Hugo Matthysen performing as
his alter ego Clement Peerens
|Birth name||Hugo Matthysen|
|Also known as||Clement Peerens|
|Born||30 January 1956|
|Genres||New wave, pop rock, jazz, world music|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, author, philosopher and actor|
In 1984 he regularly appeared with Bart Peeters and Marcel Vanthilt in Peeters' programme Villa Tempo as "De Hermannen". De Hermannen were three people with sunglasses, blonde wedge and wearing black jackets with a white sweater beneath, with which they intentionally looked like the German singer Heino. They played absurd sketches.
Matthysen then also started to write for the magazine HUMO, for which he would create several columns. He also founded a humouristic rock band, named "Hugo Matthysen en De Bomen", and in 1989 he delivered weekly contributions to the absurd programme Lava by Kamagurka and Herr Seele.
Together with Bart Peeters he created the radio programme Het Leugenpaleis for Studio Brussel. Later a television version came out with the (anagram) title Het Peulengaleis. Apart from that he is the writer of TV series for children like Kulderzipken and Dag Sinterklaas and he is also author of the theater piece Frankenstein by Smrntwsk Alleen (1989). On top on that, he wrote some music texts for De Nieuwe Snaar.
The Dag Sinterklaas series he wrote about Sinterklaas (=Saint Nicholas, European origin of Santa Claus) since the early 1990s gave children in Flanders, Belgium a view on the daily life of the holy man. Also, it explained some of the questions children have around the event: why Zwarte Piet (Black Peter) is black (not his original skin colour, but because of sliding through the chimney) and how Sinterklaas acquires the presents (with a special kind of money). 20 years later, Bart Peeters stated it is thanks to Matthysen that in Belgium the Sinterklaas event has not been subject of a racism discussion as it has been in the Netherlands, because the series explains the figure of Zwarte Piet has nothing to do with slavery.
In the summer of 2008 Hugo Matthysen again gave concerts with the Clement Peerens Explosition.
In 2010, he wrote the humouristic TV program Anneliezen.
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- "Tattoo Herman en de Hermannen" (in Dutch). Cobra TV. 8 July 2011.
- "Dag Sinterklaas". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
- Verhoogen, Inne (23 October 2013). ""Hugo Matthysen heeft de puntjes op de i van de Sint gezet"" (in Dutch). VRT.
- nj (11 October 2010). "Tine Embrechts en Karlijn Sileghem: 'Anneliezen'" (in Dutch). HUMO.