The Comedyhuis is made up out of more than 10 extremely talented, crazy and blisteringly funny stand-up comedians who combine over a hundred years’ worth of comedy experience. This surplus of experience shines through in their comedy performances in which they always manage to send audience members home with a big smile on their faces. They can deliver high quality stand-up comedy in both the Dutch as the English language. Below you will find a short biography of all Comedyhuis comedians!
Jeroen Pater is a stand-up comedian who has been rocking stages in Belgium and The Netherlands for over 15 years. Jeroen used to be a member of the Comedy Explosion and on performs an average of over 200 gigs a year. He is the co-founder of the Comedyhuis in Utrecht and also founded the Utrecht International Comedy Festival which is the largest stand-up comedy festival in The Netherlands. Jeroen is one of the hardest working comedians in the country and it shows when you see him work. Jeroen’s eye is always on the ball and he always delivers high quality stand-up comedy.
Lambert-Jan Koops won the prestigious Dutch comedy prize the Culture Comedy Award in 2005 and afterwards became a member of the Comedy Explosion. He also toured the country with a variety of solo-shows. These days he is a full-time member of the Comedyhuis and you can still find him rocking gigs all over the country. With Lambert-Jan expect to be entertained with clever comedy!
Vanessa Jorissen knows how to charm an audience with her tasteful (and if needed distasteful) material. Next to being a top-notch comedian she is also a hilarious blogger. You can read about her adventures trying to impregnate her girlfriend on her well-read blog Zaadvragers.nl.
Ronald Smink is fully committed to thinking outside of the box. His absurd material in combination with his limber body and extremely expressive face makes for an act you won’t easily forget. Once you step into his rollercoaster of absurdist stories you will not want to get out. (For that matter, he won’t let you!) Ronald won the Groninger Student Cabaret Festival, performed at Lowlands Festival and toured the country with his own solo special. When it comes to comedy, Ronald Smink is in a league of his own!
Felix Heezemans won the well-known Dutch comedy prize the Culture Comedy Award in 2011 and has been rocking stages. This Comedyhuis-member will dazzle you with his extremely sharp and hilarious observations of everyday life. Felix’ unique and bizarre observations on life makes for a blisteringly funny show so you’d better hold on to your seats!
Soula Notos is a Dutch woman from Greek origin who is skilled in many trades. Be it as a producer of theater, a storyteller, an actress, a presenter or a stand-up comedian, she consistently delivers quality. In her performances she effortlessly combines personal stories and jokes about current events with absurd phenomena. Soula is a must see act and regularly performs in English and could also be seen at the Free Fringe in Edinburgh and the Luxembourg Comedy Festival.
Jurg van Ginkel
Jurg van Ginkel is a performer who can squeeze the funny out of just about anything or any subject. Even doing 10 minutes of funny material on the inspiring subject of hydrangeas is a walk in the park for this comedian (listen for proof here!) listen to Jurg making Hortensea funny). Jurg studied English for many years, before turning his attention to performing comedy in both English and Dutch. He won the Dutch AKF Comedy Award in 2008 and has performed in Bonn and Berlin and at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Luxembourg Comedy Festival.
Hank has a ton of experience and as a Master of Ceremonies there are not many places in The Netherlands he hasn’t seen as a performer. Together with Jeroen Pater he is the co-founder of the comedy collective Comedyhuis in Utrecht. With fellow comedian Bob Maclaren he conceptualized and produced the series Grimassen for the Dutch television-network NTR, in which comedians retraced their foreign roots. Hank has performed in English at Mezrab Comedy in Amsterdam, Fiddler’s Pub in Bonn and at the Luxembourg Comedy Festival.
Mister Utrecht himself Hans Gommer always knows how to work the crowds with his laid-back way of performing and his avuncular charm. He always finds common ground with his audience and interacts on a very personal level. He is also a gifted improv-coach (and player!) Hans will ‘yes, and‘ his way straight into your heart!
Hassan el Rahaui
Hassan el Rahaui is one of the fastest rising stars within the Dutch comedy scene and once you’ve seen him work you will understand why. Hassan not only packs an abundance of great jokes but his engaging and sympathetic personality makes it so that he will win any crowd over by the end of his performance. This is why this friendly Utrecht-based comedian easily won the audience appreciation price at the Griffioen/Zuidpleinfestival!.
Frans van der Groen
Frans van der Groen was the Master of Ceremonies for years at the now-closed Comedy Explosion comedy club in Amsterdam, where he introduced such Dutch comedy royalty as Claudia de Breij and Javier Guzman. Frans also acted as presenter at the big Utrecht festivals Festival aan de Werf and Bevrijdingsfestival.