Kees van Kooten
(1941, The Hague) is a satirist and writer. Since 1998 Van Kooten has dedicated himself fulltime to writing and stopped with his television programmes. He made his debut in 1968 with Treitertrends (Baiting trends), short satirical pieces. In the 1980s followed by the successful anthologies Modernismen (Modern mishaps; 1984) and Meer modernismen (More modern mishaps; 1986). His latest book Tijdloos ouderwets (Agelessly old-fashioned; 2009) contains nine longer nostalgic atmospheric descriptions about the past, about the scarcity of pornographic material to an afternoon of midget golf with the family. The book can be seen as a sequel to Tijdelijk nieuw (Temporarily new) from 2003, a collection of columns in which he vents his anger about fleeting modern trends. In Mijn Plezierbrevier (My pleasure breviary; 2005) he collected his favourite humoristic American and English short stories, translated and with commentaries. In 2004 Van Kooten received the Gouden Ganzenveer (Golden Quill) because of his importance for the written word. For many years he formed a successful duo with Wim de Bie, both in the theatre and on radio and television. In 2010 Zo wordt u gelukkig. Kees van Kooten en de poëzie van Billy Collins (How to get Happy, Kees van Kooten and the poetry of Billy Collins), was published a convincing plea for a laurelled poet in the US, who is relatively unknown here.(nov 2010)
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Poetry makes you happy! Allow yourself to be inspired tonight and get carries along by poets and performers Kees van Kooten, Rodaan Al Galidi (Iraq) and Marjolijn Heemstra, who get happy from poetry and want to share that happiness with others. Kees van Kooten brings the poetry of Billy Collins. Rodaan Al Galidi and Marjolijn van Heemstra read their own work. Host: rhymewriter and musician Peer de Graaf (singing & percussion) with his trio Lang & Gelukkig! (With Henk Koekkoek (ukelele & sax) and Piet Maas (double bass). In Dutch.
In the media we often get to see angry muslims from the Arab world. You would almost think that they have nothing to laugh about and that we in the West have a bigger sense of humour. A programme hosted by Raoul Heertje on subjects and taboos concerning humour in the Arab and western worlds. Provocative cabaret artist André Manuel opens the debate with a column. Other participants are imam Abdulwahid van Bommel, Egyptian writer Ra'oef Moes'ad Basta, who lives in the Netherlands, and Kees van Kooten. With live jokes from the East and the West. In Dutch.
Actors/writers Kees van Kooten and Herman Koch discuss old and new clichees on the Dutch, together with our concience from Flanders, writer Geert van Istendael. Moderated by writer Ed van Eeden.