Pocher in 2020
|Known for|| Rent a Pocher (2003–2006)|
Schmidt & Pocher (2007–2009)
Die Oliver Pocher Show (2009–2011)
|Children||4 (one daughter and three sons)|
|Parent(s)||Gerhard Pocher (father)|
Jutta Pocher (mother)
Oliver Pocher (born 18 February 1978) is a German comedian, entertainer, television personality and host.
Pocher is the son of Gerhard and Jutta Pocher; he was born and grew up in Hanover, West Germany. His parents are Jehovah's Witnesses and he too was raised as one. In 2007, Pocher stated that, unlike his parents, he had no contact with the organization anymore as he claimed "not to have agreed with their rules".
Reports that Pocher had attended a Waldorf school were denied by his management.Pocher successfully completed his training as an insurance broker at Signal Iduna Bauspar AG.
During the time of his apprenticeship he had some part-time jobs at various radio stations and as a DJ in clubs and during family celebrations. He also appeared in the comedian group Holla-Bolla and as an entertainer at Birte Karalus, a German chat show. After his apprenticeship he worked for the Swiss life insurance " Schweizerische Lebensversicherungs- und Rentenanstalt" (today: SwissLife) and the "HDI Lebensversicherung AG" (HDI life insurance).
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Pocher's first television appearance was on 28 October 1998 at the afternoon chat show of Bärbel Schäfer. Pocher was given five minutes to make the audience laugh.
On 29 September 1999, he presented the show Chart Surfer Trash Top 100, Was geht ab, Planet Viva and finally 2002 his own show Alles Pocher, ... oder was?.
Between January 2003 to 14 April 2006 he presents the show Rent a Pocher on ProSieben.
In 2006 he recorded the single "Schwarz und Weiss", a song dedicated to the 2006 world cup. A music video was made, featuring Oliver as several pressbox speakers, as well as him performing the song in front of fans dressed in Team Germany attire.
From October 2007 to April 2009, Pocher joined established late night host Harald Schmidt's show on the Das Erste television channel, with the show being called Schmidt und Pocher.
In 2008, his third single "Bringt ihn heim" (bring him home) was released. It is a song for the European Football Championship of 2008. The original version is Baschi's number one hit (Switzerland) "Bring en hei" [ citation needed ] He acted as a co-trainer of the European Team during the DEL All Star Game in 2009. [ citation needed ]
Pocher's contract was not renewed after April 2009, so he was hired by Sat.1 instead to present his own late night show, Die Oliver Pocher Show. The show's ratings were always below the station's average and even slipping over the course of the run until it was cancelled in March 2011.
From 2010 to 2014, Pocher was married to Alessandra "Sandy" Meyer-Wölden. He has four children. Since 2017, Pocher is married to Amira Aly. In March 2020, he was tested positive for coronavirus together with his spouse Amira Aly.
Oliver Pocher has been widely criticised for his jokes at the expense of others. After he recommended plastic surgery to a woman of the audience of the Wetten, dass..? ("Wanna Bet..?") episode on 22 January 2005, he was sued for damages of €25,000.Although he apologised to her on the phone and repeated this apology in public during one of his shows, he was not able to solve this conflict out of court. On 11 January Pocher was sentenced by the district court of Hanover to pay a fine of €6,000. The judge in charge called Pocher's statement ("You look quite old for your age”) a "very insulting comment”. The public insulting continued in January 2008 during the TV show "Johannes B. Kerner" when Pocher once again made fun of the same woman's appearance and mocked the verdict. As a result, another suit was filed against the entertainer. The victim's lawyer explained that the woman was insulted and that the topic is repeatedly brought up by people whom she meets during her work. Pocher did not comment on this. Statements such as those made by Pocher could be legal in the future, as the Council of Europe is advising to decriminalise insults.
Pocher caused a scandal in July 2005 during the ZDF (German broadcasting station) – show "Gottschalk & Friends" when he first insulted Mariah Carey and later accidentally spat water onto her.For this action he was harshly criticised by some newspapers and by the broadcast station in charge. Gottschalk himself kept calm and commented on the incident: "Of course I do not want to have jokes at the expense of others during my show and I do not want corpses to be carried away from the battlefield afterwards. If you invite Pocher to your show, however, you should expect a different atmosphere than with, for example, Alfred Biolek."
When Pocher mocked the personal life of singer Sarah Connor and her reality show, Connor sued Pocher. While the exact outcome of the lawsuit is not known, Pocher did apologise to Connor.
In January 2009, during the TV show Schmidt & Pocher, Pocher spoofed the Hitler assassin Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, who is portrayed by Tom Cruise in "Valkyrie". He had to face negative feedback for this and thereafter the broadcasting commission examined this incident.
In February 2014, at the Vienna Ball, Oliver Pocher was interviewed by Mirjam Wechselbraun with Kim Kardashian. He joked that he was only going to dance when 'N****** in Vienna' was played.
|Alles Pocher, … oder was?||VIVA Germany||2002|
|Rent a Pocher||ProSieben||January 2003 – 13 April 2006|
|Trash Top 100||VIVA||2004|
|Bundesvision Song Contest 2005||ProSieben||12 February 2005|
|Pochers WM-Countdown||ProSieben||3 April 2006 – 5 June 2006|
|Pocher zu Gast in Deutschland||ProSieben||12 June 2006 – 6 July 2006|
|Gameshow-Marathon||ProSieben||15 January – 12 March 2007|
|Schmidt & Pocher||Das Erste||25 October 2007 – 16 April 2009|
|Sportfreunde Pocher – Alle gegen die Bayern||Sat.1||27 June 2009 – 25 July 2009|
|Alarm für Cobra 11 (guest appearance)||RTL||3 September 2009|
|5 gegen Jauch||RTL||4 September 2009|
|The Oliver Pocher Show||Sat.1||October 2009 – March 2011|
|Samstag LIVE!||Sky Deutschland||since August 2011|
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