This weekend Fimme Bakker won the jury prize of the 37th Groningen Student Cabaret Festival in the Stadsschouwburg Groningen. The personality prize went to Warre Verlinden.
During his performance ‘All or Nothing’, Fimme Bakker took the audience and the jury to his turbulent past as an addict. According to jury members comedian Johan Goossens, journalist Rinske Wels and programmer Luuk Adema, Fimme was clever with jokes about drugs, has an enormous dose of self-mockery and a good singing voice. “Here is a man who has experienced something and knows how to transform his misery into fascinating and sometimes painful theater,” according to the jury report.
“It is a great honor to join the list of, among others, Theo Maassen and Jochem Myjer, who also received this prize previously,” says Fimme Bakker. “It is an important springboard and milestone for my career. From here I have more opportunities to enjoy playing and make it my profession.”
In 2022, Fimme graduated as a comedian from the Koningstheateracademie with his performance ‘Duurloop’, which was directed by Minou Bosua and Martijn Bouwman.
After two failed attempts at university, Fimme discovered that school was not for him. In 2016 he became a driver and later tour manager for comedian Javier Guzman, who was busy with his New Year’s Eve conference for RTL at the time. “During this period I fell in love with the profession,” says Fimme. “I talked about it with Javier, started performing and signed up for the King’s Theater Academy.”
Fimme is currently touring the country with try-outs of the full-length performance ‘Ben je Bezopen’. Together with his father Bram Bakker, a former psychiatrist, he examines the theme of ‘addiction’.