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Where Clouseau also really Clouseau was: Cabaretgroep COMMA is fifty years
Beersel Fifty years ago, performed for the first time cabaretgroep COMMA in Alsemberg. The potential of a pop group Clouseau was even noted by a Comma and the cabaretgroep performed in the eighties, thousands of people in Brussels. “But mostly it was a concert for two thousand zatte students that I never go to be forgotten,” says Jan Gryseels, who, together with Jos Vander Meylen looking back on fifty years of COMMA.

All for forty years has COMMA in The Large Key in Alsemberg a local. Every Thursday the members together to rehearse. But also Mortar 2.0 can prepare themselves. The cover band is, itself, an offshoot of COMMA. When the cabaretactiviteiten a bit quiet layers decided the musicians to become the band to build on. Jan Gryseels and Jos Vander Meylen could fifty years ago assumed that Comma today would exist. They are today the last of the original line-up. It was then-city council member Jot Theys that in 1968, a call is made to the Alsembergse young people to unite.

Beursschouwburg

The first members of COMMA (Nonsense Crap Music Mime Entertainment) worked very hard for songs to compose and sketches and conférences to think of and so made his debut on Saturday, april 19, 1969 Comma in the municipal banquet facilities in Alsemberg. “A hundred people have made the past decades part of COMMA”, says Jan. “It was a first time young people from Alsemberg but also from the neighbouring municipalities locks new members. But just as well could have people leave again.” COMMA if already in 1971 for the first time to occur in the Beursschouwburg, and a part of Comma took to even reach the final of the talent show ‘Under the Star’. At the end of 1975 was also the slogan of COMMA written in the tones of ‘Le Métèque’ of Georges Moustaki: "I zèn ‘nen Alsembergeneer.’

It was BRT-producer Luk Safflower that here Clouseau noticed and said that they are one hundred percent for Clouseau to go. The rest is history. We have in september 1988, even a duo-action, organized in the Meent in Alsemberg to our split to honor. Clouseau went final and was great in Flanders and the Netherlands

Jos Vander Meylen, a member of COMMA,

in the Early eighties, is even a first album released. And in 1983 joined the young drummer Bob Savenberg the group. He would later hit with Clouseau. Also band members Karel Theys and Kris Wauters convert the step to a COMMA. “Bob and Kris were in fact individualists,” Jos Vander Meylen. “They had the talent but COMMA they have to learn in a group play. Clouseau was at that time a gelegenheidsgroepje. It was BRT-producer Luk Safflower that here Clouseau noticed and said that they are one hundred percent for Clouseau to go. The rest is history. We have in september 1988, even a duo-action, organized in the Meent in Alsemberg to our split to honor. Clouseau went final and was great in Flanders and the Netherlands. Charles played for one last time the day after the Belgian final for the euro song contest where Clouseau second ended with ‘Anne’ after Ingeborg and Stef Bos.” Comma gave Clouseau in the late eighties, however, still the inspiration for the Gordellied. The group will then ‘Gordelen’, based on a song of COMMA: ‘Busy’.

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