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Michael "Bully" Herbig
Herbig in 2012
|Born||29 April 1968|
Munich, West Germany
|Occupation||Comedian, film director, actor, voice actor, author|
Michael Herbig (born 29 April 1968 in Munich) is a German comedian, film director, actor, voice actor and author. His nickname "Bully" (in German commonly associated with the VW Bully, rather than the English term) became integral part of his stage name as Michael Bully Herbig as a comedian.
Life and work
His career began in 1992 with regular appearances on radio (more than 800), leading to appearances on various television shows. He gained wider fame as writer, actor and director of the comedy show Bullyparade. The show featured him as the host, his good friend Rick Kavanian, Christian Tramitz and Diana Herold as a dancer and occasional actress in the skits. The show featured many different themes, including stereotypical gay archetypes in a Star Trek parody, an homage to westerns, and of the Austrian royal, Elisabeth of Bavaria, known as Sissi. On the show, he let the audience vote which theme to use for each of his movies based upon characters from the show. The first, the 2001 Der Schuh des Manitu (Manitou's Shoe) was seen by over 11.7 million people, one of the most successful German films to date. His second film, (T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1 (2004) was also a commercial success, cementing his career.
On January 7, 2008, Variety reported that Herbig was set to film a live-action adaptation of animated series Vicky the Viking. The film, carrying the same name as the animated series, was released in 2009.
In 2018, the film Balloon was released, in which he acted as a director, screenwriter and producer. It is his first directorial work that is not a comedy. The movie depicts the balloon escape of the Strelzyk and Wetzel families from the GDR to West Germany in 1979.
|1997||Easy Bully (TV)||Director, Producer, Writer and Starring|
|1997–2002||Bullyparade (TV)||Director, Producer, Writer and Starring|
|1999||Die Bademeister – Weiber, saufen, Leben retten (TV)||Starring|
|2000||Erkan & Stefan||Director|
|2001||Manitou's Shoe||Director, Producer, Writer and Starring|
|The Emperor's New Groove||German voice of Kuzco|
|2004–2007||Bully & Rick (TV)||Director, Producer, Writer and Starring|
|2004||Boo, Zino & the Snurks||Voice of Buu|
|Traumschiff Surprise - Periode 1||Director, Producer, Writer and Starring|
|2005||Robots||German voice of Fender|
|2006||Hui Buh – Das Schlossgespenst||Voice and model for the CGI main character|
|2007||Lissi and the Wild Emperor||Writer, Director and Starring|
|2008||Asterix at the Olympic Games||Supporting|
|Bully sucht die starken Männer! (TV)||Judge in casting show for the movie "Vicky [...]"|
|Die Geschichte vom Brandner Kaspar||Starring|
|2009||Vicky the Viking||Director and Starring|
|2010||Toy Story 3||German voice of Woody|
|2013||The Incredible Burt Wonderstone||Supporting|
|2016||Vier gegen die Bank||Starring|
|2017||Bullyparade - The Movie||Director, Producer, Writer and Starring|
|2019||Toy Story 4||German voice of Woody|
|2020||Der Boandlkramer und die ewige Liebe||Starring|
- Meza, Ed (January 7, 2008). "Herbig to direct 'Vicky the Viking'". Variety. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
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