Marco Brüser - Pilot Comedy

A magician who can really fly …

Charlotte Ebert
25.10.2019
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5 minutes

Marco Brüser is an all-round talent. The North German is not only a helicopter pilot, but also a magician, stand-up comedian and moderator. Even as a child, Marco just loved to perform magic tricks. After a few years he was able to combine his first passion with his second: flying.

Today he is either touring through Germany with his jokes – or he is flying in earnest. We talked to him about how to reconcile the two rather unmatched jobs.

Interview with comedian, magician and pilot Marco Brüser

What came first – comedy or flying? How has your current professional situation developed?

When I was six years old, there was a box of magic tricks under the Christmas tree and fate took its course! I have my roots in magic. I have been enthusiastic about flying from an early age, but after finishing my civilian service, my discontinued studies in media science and a few years as a professional pilot and flight instructor, my artistic streak ultimately prevailed.

In the past, comedy, magic and flying ran parallel – but it was getting more and more difficult to fit everything in timewise.

What do you answer when someone asks you what profession you’re in?

That depends on the asker. So the right answer is naturally “I am an artist, comedian, magician and helicopter pilot! But when a pretty flight attendant asks, I may vary with the answer: Uh, I’m a neurosurgeon with a considerable fortune and a holiday domicile in Portugal … or something of that ilk 😉

What makes your heart beat for the comedy business?

I think it’s deeply rooted in my personality and that humour is the key to everything. Life is no fun without comedy and laughter!

What fascinates you most of all about flying?

On the one hand, I’m glad that flying actually exists! Then, of course, the technology, the operation of the aircraft in the cockpit and the travelling itself. Even as a child, I was always fascinated by the pilots taking off and wanted to get into the cockpit myself. Even seeing the names of faraway countries on departure boards makes my heart leap with curiosity!

How do you manage your professional activities? So how often do you fly and how much time do you spend on comedy and magic?

What are the challenges and opportunities for you stemming from this unusual mix?

On the one hand the stand-up pilot comedy is my artistic unique selling point, and on the other hand I have the opportunity to perfectly combine my two passions. That’s what it’s all about to me, because the currency I’m counting in is fun! There is more social acceptance on the comedy stage for the topic of the cockpit than for comedy in the cockpit.

As a stand-up comedian you make jokes on stage, in the cockpit you have a serious responsibility. How do you manage to combine that and also be taken seriously as a pilot?

That scenario is not quite accurate. I also have a serious responsibility on stage, because here too I have to take off, go into “cruising flight” and finally to land a good punchline. Often, the reaction must be situational and without any checklists or SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures). In this respect, it may even be more difficult than in the cockpit.

When I fly, I just access another area of expertise. That’s not so difficult, we humans are multi-talented. Oh, and if I will get taken seriously … I seriously hope so?!

Why did you become a helicopter pilot? Why not transport cargo or passengers?

Helicopters just appealed to me a tad more than airplanes. So the decision was soon made!

What flights do you make as a helicopter pilot?

The services range from passenger flights, flight training and check flights to ambulance transport.

Your programme also includes some scheduled flights. How did you acquire that knowledge?

Being a helicopter pilot is similar to being a motorcyclist. The driver first learns everything about cars, and is then given an additional exam paper on a motorcycle.

The helicopter pilot first has to deal with the theory of flight, and in the course of time necessarily gains a very clear picture of the work of an airline pilot. Furthermore, I was often a passenger myself, sat on the jump seat in the aircraft cockpit and I’m also a self-proclaimed German champion on the Microsoft flight simulator!

What was your most weird experience as a pilot?

Do you mean weird in the sense of funny? Then I would definitely say this one here:

What is your favourite aircraft?

Always the ones that land again safely!

Where in the world do you like to drink your favourite drink?

At home in the garden or – no matter where – at sunset.

What can you always laugh about?

Smart jokes, black humour and Donald Trump!

What makes you wonder most when you are in the pilot’s role?

If you could change anything about the flying business – what would that be?

The aviation industry will run into a massive image problem in the years to come if there is no change in the emissions and environmental pollution. As impossible as that may sound, flying must become cleaner, preferably CO2-neutral … but don’t ask me how, I can’t do magic 😉

What can impress you?

I like people who are authentic, who are passionate about something. When they start talking, it fascinates me. No matter whether it’s about flying, comedy or something quite different!

What is stand-up comedy for you …?

… if done well, one of the supreme disciplines in show business! Armed with just a microphone, standing in front of a large crowd of people you have to entertain, that’s definitely not easy!

What inspires you in the humour scene?

These are and were people like Harald Schmidt, Michael Mittermeier, Eckard von Hirschhausen, Atze Schröder, David Copperfield, Louis C.K.,

Thank you for the interview!

To finish up, a few highlights from Marco’s show at the Quatsch Comedy Club in Berlin:

You want more entertainment? How about a podcast?

by Charlotte Ebert

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