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Hella von Sinnen (2006)

Hella von Sinnen (born February 2, 1959 in Gummersbach as Hella Kemper ) is a German television presenter , voice actress and comedian .


Hella von Sinnen (2012)

Hella Kemper (artist name von Sinnen) graduated from high school together with Jürgen Domian in 1977 , the two are still friends. She then studied theater, film and television studies , German language and literature and education in Cologne , but did not graduate. In 1979 she founded the cabaret group "Stinkmäuse" with Dada Stievermann and Dirk Bach . Her discoverer is the film and theater director Walter Bockmayer , in whose theater in the film can she was a member of the ensemble. In 1986 she played the nurse Rita in Rosa von Praunheim's film A Virus Knows No Morals , the first German film about AIDS .

She became known in 1988 through the RTLplus show Alles keine oder ?! , which she moderated together with Hugo Egon Balder . She stood out with every recording with a new and extravagant costume, which became her trademark at the time, as did her onomatopoeia "Tschacka-Tschacka", which lasted for a while. The costumes were designed and tailored by art students from Cologne. Her stage program I brake for men , with which she toured Germany's cabaret stages for two years, was also successful . In 1994 she played the part of the hyena Shenzi in the German version of the successful cartoon The Lion King , originally voiced by Whoopi Goldberg . Together with Dirk Bach, with whom she had lived in a shared apartment and was close friends, she dubbed some characters in Little Britain .

Hella von Sinnen was also a regular guest on Ralph Morgenstern's show Blond am Freitag on ZDF . From 2003 to 2010 she and Bernhard Hoëcker were part of the permanent advice team for the program Genial beseben - Die Comedy Arena by and with Hugo Egon Balder on Sat.1 . In 2005 she and others received the Golden Romy for the best program idea for this program. Although she and Balder see each other on the show and occasionally insult each other, the two are good friends. From 2011 to 2012 she hosted the clip show Klick-Stars on RTL 2 . In addition, von Sinnen was part of the permanent advice team for the RTL 2 show Stadt, Land ... - Promi Spezial in 2012 . In 2015 she was a regular guest on Hugo Egon Balder's new TV show Der Klügere Kippere nach Tele 5. The comeback to RTL came in 2016 with the TV show Die Kirmeskönige , which was hosted by Balder. With her own company Komikzentrum, Hella von Sinnen develops ideas for television.

In February 2017 von Sinnen was on the theater stage and played in Flaschko . Since March 2017, von Sinnen has been part of the advice team for the new edition of Genial beside it - The Comedy Arena on Sat.1. Since April 2017 she has been moderating the ComicTalk on the paid online portal Massengeschmack-TV .

Private life and socio-political activities

For a long time, Hella von Sinnen was the partner of Cornelia Scheel , the daughter of Mildred Scheel and the adopted daughter of the former Federal President Walter Scheel . In 1992 they both took part in the “ Aktion Standesamt ” organized by the Lesbian and Gay Association in Germany (LSVD) , of which they are also members. From this engagement came the song Ja, ich will , produced together with the German band Rosenstolz , in whose video von Sinnen and Scheel contributed. Hella von Sinnen is significantly involved in the fight against discrimination against gays and lesbians and is involved in many projects, but stated in an interview in March 2017 that she was not politically active. She and Cornelia Scheel announced their separation in November 2015.

In 1990 the Federal Center for Health Education produced a commercial on the subject of Don't give AIDS a chance . Hella von Sinnen played a cashier in the supermarket and Ingolf Lück played an intimidated customer who tried to buy condoms inconspicuously . When it is the customer's turn, the saleswoman calls in a loud, piercing voice through the entire store: "Rita, what are the condoms cost?" The spot had to be resynchronized to “Tina, what do the condoms cost?” In order to avoid a possible reference to the former Minister of Health Rita Süssmuth .


  • 1990: Bambi
  • 2006: German Comedy Award (Best Comedian)
  • 2007: glasses wearer of the year
  • 2009: Rosa Courage Prize
  • 2009: Golden City Medal of the City of Gummersbach
  • 2009: Cologne lesbian and gay trophy
  • 2011: German Comedy Prize (Honorary Prize)
  • 2014: Bremen Comedy Award (Honorary Award)
  • 2018: Carnival medal "Goldener Spatz" of the carnival society "Die Leinespatzen - Stadtgarde Hannover"
  • 2019: Recklinghausen Ehren-Hurz
as a member of the ensemble of Genial besides
  • 2003: German Comedy Award (Best Comedy Show)
  • 2004: German Television Award (Best Entertainment Show)
  • 2004: Radio Regenbogen Award (Comedy)
  • 2005: Romy (best program idea)
  • 2006: German Comedy Award (Best Comedy Show)
  • 2016: Grimme Prize in the “Entertainment / Special” category as a member of the ensemble for Der Klügere topples


Moderator / participant in a show


Voice actress


  • 1999: Yes, I want - Rosenstolz with Hella out of her senses
  • 2004: The Waiting Loop - The Beez feat. Hella out of her mind


  • 1994: It's me, out of my mind
  • 1998: Beyond Shame. Minutes and comments (with Jürgen Domian )
  • 2002: The Darwin Awards for the Weirdest Ways to Die (Audiobook)
  • 2003: Little polar bear where are you going? (Audio book)
  • 2003: Little polar bear will be back soon (audio book)
  • 2003: The Begging Princess (audio book)
  • 2004: When I woke up, I was Federal Chancellor (audio book)
  • 2004: The Princess and the Pea (audio book)
  • 2005: The Discovery of Laziness (Audiobook)
  • 2006: The little polar bear saves the reindeer (audio book)
  • 2007: Matilda (audio book)
  • 2009: Love, lust and passion - The ducks out of their senses
  • 2010: Help Hummel! (Audio book)
  • 2010: Naked showers are strictly prohibited (audio book)
  • 2010: No alcohol for fish under 16 (audio book)
  • 2011: Fat booty of madness: On the trail of quirks and quirks (with Cornelia Scheel)

Web links

Commons : Hella von Sinnen  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Personalities of Gay Interest. January 16, 2004, accessed February 23, 2012 .
  2. Jürgen Domian, Hella von Sinnen: Beyond the shame. Minutes and comments . Cologne 1998, ISBN 978-3-8025-1379-4 , p. 5 f .
  3. MUNZINGER people: Hella von Sinnen. Retrieved February 5, 2014 .
  4. Katrin Jäger: Hella von Sinnen: Ulknudel or Feminist Funt? (PDF) (No longer available online.) Lecture at "St. Spiritus", Sociocultural Center in Greifswald, October 27, 1998, October 27, 1998, archived from the original on November 1, 2013 ; accessed on February 23, 2012 (talk).
  5. report-k.de editor: "Flaschko": Hella slowed down by SENSEN's theater comeback / Stage / Culture / / report-k.de - Cologne's Internet newspaper. Retrieved May 12, 2017 .
  6. Hella von Sinnen: Why she's doing Internet television now | Murmann magazine . In: Murmann Magazin . March 22, 2017 ( murmann-magazin.de [accessed November 7, 2017]).
  7. von Sinnen makes "Literary Quartet for Comics". In: DWDL.de . Retrieved April 4, 2017 .
  8. Hella von Sinnen: Why she's doing Internet television now | Murmann magazine . In: Murmann Magazin . March 22, 2017 ( murmann-magazin.de [accessed November 7, 2017]).
  9. Hella von Sinnen: Separation after 25 years. In: kurier.at. November 11, 2015, accessed December 22, 2017 .
  10. Ulrike Filgers: Rita, what do the condoms cost? State Center for Civic Education North Rhine-Westphalia , 1990, accessed on February 23, 2012 .
  11. Gay in May 2009. (No longer available online.) Gayinmay.de, 2009, archived from the original on March 17, 2013 ; Retrieved February 23, 2012 .
  12. Zunft Kölsch presents the OA annual review 'Local': April to June. Oberberg Aktuell, December 23, 2009, accessed on February 23, 2012 .
  13. CSD Cologne distinguishes Hella von Sinnen. Queer.de , July 1, 2009, accessed on February 23, 2012 .
  14. Leinespatzen honor Hella von Sinnen with five medals. Retrieved July 17, 2019 .
  15. THE RECKLINGHÄUSER HURZ - the weird comedy prize! Retrieved April 6, 2019 .