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FREEK DE JONGE

All his life and throughout his career the comedian Freek de Jonge has been driven by one thing: the laughter.

He was born on the 30th of August 1944 in Eenrum in the Netherlands. At the beginning of his carreer Freek de Jonge and Bram Vermeulen formed the duo "Neerlands Hoop in Bange Dagen".
Together they changed the Dutch cabaret for good. The break through came during the "Camaretten" cabaret competition in Delft. Even though only became number 5, the interest from the press and the audience was awoken. In 1980 Freek de Jonge made his first solo show, "De Komiek". If the "Neerlands Hoop in Bange Dagen" was a break in the tradition of cabaret, de Jonge broke the boundaries of the genre with "De Komiek".

Not only in the world of theatre did Freek de Jonge lay the first stone for new forms. He also recognised his talent as a film maker and a writer. First he made 2 films "De Illusionist" and "De Komediant" and then he started writing novels and debuted as a writer in 1987 with "Zaansch Veem".

De Jonge also appeared as a presenter on television, and in the summer of 1997 he attained the first position on the Dutch charts.