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In Austria, he initially worked for local radio station Wien 1, before being employed by national broadcaster ORF. There he has mainly done comedy shows, the most popular being echt fett, a hidden camera prank show (based on British format Trigger Happy TV), and Wir sind Kaiser (We are Emperor), a political satire where the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy is restituted. There, Palfrader plays the "Emperor Robert Heinrich" based on the Emperors of Austria.