Enough of Laughter? The Unbridled Expansion of Dutch Cabaret
For subscribers

Enough of Laughter? The Unbridled Expansion of Dutch Cabaret

(Jos Nijhof) The Low Countries - 2003, № 11, pp. 140-150

This is an article from our print archives. Please be patient as we have to scan it

Freek de Jonge and Youp van 't Hek are perhaps the only two who could compete with each other for the prize of the top cabaret artist in the Netherlands, but both are now in the autumn of their careers. ‘Le grand cabaret', the art of such deceased gentlemen as Toon Hermans, Wim Kan and Wim Sonneveld, no longer dominates the Dutch entertainment world. Cabaret has now become ‘democratised' as a genre: political uncorrectness, stand-up comedy, televison, radio and even the Internet are all part of it. Thus the notion of cabaret has broadened and now includes general entertainment for which the audience does not even have to leave home. It has become a game without boundaries in which – fortunately – also more and more artists with a non-Dutch background are taking part. With extracts by Freek de Jonge, Youp van ‘t Hek, Wim de Bie and Hans Teeuwen & Ronald Smeenk

Continue reading?

The article you want to access is behind a paywall. You can purchase this article or subscribe to access all the low countries articles.




Sign in

Register or sign in to read or purchase an article.


You are visiting this website through a public account.
This allows you to read all articles, but not buy any products.

Important to know

When you subscribe, you give permission for an automatic re-subscription. You can stop this at any time by contacting