in Assos he was offered the lead role in the 1995 production of Funny Money (Komik Para) at the Dormen Theatre. That same year he also founded and toured with the Ege Kumpanya orchestral group as well as continuing to perform stand-up.

In 1998 he impressed the organisers at Leman Kültür with recordings of his earlier shows and they staged his show Tek Kişilik Dev Kadro which consisted mostly of impersonations of Turkish celebrities such as actor Kadir İnanır and singers Bülent Ersoy and Emrah. After more than 1000 performances the show transferred successfully to television with Star TV's 42-episode run of Korsan TV (2001) written, produced and presented by Demirer. He subsequently joined the cast of Star TV's Tatlı Hayat (2001–04), the Turkish version of US television sitcom The Jeffersons (1975–1985) and began his film career, alongside future Eyyvah Eyvah co-star Demet Akbağ, in the supporting cast of Where's Firuze? (Neredesin Firuze?) and Vizontele Tuuba (both 2004). He greatest success came with a three-season run from 2004 to 2006 as the loveable Volkan in the popular Atv sitcom Avrupa Yakası, which also lead to his first cinematic lead role as Güngör in Neco Çelik's Kısık Ateşte 15 Dakika (2006). During this time he also continued his music career with the release of the studio album Makara (2005) and the four-track maxi-single Exit (2006) as well as the TV show Hacıyatmaz (2007).

In April 2007, he started a stand-up tour called Ata Demirer Show which he took around Turkey and to the Netherlands, Germany and France. Upon returning from his tour he took the lead role of Sultan Osman VII in Gani Müjde's hit comedy The Ottoman Republic (Osmanlı Cumhuriyeti), which was the fourth highest-grossing Turkish film of 2008, and returned as Volkan for the final two seasons of Avrupa Yakası from 2008 to 2009. After the series finished, he wrote and co-starred with Demet Akbağ in Hakan Algül's Eyyvah Eyvah (2010) and Eyyvah Eyvah 2 (2011), which were the highest-grossing Turkish films of their respective years. His latest film Berlin Kaplanı (2012) also debuted at number one in the weekly Turkish box office.

Filmography[edit]

Films & TV series
Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer Actor Role
2001 Korsan TV Yes Yes Yes Star TV television series
2001-04 Tatlı Hayat Yes Star TV television series
2004 Where's Firuze? (Turkish: Neredesin Firuze?) Yes
2004 Vizontele Tuuba Yes Written and directed by Yılmaz Erdoğan
2004–06 Avrupa Yakası Yes Volkan Kanal D television series
2006 Kısık Ateşte 15 Dakika Yes Güngör
2008 The Ottoman Republic (Turkish: Osmanlı Cumhuriyeti) Yes Sultan Osman VII
2008–09 Avrupa Yakası Yes Volkan Kanal D television series
2010 Eyyvah Eyvah Yes Yes Hüseyin
2011 Eyyvah Eyvah 2 Yes Yes Hüseyin
2012 Berlin Kaplanı Yes Yes Ayhan

Discography[edit]

  • "Makara"
  • "Exit (Maxi Single)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Emrah Güler (January 14, 2011). "Comedic Turkish duo return for even more laughs". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ata Demirer Readies for İzmir Performance". Today's Zaman. July 5, 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 

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