Funny van Dannen was born in 1958 as Franz Josef Hagmanns in Tüddern near Sittard (NL) on the Dutch border. At the age of 16, he started writing songs in his mother tongue, a South Dutch dialect (Limburg), and performing them to the guitar. In 1978 he moved to Berlin to live as a freelance painter. He completed an apprenticeship as a commercial artist and played in several short-lived bands (Dilettant de Luxe, Die Träumenden Knaben). He is the co-founder of the Lassie Singers and from 1987 he performed solo with his self-written stories, songs and poems. In 1991 his first book ‘Spurt ins Glück’ was published, followed by seven more books until 2015 and most recently ‘An der Grenze zur Realität’ was published. In 1995, his first CD ‘Clubsongs’ was released, which established his success as a songwriter. In the following years, songs such as ‘Als Willy Brandt Bundeskanzler war’ (when Willy Brandt was Federal Chancellor), ‘Nana Mouskouri’, ‘Freundinnen’ (girlfriends) or ‘Herzscheisse’ (heart shit) developed into true evergreens and are now known to an audience that extends far beyond from his regular listeners. In addition to his musical record releases and extensive tours, Funny van Dannen is still active as a visual artist. Die Toten Hosen are big fans of the song-making humourist. Thus they write on their website: „Funny van Dannen is a rare multi-talent. The man from the Lower Rhine, who has lived in Berlin for almost 30 years, sings, writes and paints, all at the same time. Additionally he has four children, aged between nine and 24.“ We are looking forward to Funny Van Dannen’s first performance in the Kulturzelt Kassel!