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Hersch is a musician and comedian who performs on every major comedy
stage in Britain and abroad... He has appeared eight times at the Edinburgh
Fringe Festival; toured Canada five times;
A trained classical pianist, Rainer began life as an agent to some of the world's great orchestras - his last official job title was Touring Manager of the London Festival Orchestra. However, unknown to his employers, he had also started appearing as a stand-up comedian on the London comedy circuit. He eventually devoted himself full-time to comedy in 1992.
As a straight stand-up, Rainer Hersch's innovative style crosses between verbal and hilarious visual comedy ["Most of what Rainer Hersch does doesn't bear explaining. But it will make you laugh" Orlando Sentinel].
his role on stage, Rainer's energy is immediately passed on to his audience
in 1996 Rainer combined stand-up comedy with his continued fanaticism
for classical music to produce "All Classical Music Explained"
- a simple and stupid approach to the difficult subjects "How to
play instruments without practising"; "Why is organ music
so boring?" and "What do conductors actually do?"...
The result was an immediate hit with all kinds of audiences. In a 55
date tour across three continents, the show attracted rave reviews "Rainer
Hersch is a rarity amongst musical comedians -
sequel to All Classical Music Explained: "Masterclass" built
on the success and most recently a
All Classical Music Explained theme has now been turned into two radio
series for the BBC. In the most recent of these "Rainer Hersch's
20th Century Retrospective" Rainer recorded the last ever interview
Amongst numerous other radio credits Rainer Hersch is a frequent and popular guest on the classic Radio 4 programme "Loose Ends" with Ned Sherrin. On television he is familiar to audiences in the UK for his guest appearances on programmes such as "How Do They Do That?" and most recently his five week stint as team captain on the daily television show "The Entertainment Game" for BBC1.
forthcoming projects include a solo TV series in the UK; a tour of Australia
and Tasmania with the