Josef Hader

Josef Hader


When I write a comedy or a screenplay, I am my first audience... I make what I would like to see, and hope other people will like it, too.    


Josef Hader was born on February 14, 1962 in Waldhausen, Austria. After attending grammar school in Melk (Lower Austria) he started studying Germany and History in 1981, but focused on his talent as a comedian. In 1982 he wrote his first cabaret play called FORT GESCHRITTEN. For his second play DER WITZABEITER UND DAS FEUER (1985) he won the Austrian "Salzburger Stier"-Award. He celebrated his breakthrough with the tragicomic play INDIEN, which was filmed by Paul Harather in 1993 with Josef Hader himself in the leading role. He became one of the most successful and most respected comedians in Austria. In the Austrian thriller COME SWEET DEATH (2000) Josef Hader came back to the cinemas in a leading role, for which he also wrote the screenplay. WILD MOUSE (2017) is his directorial debut.

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