Rainer Pries (born 30 April 1938, Hamburg), best known by his stage name Fips Asmussen, is a German comedian and entertainer, known for his rapid delivery of puns and bad jokes.
Fips Asmussen attended an advertising academy, and graduated with a diploma. He is a skilled typesetter.
Since the early 1970s he has worked as a comedian, mostly on stage, sometimes on radio and TV. Many of his performances were released as frequently best-selling sound recordings. He has also published several books.
Fips Asmussen's early comedy was more sophisticated and political. His later comedy performances became known for unfunny, mostly politically incorrect jokes and puns delivered in his trademark rapid-fire stream, often considered to be "so unfunny they're funny again." He is frequently the butt of jokes by other comedians, but has gained a cult following in Germany.
The Hamburg-born comedian lives in Querfurt.
Asmussen's version of "Mein Gott Walter" by Mike Krüger appeared in German single charts. He made parodies of other songs.
Witze am laufenden Band 1 Witze am laufenden Band 2 Eine Mütze voller Witze Au weia! Aber Hallo … Das halt’ ich im Kopf nicht aus! Balla balla In der Haifischbar Schlag auf Schlag Kennen Sie den? Er nun wieder! Von Vegesack bis Titisee Auch das noch! … aus dem Leben gegriffen Spaß muss sein Jetzt geht’s rund Da bleibt kein Auge trocken Gnadenlos witzig Grobe Feinheiten Frei nach Schnauze! Ausgefallene Einfälle Das pralle Leben 2007 - Saustark (Aufzeichnung April 2007)
Oliver Kalkofe and Fips Asmussen maintain a humorous/eristic rivalry.
Asmussen has accused the entertainer and comedian Dieter Hallervorden several times of using various gags without his consent, such as the famous "bottle of French fries" skit ("Palim-Palim"), which Hallervorden bought for his program from the entertainer Heinz Quermann. This controversy was eventually parodied by Harald Schmidt and Oliver Pocher in the show "Schmidt & Pocher".