|Birth name||Stefan Konrad Raab|
|Born||October 20, 1966|
|Genres||Rock music, Pop, Comedy|
|Occupations||entertainer, singer, comedian, music producter|
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Drums|
Stefan Konrad Raab (born on October 20, 1966, in Cologne) is a German entertainer, music producer, singer and comedian. He attended Jesuit boarding school Aloisiuskolleg in Bonn. Before entering the media world, he worked as a butcher and studied law before dropping out of college after five semesters.
Raab began working as a freelance producer and composer of Jingles and Radio commercials in 1990 at his own studio in Cologne.
He wrote the song for the German entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1998, Guildo Horn's "Guildo hat euch lieb!", and in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 he performed himself with the nonsense song "Wadde Hadde Dudde Da?". Other famous songs include "Böörti Böörti Vogts" (a song about Berti Vogts), "Hier kommt die Maus" ("Here comes the mouse" a tribute to the TV show Die Sendung mit der Maus), "Maschendrahtzaun", "Wir kiffen", "Gebt das Hanf frei!" ("Legalise Dope!", featuring Shaggy and samples from German politician Hans-Christian Ströbele), "Hol' mir ma' 'ne Flasche Bier", containing samples from chancellor Gerhard Schröder, "Space Taxi" and other soundtracks from the film Traumschiff Surprise - Periode 1.
Raab cast the German entry for the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest on his show in a competition he called SSDSGPS ("Stefan sucht den Super-Grand-Prix-Star", "Stefan seeks the super Grand-Prix star", satirising the title of the German Idol series Deutschland sucht den Superstar). The winner of this casting, Maximilian Mutzke, came in eighth place.
Bored with the Eurovision Song Contest, Raab came up with the Bundesvision Song Contest in 2005 (Bundesrepublik Deutschland = Federal Republic of Germany). The contest featured representatives from each of the 16 states of Germany (Bundesländer) and stipulated that their song had to be (at least partly) in German. The first contest in 2005 was won by the band Juli from Hessen, followed by Seeed from Berlin in 2006, Oomph! from Lower Saxony in 2007, Subway to Sally from Brandenburg in 2008 and Peter Fox from Berlin in 2009.
Stefan Raab became popular as host of the comedy show Vivasion for the German music TV channel VIVA in 1996.
Since 1999 he has been the host and creator of TV total, which currently airs on ProSieben four times a week. While TV total started as a comedy format mainly showing and commenting on funny and embarrassing sequences from other TV programs, it soon turned into a late night show featuring musical performances, remotely similar to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Raab also occasionally attends the game show Schlag den Raab (translated Beat Raab, remade for British TV as Beat The Star), in which he competes against a contestant in various disciplines. He created several other sports events that are produced yearly, including TV total Turmspringen (high diving) and Autoball EM, Autoball being a version of football played in cars and using an exercise ball to score goals.
In November 2003 he initiated the first "official" World Wok Racing Championships in Winterberg, Germany. While Raab won the title in 2003, he subsequently lost to Olympic luger Georg Hackl in 2004 and 2005, and then Joey Kelly in 2006. Special Guest since 2004 is the Jamaican Bobsled Team, which became famous through the film Cool Runnings.
Raab's other projects include two boxing-matches against Regina Halmich (WIBF's world champion), an ice-skating race against Claudia Pechstein, show jumping and stock car racing. He has lost both boxing-matches but has at least been able to stay in the boxing-ring until the last round. Another activity frequently organised by Raab is the PokerStars.de Night, usually not with real poker stars but general celebrities.
There is little known about Raab's private life, which he keeps hidden from the media at all times. He has a girlfriend who is 8 years younger and two daughters (born 2004 and 2006). He enjoys sailing and American country music.
Stefan Raab has been the subject of many lawsuits throughout his career, some of which have gained public attention. The two most referenced cases are:
with Reise nach Jerusalem - Kudüs'e seyahat
|Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
with Wer Liebe lebt