Nico Semsrott

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Nico Semsrott
2018 Nico Semsrott - by 2eight - DSC9507.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for Germany
Assuming office
2 July 2019[1][2]
Personal details
Born (1986-03-11) 11 March 1986 (age 33)
Hamburg, Germany
Political partyDie PARTEI

Nico Semsrott (born 11 March 1986) is a German Kabarett artist, politician (Die PARTEI) and slam poet who was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2019.[3]



In school, he founded the satirical school newspaper Sophie's Underworld (German: Sophies Unterwelt) together with his younger brother, Arne Semsrott [de] at the Hamburg Sophie-Barat-Schule [de]. Its sale was banned on the school grounds by the school's headmistress.[4]

Since 2008, Semsrott has portrayed a depressive persona on poetry slams and cabarets. His first solo show, titled "Joy is just a lack of information" (German: Freude ist nur ein Mangel an Informationen), premiered on 14 June 2012 in Hamburg. He performed updated versions from Autumn 2014 until Christmas 2018. In 2019, Semsrott announced a pause in favor of his political work.[5] Semsrott was part of the ZDF heute-show team from 2017 until 2019, hosting the segment No Fun Facts.[6]


Semsrott ran in the 2017 German federal election as leading candidate for Berlin for Die PARTEI, a satirical German political party, receiving 2.1% of the votes.[7][4]

In the 2019 European elections, Semsrott was elected to the European Parliament as the second party-list candidate (behind Martin Sonneborn) from Die PARTEI. His Party received 2.4%. Unlike other elections in Germany, there is no 5%- threshold concerning the European Parliament elections. In the preelection Semsrott criticized the lack of attention given to younger generations in a TV advertisement.[8][9][10] A survey made after the election showed that votes for "die PARTEI" came especially from first-time voters (about 9% of this group). [11]



  1. ^ "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Key dates ahead". BBC News. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ Oltermann, Philip; Walker, Shaun; Giuffrida, Angela (27 May 2019). "An NBA star, a TV chef and a comedian: meet some of the new MEPs". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b Hanselmann, Matthias. "Nico und Arne Semsrott – Mal lustig, mal ernst – aber immer politisch" [Nico and Arne Semsrott: Sometimes funny, sometimes serious – but always political]. Deutschlandfunk (in German). Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Nico Semsrott". Retrieved 11 May 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)[non-primary source needed]
  6. ^ "No Fun Facts – Heute Show". (in German). Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Berlin Votes" (PDF).
  8. ^ "LETZTWÄHLER - EINE GEFAHR FÜR EUROPA! (advertisement in German Public TV (ARD))". Youtube/Nico Semsrott. 25 April 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Sonneborn bei der Europawahl : Mit Göbbels und Speer als Kandidaten". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 22 August 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  10. ^ Pichler, Nikolaus (28 May 2019). "Junge Wähler pushen Die Partei ins EU-Parlament – das sagt Nico Semsrott zum Wahlerfolg" [Young Voters Push Die PARTEI into the European Parliament – Nice Semsrott speaks about the electoral victory]. Stern. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  11. ^ ""the PARTY" is more popular then the common partys (SPD and FDP)". RTL. 28 May 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Nico gewinnt Finale | N-JOY XTRA – Entertainment – Comedy – Comedy Contest". 15 October 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Kulturbörsenpreis für fünf A-Cappella-Sängerinnen" [Cultural Expo Prize for Five A-Capella Singers]. Badische Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 11 May 2019.

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