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Theo Maassen

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Theodorus Wilhelmus (Theo) Maassen (born 8 December 1966 in Oegstgeest, Zuid-Holland) is a Dutch comedian and actor who grew up in Zijtaart in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant. He currently lives in Eindhoven. In addition to his shows, he has also made a number of appearances in films.

Maassen won two of the biggest comedy contests in the Netherlands in 1990, the Groninger Studenten Cabaret Festival(GSCF), and Cameretten. The GSCF jury was not pleased with the quality of the contestants that year, and gave Maassen the first prize, remarking he was the best of the year, but still not very good.

In the following years, however, Maassen fame grew steadily, especially amongst students. Maassens style was based on stand-up comedy: Alone on stage, telling jokes and stories to amuse the public, without any musical support (a thing common for most Dutch comedians up to that point).

Since 2000, Maassens shows are shown on Dutch national television, making him more and more a household name.

In 2006, Maassen received the ‘Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Theater Prijs 2006’ (Prince Bernhard Culture Fund Theatre Prize 2006) for his ‘daring combination of theatre and comedy’. The same year he also received the Prijs van de Kritiek (Prize of the critics), a yearly prize by Dutch theatre critics.

Theo Maassen is a self proclaimed fan of Bill Hicks.

Maassen once stole the UEFA cup from the stadium of football team PSV Eindhoven. For several years it was unknown who had been responsible for the disappearance of the trophy.

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