Interviewer Who Can’t Stop Laughing

Status: Fake
image A (foreign language) video clip is going around that shows a talk-show host interviewing a man and a woman. When the man starts speaking, the interviewer cracks up. The more the man speaks, the more the interviewer laughs. It's a funny video, because the guy's laughter is highly contagious. But was this a real interview? No. The clip comes from a Belgian comedy TV series called In De Gloria. Apparently the faux interview is about medical mishaps. The woman is paralyzed because of a surgical error, and the man's voice was altered by a throat operation that went bad.


Posted on Fri Jun 30, 2006


heh I've seen this before. It's funny. Never knew if it was real or not.
Posted by Josh  in  Texas  on  Fri Jun 30, 2006  at  05:56 PM
There's a translation out there for what the presentor is saying - the guy had his testicles removed against his will in a medical mishap. I'm not sure it is fake, but can't be sure.
Posted by Adrian Rice  on  Fri Jun 30, 2006  at  06:09 PM
I've seen this on that VH1 show 'WebJunk20' or whatever it's called...
Posted by nikki  in  ohio  on  Fri Jun 30, 2006  at  08:29 PM
Man, if there's anything funnier than paralysis and medical mishaps, I don't know WHAT it could be.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Sat Jul 01, 2006  at  02:54 AM
It's from "in the Gloria" indeed. The "presenter" is actor Kris Focketyn in his alias "Jos Vermaelen". It's indeed about medical mishaps.
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Sat Jul 01, 2006  at  05:10 AM
Yeah, I've seen it on a rerun once.
Having seen some of their other shows, I think they would be really good hoaxers.
Posted by FrostBird  in  The Old Continent, Chaos Kingdom  on  Sat Jul 01, 2006  at  05:20 AM
hehe im form holland and it is in my language so; his balls were not amputated.. He just had some pain in his troat and the doctor said that he need to had a treatment for his almonds.. And then this was the result..
And the presenter is Erik Hartman, when u see the hole video it's said in the intro.. all in dutch..
And it was real because it was a real new program and there was a plot against it because it was about emotions and that was so new for that time. Most programs were about other things. Mostly the presenter had the ability to talk to the geusts before the live show began. But now he couldnt talk to him because unknown reasons. SO they think it's a plot against his program because he was fired directly after the sow ended..
Posted by bas  in  Netherlands  on  Sat Jul 01, 2006  at  09:25 AM
"Man, if there's anything funnier than paralysis and medical mishaps, I don't know WHAT it could be."

Posted by Big Gary  in  Crawford, Texas  on  Sat Jul 01, 2006  at  10:14 AM
"And it was real because it was a real new program and there was a plot against it because it was about emotions and that was so new for that time."

so what now? some say it's REAL other say it's staged?
Posted by frank  on  Sun Jul 02, 2006  at  03:35 AM
@frank: it is most definitely 100% not real.
Posted by Michel Vuijlsteke  in  Gent, Belgium  on  Sun Jul 02, 2006  at  05:17 PM
Well, you MAY have me there, Big Gary, but it's gotta be WIDESPREAD famine, I'd say, to be REALLY funny. That whole Darfur thing is a real knee-slapper.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Sun Jul 02, 2006  at  06:01 PM

That was a coffee-on-keyboard moment.

Posted by outeast  on  Mon Jul 03, 2006  at  03:32 AM
The guy from holland who says its real doesn't know what he's talking about, it is most certainly from a show called 'In de gloria' which was a parody on reality-tv and human interest items.

It was also a funny as hell show
Posted by Lostparadise  on  Sat Jul 08, 2006  at  06:47 AM
It is nice to smash somme illusions. 'In De Gloria' is not a real talkshow but a comic show. All people are actors.
Posted by Peter Dupont  in  Belgium  on  Thu Aug 03, 2006  at  04:34 AM
this is the funniest thing I heve seen in ages.I keep playing it over and over again,and it doesnt get boring one bit.whenever I feel like a 'poop'I just get on the net a play this.seriously,absolutly fantasticly funny it.xxxxxxxxx
Posted by tatiana hewitt  in  england  on  Sat Oct 28, 2006  at  05:40 PM
I think this is THE funniest thing I have ever seen. If anyone who reads this understands Dutch, could you please translate it for me!!? I am dying to know what they are saying!
Posted by CWatts  in  Toronto  on  Thu Dec 21, 2006  at  09:32 AM
The show is real. I can say this because I happen to be a professional TV producer and also understand the dialoque perfectly well, and there are a number of cues by which one can identify that the show was real and live and not acted. It is near impossible to generate the spontaneity that one sees in the show, and if Erik Hartman was acting, he would be such a brilliant actor that he would be a greater celebrity than Frank Sinatra. Also, much of the dialoque is mumbled and if it was an act, there would have been a retake or two to until everything was clearly audible. The camera angle for many of the views are not exactly ideal, which gives another clue that it was not staged. The anger of Valair (the guy whose tonsils, and not his testicles was damaged) is also very real and very obviously not acted, same with the guy with the gruff voice. Valair would also have been a brilliant actor and in line for the next 007 movie. If especially the closing scene was indeed acted, it would have been a very poor production and would not have been passed by the producer of the show. It is a brilliant piece of humor, at the cost of Marijke, Valair, the unidentified hoarse voice guy and of course Erik Hartman himself. Thanks you guys, for entertaining us in such an unselfish way. I am just very curious to know what the viewing number of this clip is. Anybody with info on this? In my book it is the funniest think I have ever seen and I cant stop watching it.
Posted by Jerry  on  Sat Jan 13, 2007  at  07:46 AM
No, Jerry... You just don't understand non-American comedy. This is a sketch from In De Gloria, a Belgian comedy show. All the people involved are well known comedians in Flemish Belgium (the Dutch-speaking part of the country). Do a search on YouTube/Google/Wikipedia for 'In De Gloria' or 'Tom Van Dyck', you'll see the guy who plays the host in other roles. The high voice dude is Lucas Van Den Eynde, and the woman is Ann Miller = all comedians. I'm Belgian, so it this show, so I think I know our own shows & actors a little bit better than you do, thank you very much.
Posted by Resurgam  in  Belgium  on  Fri Feb 02, 2007  at  04:12 AM
Ok I have spent some time trying to find credible information whether this clip comes from a real TV show or not. So far (after some hours of research), I have read ca. 1.000 postings dealing with the topic in various internet forums, google, altavista, youtube, myspace etc. etc.. What the postings have in common is that they contain absolutely no verifiable information whatsoever if this clip is real or not. Ups! Surely, this is just coincidence wink

Some say, oh this is a sketch coming from a comedy group or show or whatever named "In de Gloria". And they tell us, oh yes, "somewhere" on this In de gloria site - which is belgian as far as I can see and I cannot speak belgian - there are "hints" that they think prove this, they say. Of course, they dont have links or anything else, they just have a direct link to In de Gloria (LOL!). This is a whole new way of dealing with problems, next time if someone asks me about a specific computer problem, I just give him the link to - surely, the answer is somewhere in there. Good that is in english and not belgian.

They also cannot specify the hints more clearly than saying "oh yes there is an actor there that looks like the one in the sketch". Somewhere, in there wink And thanks to the ultrahigh quality of the video (youtube wink) its so easy to clearly identify persons!

Then, there are other postings indicating that the show was real, for example:
If this one is real I don
Posted by Medicineman  on  Sun Feb 04, 2007  at  03:43 PM
Urgh. How silly can you get? Of *course* this is a fictional clip. Do a simple search for "in de gloria" on YouTub and you'll see the same actors in various other sketches they did for the programma.

Search for the actors (Sien Eggers, Frank Focketijn, An Miller, Wim Opbrouck, Lucas van den Eijnde, Tania Van der Sanden and Tom Van Dyck) on Google and you'll find CVs, pictures, etc.
Posted by Michel Vuijlsteke  in  Gent, Belgium  on  Sun Feb 04, 2007  at  04:36 PM
Oh yes, and you can get the DVD here:
Posted by Michel Vuijlsteke  in  Gent, Belgium  on  Sun Feb 04, 2007  at  04:40 PM
"absolutely no verifiable information whatsoever if this clip is real or not"

Alright, Medicineman, you show me proof that the SNL sketch I saw on sunday was not real... And suppose I don't speak English... IOW, imagine how silly it looks to us (Belgians), knowing they're comedians, seeing them on TV regularly, that people keep asking proof. Most of you guys believed the WMDs & terrorist links in Iraq, so I'm sorry if I don't put too much trust in your ability to seperate the bull from the shit wink

And Belgian is not a language, the majority of Belgians speaks Dutch (Flemish), the rest French and a tiny minority speaks German. (interview with Tom Van Dyck about this clip featuring on Jay Leno - IN DUTCH! Not everything in this world is available in English)

I'm sure I could find some proof better suited to your tastes, but I just can't be bothered right now, nor do I see the need anymore.
Posted by Resurgam  in  Belgium  on  Mon Feb 05, 2007  at  12:20 AM
And seriously, you looked for proof but couldn't find any... that says enough, there's plenty of proof that even a 10yr old could find. And not being able to navigate on the Gloria site is doubtful, I navigate and find my way around Italian, Spanish & other language sites all the time without knowing the language. Guess I'm a bit more worldly than you.
Posted by Resurgam  in  Belgium  on  Mon Feb 05, 2007  at  12:34 AM
It is not real, Take a good look at the responses of the public. Especially the guy behind Erik Hartman. When he starts laughing there is no response whatsoever.
And the translation is quite bad. I am Dutch.
Posted by Bram  in  UK  on  Wed Mar 21, 2007  at  07:02 AM
I found a long clip on Youtube with subtitles. I had no idea it was fake!
Posted by Daniel Moses  in  Canada  on  Tue Nov 20, 2007  at  03:10 AM
Michel is right, I ran the search and they come up in other videos.
Posted by Celebrity Foods  on  Fri Feb 29, 2008  at  03:41 PM
Also the version of the video that claims (via English subtitles) that the guy's voice has gone high because he's had his testicles removed is making a common misconception. People associate high male voices with castration because of the "castrato" phenomenon ("Wikipedia" it). But it only works if castration occurs before puberty, so that the boy retains their childlike voice.

Put simply, having your balls cut off won't suddenly make your voice go high!
Posted by Nick  in  UK  on  Wed May 28, 2008  at  05:03 PM
For those who still doubt this is fake: Look at the white haired lady sitting behind Boemerang, one moment she looks like she's trying hard not to laugh either, next moment she has the same disapproving look as the other guests. And a few moments later, she's back to the almost smiling face.
Posted by sam  on  Wed Jun 04, 2008  at  03:46 PM
who cares if this was real or was funny that's all it matters lol
Posted by Z  in  USA  on  Wed Nov 26, 2008  at  02:11 PM
Does anybody know what the name of the production company is that produced the sketch "Dutch TV presenter won't stop laughing"?

Hope somebody can help!

Posted by Amina  in  Canada  on  Wed Dec 03, 2008  at  09:22 AM
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