No Effort! Part 2 – My Last Years

It was a magnificent comeback when in the spring of 2013 Andreas Martin Hofmeir once again put a foot – or rather, his backside – on a cabaret stage. He already had a number of awards on his mantle (Bronzener Koggenzieher, Kleines ScharfrichterBeil, Goldene Weißwurscht, etc.), thanks to his days with the music cabaret troop “Star Fours” and the theater group “Die Qualkommission”, but after a few years in the diaspora of classical propriety he was drawn once again to the world of humor. Since then – celebrated by critics and adored by audiences – he has been sharing tragi-comic tales of his experiences as a tuba player and world traveler, presented in his dry, trademark style.

In “Kein Aufwand! Teil 2 – Die letzten Jahre” (“No Effort! Part 2 – My Last Years”), Hofmeir goes one step further: this time, he brings not only “Fanny”, his tuba, but also Franz the trumpet and Frau Griesmeier the trombone. In the distinguished tradition of Gerhard Polt or Karl Valentin, Hofmeir tells odd but true stories from his life: world record attempts in taking breaks or tossing objects into the tuba, a unique duet made up of a porn actress and a tuba, the downfall of an entire legion due to the actions of a pianist drafted into military service, and tales of his time with LaBrassBanda.

A book and audio book documenting the reading were released in February 2016 by btb and Hörverlag.

Official trailer (german only):

What the Critics Say

“An exceptional combination!”

Generalanzeiger Bonn, 3 June 2015

“Andreas Martin Hofmeir nonchalantly reads excepts from his book, and his idiosyncratic take on the world is right on target. The audience loves his dry, tongue-in-cheek delivery, chuckling and laughing out loud.”
Kölner Stadtanzeiger/Bonner Rundschau, 4 June 2015

“These two magicians conjure snappy bossa nova duets from their instruments. A virtuoso tangle of sound like nothing you’ve ever heard. Groovy, delicate, and heavy on the bass. Druggy! And to top it off, Hofmeir is seriously funny – black humor from Bavaria with an atomic dose of irony. A most excellent evening!”
Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten, 18 July 2015

“Absolutely unbelievable, but also unbelievably funny.”
Donaukurier, 18 October 2015

“The audience laughed till their sides hurt.”
Augsburger Allgemeine, 21 October 2015

“Music and cabaret – a formula for success that delights audiences both north and south of the White Sausage Line.”
Braunschweiger Zeitung, 30 August 2016

“Hofmeir is one of those personalities that can completely fill a stage, no matter how big it is. He radiates self-confidence tempered by a healthy sense of self-mockery, without a trace of arrogance.”
Augsburger Allgemeine, 28 November 2016

“People laugh so hard they nearly fall off their chairs even before Hofmeir begins his antics on the tuba. How does he do it?”
Badische Neueste Nachrichten, 18 February 2017