Theo Maassen
Theodorus Wilhelmus Maassen (born 8 December 1966 in Oegstgeest
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, Zuid-Holland) is a Dutch comedian
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 and actor
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 who grew up in Zijtaart
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 in the Dutch
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 of Noord-Brabant. He currently lives in Eindhoven. In addition to his shows, he has also made a number of appearances in film
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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
Stand-up comedy
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: Alone on stage, telling jokes and stories to amuse the public, without any musical support (a thing common for most Dutch comedian
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s 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
Bill Hicks
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  • 1994: Bepaalde dingen ("Certain Things")
  • 1996: Neuk het systeem ("Fuck the System")
  • 1998: Ruwe pit ("Rough seed")
  • 2002: Functioneel naakt ("Functional Nudity")
  • 2006: Tegen Beter Weten In ("Against Better Judgment")
  • 2009: Zonder Pardon ("Without Pardon"), registered as feature film, released 2009


Maassen played large and small roles in the following Dutch movies:
  • 2001: AmnesiA as Wouter
  • 2001: Adriaans plaag (short film) as trader Benedikt
  • 2001: Undercover Kitty (Minoes)
    Undercover Kitty (film)
    Undercover Kitty is a 2001 Dutch film, based on the children's novel Minoes by Annie M.G. Schmidt. The film was a box office success grossing $4,227,362 in the Netherlands, $111,858 in Germany, $34,164 in Austria, and $389,200 in Norway.-Plot:...

    as Tibbe
  • 2003: as Marcel
  • 2003: Interview as Theo
  • 2003: Kees de jongen as Vader Bakels
  • 2003: De onterechte kampioen as himself (he also directed and produced this movie)
  • 2004: Amazones as Achilles
  • 2006: Black Book (directed by Paul Verhoeven)
  • 2008: TBS as main character Johan
  • 2008: Dunya en Desie in Marokko as Jeff
  • 2009: Zonder Pardon ("Without Pardon"), registration of the show (see above)
  • 2010: New Kids Turbo as a drunk in the bar


Maassen plays the role of 'Roel' in the television series 'Mevrouw de minister'. He also had a supporting role in the serie Dunya en Desie.


Maassen once stole the UEFA cup
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 from the stadium of football team PSV Eindhoven. For several years it was unknown who had been responsible for the disappearance of the trophy. The true story was confessed by Maassen himself, live on a TV talkshow about football. That night the show had several guests that were in the possession of rare football artifacts. When the host asked Maassen about his artifact, he took the UEFA cup out of his bag and put it on the table, in front of the baffled host and guests. Later, he also showed on Studio Voetbal that he had stolen PSV's second prize of the UEFA Supercup.

He also has released a song titled Lauwe Pis (Lukewarm Piss) which peaked at #1 on the Dutch Top 40

On May 31, 2008 Maassen destroyed the camera worth €15.000 belonging to photographer Ilvy Njiokiktjien after asking her to join him on stage, because she made photographs, although Maassen had told the organization he did not want that, and assumed that she was informed about this. However, the organization had failed to do that. Maassen and the organization have promised to pay for the damage.
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