The most bizarre character to emerge from the comedy/music scene over the past decade has got to be Heino. That's the name of a real German-born entertainer, best known for his stiff stage presence, dark sunglasses and shock of white-blond hair. It's also Second City vet Marc Hickox's polyester-suited alter ego, who's added a bit of blitzkrieg humour to virtually every comedy room in the city.
Put down your strudel and hike up those lederhosen. Now that Hickox has scored a green card - thanks, in part to his ubiquitous German friend - Heino's decamping for the U.S. But not before he delivers an Auf Wiedersehen show at the Second City this Friday (September 14).
Tell me, Heino, how has YouTube affected your career?
Heino gets more action in ze chat rooms.
What's your favourite Heino YouTube clip?
Ze tekno-80s-remix of Blau Blüht Der Enzian (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq_c7qwToPU ). Mein Gott, vat vas I sinking?
I hear you wear the sunglasses because of something called Graves-Basedow disease. What happens when you take them off?
You know ze scene in Raiders Of Ze Lost Ark ven zey open ze ark? It's like zat.
Are there any other symptoms?
Ja. At night I bump into zings.
What did you think of the Oscar-winning German film The Lives Of Others?
It's no Das Boot, but Martina Gedeck ist sehr schön. Heino would like to "tap" her line.
How do you maintain that amazing hairstyle?
Komb mit an iron fist.
What's on your iPod, Heino?
Kraftwerk, Scorpions und David Hasselhoff - he's der scheiße!
Living in L.A., will you miss Oktoberfest?
Nein. I will r-r-r-r-r-r-roll out ze barrel mit Schwarzenegger!
Has the real Heino - or his people - contacted you?
Vat do you mean? Ich bin der wahr Heino!
What do you feel about this guy named Marc Hickox?
What will Marc miss most about leaving Toronto?