Oliver Kalkofe at the Romy TV awards 2008
September 12, 1965 |
Oliver Kalkofe (born 12 September 1965) is a German satirist, columnist, book author and actor.
Life and career
Kalkofe was born in Hanover. He grew up in the Engelbostel district of nearby Langenhagen, as well as in Peine. After passing the Abitur in 1984, he finished his training as a foreign language correspondent clerk and interpreter in English and French before enrolling at the University of Münster to major in media and communication studies.
In 1990 he joined the Frühstyxradio, a comedy show on commercial radio station ffn. Broadcast on Sunday mornings, the shows had a theme and were presented by fictional hosts, with episodes of various ongoing series and stand-alone sketches more or less dealing with that theme. Kalkofe developed and voiced a variety of characters and series for the show.
He gained popularity on a national level with the TV show Kalkofes Mattscheibe on German pay TV network Premiere, which he had adapted for television in 1994 from his Frühstyxradio series of the same name. In it he shows clips from German TV and comments on them or parodies them. In 1996 he was awarded the Adolf-Grimme-Preis for the show.
His biggest success are the movies Der WiXXer and Neues vom Wixxer, a parody of the German Edgar Wallace screen adaptations from the 1960s. The movies were based on a Frühstyxradio sketch series and the scripts written together with comedian Bastian Pastewka as Chief Inspector Even Longer. Kalkofe wrote the German translation for Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie and dubbd the voice of Tom Servo, viding the other voices.
Only select major roles.
- Der WiXXer (2004, also writer-producer)
- Die ProSieben Märchenstunde: Rumpelstilzchen - Auf Wache im Märchenwald (TV; 2006)
- Neues vom Wixxer (2007, also writer-producer)
- Der Goldene Nazivampir von Absam 2 - Das Geheimnis von Schloß Kottlitz (2007)
- Urmel voll in Fahrt (2008, voice)
Roles in German synchronizations of English movies
- 1998 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (de: Mystery Science Theater 3000: Der Film) as Tom Servo and Benkitnorf
- 2005 Robots as Phineas T. Ratchet
- 2006 Cars as Dusty (de: Kling)
- 2007 Little Britain as the German voice of Matt Lucas
- 2009 The Haunted World of El Superbeasto as El Superbeasto
- 2011 Come fly with me as the German voice of Matt Lucas
- 2013 Epic as Mub
- 2013 Planes as (also in English) Franz Fliegenhosen
- Onkel Hottes Märchenstunde (2001, illustrated by Michael Hellmich, ISBN 3-8303-3026-X)
- Der Wixxer (2007, with Bastian Pastewka and Oliver Welke, ISBN 978-3-8025-1744-0)
- Neues vom Wixxer (2007, with Bastian Pastewka and Oliver Welke, ISBN 978-3-8025-1745-7)
- Geschafft! Wir sind blöd! : Kalkofes letzte Worte (2008,
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- Works by and about Oliver Kalkofe in the catalog of the Deutschen Nationalbibliothek