One celebrates the 70th anniversary of Urbanus, with a five-part series full of interviews and old footage. The feestvarken saw that it was good and had little to add.
“I played a stupid student that the audience and the jury is still stupider weighed than himself.’ It was one of the few things that Urbanus shared with us in the first episode. He responded to …
“I played a stupid student that the audience and the jury is still stupider weighed than himself.’ It was one of the few things that Urbanus shared with us in the first episode. He responded to the images of the set in 1974 he broke on to the comedy festival, of Heist.
That contest, no winner had (the jury found the level lta) was not said. But that does not detract from the understanding that Urban provided in the secret of his success. By himself stupider than he is, in all its ‘apparent innocence’ (Adriaan Van den Hoof, as all the witnesses ‘fan of the first hour’) charmeerde he, from the beginning, not only adults, but also children. No other artist has in the years 70 and 80, at that early age in our collective memory, nestled, plates, strips and performances, and is thus almost automatically become an icon. The recitation of Urbanusplaten was, not coincidentally, a recurring reminder in many testimonies.
Comedians, Van den Hoof and Alex Agnew gave their kinderidool in 2006 applaud in the half-hearted sketchshow In de ban van Urbanus. Also when we saw the comical films pass at the end of years 70 after The news were broadcast, and so an audience of millions reached. ‘The toverfontein’ (‘We are the men who’), ‘Cruel accident’, ‘Urbane fishes’ are classics from the Flemish humorarchief. A moment timeless, appeared in the carefully chosen livefragmenten, again by the seemingly so simple, childlike humor. Although that ‘tekenfilmfiguur’ (Van den Hoof), a small satyr is. ‘He may be the grossest things to tell and just get away with it,’ pruilde Agnew with played envy. ‘Urbanus brings innocence into something not so innocent.’ It was the comedians who, from their own knowledge and experience the most interesting things said in this first part.
Also, the inevitable Jean Blaute (‘best friend and producer), Jan De Smet, Goedele Liekens, Ben Crabbé, Michaël Pas, Sandy Blanckaert might for various reasons say why they are Urbane as well to be found, but something surprising resulted.
Urbanus itself yielded scanty comment in the deluge of interviews and old footage. Hopefully we will see him in the next episodes yet further out of his shell crawl.
Urbanus 70. This month every Tuesday at 21.30 hours on One.