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Wolfgang Krebs: “Hubert Aiwanger poisons the political climate”


Highlights: Wolfgang Krebs: “Hubert Aiwanger poisons the political climate”. “Now I've had enough of hearing and seeing enough of the nonsense, I can't think of anything new anymore!” says Krebs. The BR is dedicating a portrait from the “Life Lines” series to the Kaufbeuren native today at 10 p.m. The 57-year-old is now part of the team for the shows “Quer” and “Asül für alle”

As of: February 12, 2024, 2:03 p.m

By: Rudolf Ogiermann




“This populism leads to a poisoning of the political climate”: Wolfgang Krebs takes Hubert Aiwanger seriously.

On stage he wants to “clearly work out” his criticism of him.

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You laugh heartily at his political parodies.

But Wolfgang Krebs wants to achieve more on stage - at least in the case of Hubert Aiwanger.

The 57-year-old wants to “explain” that the populism of the Bavarian Economics Minister is poisoning the political climate.

A conversation.

Stoiber, Seehofer, Söder – he can do them all.

This talent paved the way for Wolfgang Krebs to the (cabaret) stage.

But without the initiative of a friend who quickly hired him as a Stoiber double for a carnival program on Bavarian Radio (BR) because the original had been canceled, he would probably never have become known to such a large audience.

Since then, things have been going well for the 57-year-old, who came to his current job via detours.

Krebs is now part of the team for the shows “Quer” and “Asül für alle”, has a column in Bayern 1 – and is on stage around 150 evenings a year.

The BR is dedicating a portrait from the “Life Lines”

series to

the Kaufbeuren native today at 10 p.m.

You only found your true calling relatively late - and only because your friend Georg Ried basically “threw you into the deep end”.

Why didn't you dare to do this before?

Wolfgang Krebs:

I had never thought about earning money on stage before because I was very happy in my job at the time.

I had a regular income, a company car – and then I had a family to support.

That's why switching wasn't an option for a long time.

Only when the part-time job went so well that I had to admit that I could no longer fulfill my main job did I decide in favor of cabaret.

At the very end of the film the sentence comes: “It could be over tomorrow!” The fear of that seems to concern you...

Wolfgang Krebs:

Well, I'm self-employed, I'll be 60 in two years, I could have a stroke and no longer be able to speak, I could have a car accident.

With Corona we saw how quickly a completely new situation can arise.

And it can also be that people say: “Now I've had enough of hearing and seeing enough of the nonsense, I can't think of anything new anymore!”


The man with many faces: Krebs as Edmund Stoiber, Markus Söder and Hubert Aiwanger (from left).

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In your interpretation, your characters Stoiber, Seehofer and Söder are ultimately likeable characters, people you like to laugh at heartily.

How is it with Hubert Aiwanger?

Wolfgang Krebs:

Ensuring that people laugh at a politician can also be a weapon.

And that's what I'm using in this case.

You can probably tell by now that I'm no longer a friend of Aiwanger.

My method is satire: If there are two or three tractors in a parking lot, then the Aiwanger feels called upon to give a speech.

Or: We clapped for the nursing staff, let's clap for the farmers!

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That sounds bitter.

Wolfgang Krebs:

Since the Erdinger speech, it has become even clearer to me that it is very important not to do anything nonsense with a figure like Aiwanger, but rather to clearly point out that this populism, as he practices it, leads to a poisoning of the political climate .

There are rumblings in the so-called Bavarian coalition, and many leading CSU politicians don't give Aiwanger any kind credit.

Wolfgang Krebs:

That doesn't surprise me.

It is not the job of an economics minister to stand between the farmers, but rather to go to the discounters and ensure that the farmers receive more for their products.

But you look for him in vain.

He probably just realized that he has been responsible for the energy supply for six years.

Have you ever thought about simply not letting it happen again?

Wolfgang Krebs:

The devil I will do!

There may be viewers who no longer laugh but complain - along the lines of: "What you're doing to him isn't okay!"

Wolfgang Krebs:

It may be that there is less applause at these points in the program.

But I don't depend on the opinions of individual viewers, especially not on social media.

When I go out in public, I have to be aware that not everyone will like what I do.

I know what I want and what I am convinced of.

I also recommend this attitude to the media.

What do you mean by that?

Wolfgang Krebs:

The BR, my BR, was recently blocked in Unterföhring by farmers who wanted to talk to the editor-in-chief (Christian Nitsche, editor). And he got involved and promised more about the worries and needs of the farmers to report.

But we are facing a huge transformation in the economy and also in agriculture in the next few decades.

And this must be taken into account.

You can't give in to a screaming crowd: And if you don't make a report about me, then I'll stick myself in front of the broadcasting building?

That doesn't work!

BR television is showing the portrait with the title “Wolfgang Krebs – Stoiber, Seehofer, Söder and I” this Monday at 10 p.m.

Krebs is currently touring with his program “Bavaria first!”.

On February 28th he plays in the Munich Lustspielhaus, on March 1st at

the Etage in Gröbenzell and on March 2nd at the Stroblbühne in Oberhausen;

Each start at 8 p.m.

Source: merkur

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