Capital: € 2.5 million
Age: 61
Born: 02/02/1959
Country of origin: Germany
Source of wealth: Comedian
Last updated: 2022

Short introduction

Hella von Sinnen is a well-known German comedian and television presenter. From 2003 to 2010 she was an integral part of the advice team for the comedy show “Genial beside – the Comedy Arena”. From 1992 to 2015 she was also in a relationship with Cornelia Scheel, the adoptive daughter of the former Federal President Walter Scheel. Hella von Sinnen is known for her special commitment in the fight against discrimination against gays and lesbians and is involved in many projects.

Early life

Hella von Sinnen was born on February 2, 1959 in Gummersbach near Cologne, under the name Hella Kemper. She grew up in the area and did her Abitur in 1977 together with the well-known presenter Jürgen Domian. Both are still friends today. After graduating from school, Hella studied theater, film and television sciences, German and pedagogy in Cologne. However, she broke off her studies prematurely and founded the cabaret group “Stinkmäuse” together with Dirk Bach and Dada Stievemann shortly afterwards. Hella was also a member of an ensemble in the “Theater in der Filmdose” which belonged to the famous film and theater director Walter Bockmayer. The resulting contact with Bockmayer ensured the corresponding connection to the cabaret scene in Cologne. In 1986 Hella played the nurse Rita in the film “A virus knows no morals”. Rosa von Praunheim’s film was the first German film about AIDS.


Hella received the first noteworthy media attention in 1988 through the RTLPlus show “Alles alles oder ?!”. In addition to Hella von Sinnen, the show was also moderated by Hugo Egon Balder. There she caused a sensation with her striking and extravagant costumes, which she changed with every recording. In addition to her distinctive onomatopoeia, the colorful costumes and clothing became Hella von Sinnen’s trademark. The special pieces of clothing were all designed by Cologne art students. Hella achieved particular success with her stage program “I also brake for men” with which she toured Germany for two years. In 1994 she also had a role as a voice actress in the famous Disney film “The Lion King”. There Hella spoke the hyena Shenzi in the German version of the film, in the original version this role was spoken by Whoopie Goldberg. In the German version of the comedy show “Little Brittain”, she took on further dubbing roles with her flat partner Dirk Bach. Hella von Sinnen was also a frequent guest on the ZDF program “Blond am Freitag”. The best-known is, however, in the TV format “Genial next to it – the Comedy Arena”. Alongside Hugo Egon Balder, she was an integral part of the program from 2003 to 2010. It is striking that the two siege and insult each other on the show, although they are very good friends in private life. Hella was once again an integral part of the quiz show “Stadt Land… – Promi Spezial” and moderated the RTL 2 clip show “Klick-Stars” in 2011 and 2012. Hugo Egon Balder moderated a new show in 2015 with the title “The smarter tilts” in which Hella was regularly represented as a regular guest. From 2016 she could be seen again on the RTL channel in the TV format “Die Kirmeskönige” and moderated the show together with Balder. Since March 2017, a new edition of “Genial next to it – the Comedy Arena” has been running, on the Sat-1 channel, in which Hella is again an integral part of the advice team. At the same time, the “Comic Talk” section is moderated on the online mass taste TV portal.

Career highlights

Hella’s work has been recognized with several awards over the course of her long career. Among other things, she received the Bambi in 1990 for her artistic and creative work. Hella achieved the greatest success as an ensemble member on the show “Genial next to it”. There she received the German Comedy Award in 2003, the German Television Award in 2004 and the Romy Award in 2005. In 2016, Hella was also nominated for the Grimme Prize in the Entertainment / Special category for her appearance in “The Smarter Tipping”.

Famous quotes

“Ass out, tits out – again and again amazing that this stitch can still guarantee and secure the success of a woman.”
-Hella out of your mind

“Even lesbians need handbags.”
-Hella out of your mind

Amazing facts

Hella’s mother died in a fire in 1988 on Christmas Eve. Hella lived in the same house, but was due to the divorced parents with her brother in Gummersbach with her father. She wanted to spend her mother’s birthday on December 26 with her mother, which never happened.


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