Jürgen von der Lippe

Last updated
Hans-Jürgen Hubert Dohrenkamp
Geheimniskramer - 2018-01-23-1856.jpg
Born (1948-06-08) 8 June 1948 (age 71)
Other namesJürgen von der Lippe
Occupation Television presenter, Actor, Comedian and Entertainer
Known forpresenting the game shows Donnerlippchen (1986–1988) and Geld oder Liebe (1989–2001)

Hans-Jürgen Dohrenkamp (born 8 June 1948), better known by his stage name Jürgen von der Lippe, is a German television presenter, entertainer, actor and comedian. His stage name comes from the fact that he was born near the source of the river Lippe. [1]



Jürgen von der Lippe was born Hans-Jürgen Dohrenkamp in Bad Salzuflen, and grew up in Aachen, where he attended the Kaiser-Karls-Gymnasium and was a Catholic altar boy. [2] (Today he is an agnostic). [3] [4] His father was the barkeeper in a striptease bar. [1] [5]

From 1966 to 1970 he trained as a signaller in the Bundeswehr , leaving the armed forces a lieutenant. [6] [7]

In 1976 he, Hans Werner Olm and others founded the music group Gebrüder Blattschuss (The Blattschuss Brothers – literally, Blattschuss is a hunting term for a shot through the shoulder into the heart; figuratively, it means getting one's point across succinctly.)

From 1986 to 1988 he was married (his second marriage) to the famous German television presenter Margarethe Schreinemakers. [1]

Before his career in show business, he began studying German language and literature, philosophy and linguistics in Aachen and Berlin, but without graduating. [6]

Television career

Jürgen von der Lippe's first major success was Donnerlippchen (Little Thunder Lips) on WDR television station. He went on to present another very successful dating show, Geld oder Liebe (Money or Love) on ARD; this finished in 2001 after twelve years on air.

Some other public service broadcasting programmes of his included WWF Club (1980 to 1990), So isses ("That's how it is"), Die Goldene Eins ("The Golden No. 1"), Hast Du Worte ("Got words?"), Wat is? ("Whassup?"), Lippes Lachmix ("Lippe's Comedy Mix") and Was liest Du? ("What are you reading?").

On commercial television he presented the show Blind Dinner (Sat.1, 2001), and since 2001 he has presented the humorous Sat.1 review of the year's events, Wer zuletzt lacht ("He who laughs last").

In spring 2004 he played the main role of Father Erdmann in the comedy series Der Heiland auf dem Eiland ("The Saviour on the Island") on RTL Television. The first series of six episodes was very successful. The second series ran from 23 February 2005, this time with eight episodes. Jürgen von der Lippe had already played a Catholic priest in the comedy Nich’ mit Leo  [ de ], in which he also played a brothel manager and a Foreign Legionnaire.

As of 2007, he sometimes appears in the improvisational comedy series Schillerstraße , playing the role of Cordula Stratmann's father. Since 15 July 2006, von der Lippe has also presented the programme Extreme Activity on the commercial station ProSieben.

Career as a singer

In 1976 von der Lippe founded the "Gebrüder Blattschuss", which lasted until 1979. His greatest musical success, however, was Guten Morgen, liebe Sorgen ("Good morning, dear worries"), which made it to first place in the ZDF hit parade in July and August 1987.

Stage programme

Von der Lippe's stage appearances have been sold in large numbers as soundtracks and videos. Typically, he dissects odd quirks and everyday events, expertly poking gentle fun at them, with plenty of self-irony. He makes playful use of amusing borrowed words and synonyms in German.

The main themes are marriage, relationships between men and women and the way people act in certain situations. He often brings in fictitious "autobiographical" stories supposed to be from his youth or childhood, often based on his old "arch enemy" "Udo Lohmeier". Each show generally has a topic running through it. When on tour, von der Lippe also likes to vary the content of his stage shows, integrating current events.

One recurring element over the years has also been von der Lippe's parodies of well-known German stars such as Udo Lindenberg, Peter Maffay and Helge Schneider.

Many of his sketches are literal translations from Bill Cosby (e.g. Rache = revenge) or George Carlin (e.g. interview with Jesus).

During his career, von der Lippe has created many characters who appear and reappear in monologues and songs, often played by von der Lippe himself in costume. These include a naive Catholic priest who reflects on human behaviour (often sexual), a postal worker from the Sauerland, with an appropriate accent, and "Kalle", a Berlin heavy metal fan.


Guten Morgen, liebe Sorgen (1987)
Germany: 3 (05.6.1987) 15 weeks
Austria: 11 (15.9.1987) 18 weeks
Dann ist der Wurm drin (1987)
G: 28
Is was (1989)
G: 65
König Der City (1992)
G: 83


Guten Morgen, liebe Sorgen (1987)
G: 4
Is was? (1989)
G: 62
Der Blumenmann (1995)
G: 78
Männer, Frauen, Vegetarier (1998)
G: 23 (23.1.1998) 15 weeks
So bin ich (2001)
G: 59 (20.4.2001) 3 weeks




Much of this article was translated from the German version of February 2007.

See also

Related Research Articles

Martin Walser German writer

Martin Walser is a German writer.

Maria Furtwängler German actress

Maria Furtwängler-Burda is a German physician and television actress.

Ireen Sheer German singer

Ireen Sheer is a German-British pop singer. She had a top five hit on the German singles chart with "Goodbye Mama" in 1973. She went on to finish fourth at the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 representing Luxembourg, sixth at the Eurovision Song Contest 1978 representing Germany, and 13th for Luxembourg in 1985.

Lena Valaitis Lithuanian-German singer

Lena Valaitis is a Lithuanian–German schlager singer who had her greatest success during the 1970s and 1980s. She finished second at the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest.

Robert Atzorn German television actor

Robert Atzorn is a German television actor. He was born in Bad Polzin, Pomerania, Germany, now Połczyn-Zdrój, West Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland.

Josef Hader Austrian comedian, actor and author

Josef Hader is an Austrian comedian, actor, and writer.

Claudia Jung German singer and politician

Claudia Jung is a German Schlager singer, actress, and politician.

Andrea Elisabeth Maria Jürgens was a German schlager singer. She became famous as a child star in the late 1970s when she had her first hit with "Und dabei liebe ich euch beide" at age 10. She had been active in the music business ever since with more than 60 single releases.

Eckart von Hirschhausen German comedian

Eckart von Hirschhausen is a German physician, comedian and talk show host.

Sido discography discography

The discography of Sido, a rapper from Berlin, Germany.

Tom Astor German singer and composer

Tom Astor is a German singer and composer. He is noted for his extensive country and western recordings. He has worked with Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, John Denver, The Bellamy Brothers, Willie Nelson, Billy Ray Cyrus, George Jones, Wanda Jackson and Charlie McCoy among others.

Olli Dittrich German actor

Olli Dittrich is a German actor, comedian, television personality and musician.

Leonard Carow German actor

Leonard Carow is a German actor. He has appeared in several German television films and series, and in Steven Spielberg's 2011 film, War Horse.

Michael Schanze German singer and television presenter

Michael Schanze is a German television presenter, actor and singer.

Erwin Moser was an Austrian children's and young adult books' author and illustrator. He is best known for his children's book series Manuel & Didi, which he illustrated himself, using a text comics format.

Valerie Niehaus German actress

Valerie Niehaus is a German actress.

Rüdiger Hoffmann German comedian and musician

Rüdiger Hoffmann is a German comedian.

Saskia Vester is a German actress and author.

Von guten Mächten Poem by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1944, made a hymn with several melodies

"Von guten Mächten" is a Christian poem which Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in 1944 when he was in a Gestapo prison because of his resistance to the Nazis. It is his last theological text before he was executed on 9 April 1945. It became a frequently sung hymn, with different melodies, which has appeared in current German hymnals. The incipit is Von guten Mächten treu und still umgeben. The seventh and last stanza, Von guten Mächten wunderbar geborgen, has been used as a refrain in a popular version.

Lutz van der Horst German presenter and writer

Lutz van der Horst is a German actor, television presenter and comedian. He is most known for being an outside political satire reporter on the heute-show.


  1. 1 2 3 "Biografie Jürgen von der Lippe Lebenslauf". was-war-wann.de (in German). Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  2. DPA (24 September 2014). "Von den Altarstufen auf die Showbühne – Viele Promis waren Messdiener". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). Frankfurt. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  3. "Jürgen von der Lippe – Biografie". eventim.de (in German). Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  4. "Interview mit Jürgen von der Lippe – 'Ich bin eben ein erheiternder Agnostiker'". emsdettenervolkszeitung.de (in German). Medienhaus Lensing. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  5. Opitz, Mareike (13 June 2013). "Entertainer Jürgen von der Lippe – 'Ja, ich bin Freizeitklugscheißer'". Focus (in German). Munich. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  6. 1 2 Hauser, Jan (14 August 2009). "Studienabbrecher Jürgen von der Lippe: Germanist im Hawaiihemd". spiegel.de/unispiegel (in German). Der Spiegel . Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  7. Ehrenberg, Markus (4 March 2012). "Gespräch mit Jürgen von der Lippe: 'Raab steckt sie doch alle in die Tasche'". tagesspiegel.de (in German). Der Tagesspiegel . Retrieved 21 November 2014.