Rainer Hersch

Rainer Hersch

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Rainer Hersch is a musician and comedian who performs on every major comedy stage in Britain and abroad... He has appeared eight times at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; toured Canada five times; performed in comedy clubs all across Europe and in TV shows around the world.

Translating Opera (1)

A trained classical pianist, Rainer began life as an agent to some of the world's great orchestras - his last official job title was Touring Manager of the London Festival Orchestra. However, unknown to his employers, he had also started appearing as a stand-up comedian on the London comedy circuit. He eventually devoted himself full-time to comedy in 1992.

Corporate Events

Rainer Hersch is an ideal entertainer for corporate dinners, awards ceremonies and conferences.  His act is sophisticated, novel, appeals across nationalities, clean, funny and can be tailored to match your brief.  At corporate events he performs either:

  • On his own as a stand-up comedian.
  • With his comedy orchestra, which can range from 8 musicians to a full symphony orchestra.

 Rainer Solo

Rainer is a highly successful stand-up comedian who has often closed the show at the famous Comedy Store in London.   He applies all this experience and material to full effect for your event. On stage he uses a keyboard, microphone and, if available, PowerPoint facilities to produce a set which is both funny and clever.  The music he plays is immediately recognizable.  Highlights include when Rainer illustrates how classical composers stole their best ideas from adverts on the television and shows the audience what they are really singing in opera.  A typical set is 15 - 30 minutes.

Rainer with Orchestra (up to 90 mins)

This act is unique in corporate entertainment.  Rainer Hersch appears on stage with an classical orchestra (minimum 8) corrupting the great works of classical music with hilarious results.  

The pieces they play are recognised by everyone, whether or not they know anything about music, from The William Tell Overture to Land of Hope and Glory.   A popular highlight is when Rainer uses members of the audience to participate in a conducting competition.  Rainer can either work with his own musicians or rehearse and perform with local professionals.  A typical set is 30-45 minutes. 

Opera Translated (2)!

For an additional fee, the orchestra can play light dinner music before or after the comedy performance.

Being Victor Borge

In "Being Victor Borge", acclaimed British comedian Rainer Hersch, anointed in countless reviews as Borge's comic heir, ruminates hilariously, and lovingly, on Borge's extraordinary life and talent, and the influence that Borge has had on his own comic career. In so doing he recreates many of Borge's most famous routines, including such unforgettable favourites as Phonetic Punctation, Inflationary Language and some of the Great Dane's best-loved piano shtick.

As a straight stand-up, Rainer Hersch's innovative style crosses between verbal and hilarious visual comedy


His many clients have included:

  • Audi
  • Auto Express
  • AXA
  • British Council of Shopping Centres
  • Canon Europe
  • Emap Automotive
  • Ergon
  • Haymarket Publishing
  • QinetiQ
  • RAC
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • SJ Berwin
  • Skoda
  • Syntegra
  • Unilever
  • Vodaphone
  • Volkswagen


Please note when booking a Comedian through Classique...

Audience: At least 90% of the audience to be seated

Stage: A raised area is required. The performance will not take place 'in the round'

Other: Please note Comedians only very rarely, if ever, perform at weddings (sorry), their main performances are TV, on tour and at corporate events after dinner.

Virtual: Some comedians are now able to offer either a live or pre-recorded set for clients.

Rainer has performed at awards ceremonies, dinners, receptions in locations ranging from the Tower of London to the Villa Rothschild, Monte Carlo.  These are some of the comments he has received:

"Rainer, thank you so, so much for last night.  You and the team went down an absolute storm.  You have been the talk of the town today".
Sarah Brooker, Event Manager, Incisive Media PLC. (Monte Carlo)

"Your performance with orchestra was the highlight of the evening".
Marcia E Griffiths, Events Executive, AXA (London January)

"Congratulations on a truly excellent contribution to the conference which fitted our Russian/German theme perfectly".
Charlotte Kirk, Unilever (Leeds)

"Thank you, Rainer, we all really enjoyed the show at the Hilton Hotel"
Bryony Stentiford, Event and Incentive Coordinator, Canon Business Solutions (Brussels)

Not since Victor Borge has a musician- comic raised the roof with such continuous laughter" South Africa.

"A guaranteed laugh every four bars" The Scotsman

"Rainer Hersch is possibly the best compère I have ever seen": TNT

"Most of what Rainer Hersch does doesn't bear explaining. But it will make you laugh" Orlando Sentinel

"Rainer Hersch is a rarity amongst musical comedians - he is funny" The London Daily Telegraph

"A stroke of comic genius" Canada


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Classique has been working with International Artistes from around the world for over 20 years, whether they are ‘A’ list celebrities, Chart Toppers, performers from TV talent shows or Celebrity DJs. Along with our in-house production team, we pull together all the details – dealing with flights, transfers, accommodation and riders for all the major artists and their teams.

As the UK’s No 1 booker of celebrity artists we deal with everything for you and work constantly with management companies throughout the world, where we have built up great relationships and have the latest information about who is available and who would work best for your event.

Please contact us for any ideas for your event and we will work with you, always understanding time constraints and budgets.

Unfortunately we are unable to request autographs or personal Meet & Greets (unless part of a Classique event and pre-arranged) and we suggest contacting the artist's own websites or fan sites. Apologies, we are also not able to ask for Video calls / personal birthday requests / free / gratis / charity / reduced fee performances from any of the artists – again please contact your chosen artist through their own websites.
We are however very happy to pass on your thanks to any artist that has appeared at your event arranged and organised by Classique.

The majority of prices will be plus vat at the current UK rate of 20%.