|Intro||Swiss slam poet and cabaret artist|
|Is||Poet Slam poet Entertainer Cabaret artist|
|From||Switzerland United States of America|
|Birth||9 December 1993, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA|
|Residence||Cologne, Cologne Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany|
Hazel Brugger (Allison Hazel Brugger; born 9 December 1993) is a Swiss-American Slam Poet, stand-up comedian, cabaret artist, television presenter and author.
Life and career
Hazel Brugger's father is the Swiss neuropsychologist Peter Brugger; her mother is an English teacher who is originally from Cologne. Since she was born in the United States, Hazel does not only have the Swiss, but also American citizenship. She was raised in Dielsdorf near Zurich and has two older brothers. After having graduated in Bürlach, she started studying philosophy and literature at the university of Zurich, but she eventually gave up her studies. When she was 17, she started her poetry slam career in Winterthur.
Between 2014 and 2017, Brugger used to write a fortnightly column for Das Magazin, a Swiss daily newspaper. From 2013 to 2014, she worked as a columnist for "Hochparterre" and the TagesWoche. In 2015, she was the moderator of the live-talk "Hazel Brugger Show and Tell" in the Theater Neumarkt in Zurich which took place every two months.
On 9 October 2013, she won the Swiss champions’ title of the fourth Poetry Slam Championships. In November 2015, she started her first cabaret programme "Hazel Brugger passiert". Since February 2019, she is on tour in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with her second solo programme "Tropical".
Since 2016 she has been a correspondent on the German political satire show heute-show on ZDF. On 26 April she had her first guest appearance in another ZDF satire-show called "Die Anstalt" - the insane asylum. In 2017 she won the Salzburger Stier, a prize for cabaret artists. She was the youngest person to ever win this award.
In 2019 Hazel Brugger started the production of a YouTube-series which she hosts with co-producer and author Thomas Spitzer (author). The show is called Deutschland Was Geht, which translates to What's up, Germany?. In the show Hazel and Thomas explore interesting and at times bizarre places together with various German comedians. In 2020 the show will be continued under the title What's up, Europe?.
Hazel Brugger has been living in Cologne since 2016.
- Die Anstalt: 26 April 2016, 4 April 2017 and 22 May 2018
- Neo Magazin Royale: 1 September 2016
- Dittsche: 13 May 2016.
- Late Night Berlin: 2 December
- Ich bin so hübsch (I'm so pretty). Kein & Aber, Zürich 2016, ISBN 978-3-0369-5936-8.
- Hazel Brugger passiert* : live im Café Kairo Bern. Audio-CD, Der gesunde Menschenversand, Luzern 2016, ISBN 978-3-03853-029-9.
- 2013: «Swiss Master» of Poetry-Slam
- 2015: «Young Journalist of the Year» by the magazine Schweizer Journalist
- 2016: «Swiss Columnist of the Year» voted by a survey conducted by Schweizer Journalist among 1400 journalists.
- 2017: German prize for cabaret by the city of Mainz
- 2017: Salzburger Stier
- 2017: Bavarian cabaret prize for emerging artist
- 2017: Swiss Comedy Award
- 2017: German Comedy Award for emerging artist