Michael Herbig

Michael Herbig (born 29 April 1968 in Munich) is a German comedian, film director, actor, voice actor and author. His nickname "Bully" (in German commonly associated with the VW Bully, rather than the English term) became integral part of his stage name as Michael Bully Herbig as a comedian.

Michael Herbig
Herbig at the Berliner Press presentation of Lissi und der wilde Kaiser, 2007
Born (1968-04-29) 29 April 1968
Munich, Germany
Occupationcomedian, film director, actor, voice actor, and author

Life and work

His career began in 1992 with regular appearances on radio (more than 800), leading to appearances on various television shows. He gained wider fame as writer, actor and director of the comedy show Bullyparade. The show featured him as the host, his good friend Rick Kavanian, Christian Tramitz and Diana Herold as a dancer and occasional actress in the skits. The show featured many different themes, including stereotypical gay archetypes in a Star Trek parody, an homage to westerns, and of the Austrian royal, Elisabeth of Bavaria, known as Sissi. On the show, he let the audience vote which theme to use for each of his movies based upon characters from the show. The first, the 2001 Der Schuh des Manitu (Manitou's Shoe) was seen by over 11.7 million people, one of the most successful German films to date. His second film, (T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1 (2004) was also a commercial success, cementing his career.

On January 7, 2008, Variety reported that Herbig was set to film a live-action adaptation of animated series Vicky the Viking. The film was released in 2009.[1]



1997Easy Bully (TV)Director, Producer, Writer and Starring
1997–2002Bullyparade (TV)Director, Producer, Writer and Starring
1999Die Bademeister – Weiber, saufen, Leben retten (TV)Starring
2000Erkan & StefanDirector
2001Manitou's ShoeDirector, Producer, Writer and Starring
The Emperor's New GrooveGerman voice of Kuzco
2002Knallharte JungsStarring
2004–2007Bully & Rick (TV)Director, Producer, Writer and Starring
2004Boo, Zino & the SnurksVoice of Buu
Traumschiff Surprise - Periode 1Director, Producer, Writer and Starring
2005RobotsGerman voice of Fender
2006Hui Buh – Das SchlossgespenstVoice and model for the CGI main character
2007Lissi and the Wild EmperorWriter, Director and Starring
2008Asterix at the Olympic GamesSupporting
Bully sucht die starken Männer! (TV)Judge in casting show for the movie "Vicky [...]"
Die Geschichte vom Brandner KasparStarring
2009Vicky the VikingDirector and Starring
2010Toy Story 3German voice of Woody
2011Hotel LuxStarring
2013The Incredible Burt WonderstoneSupporting
2016Vier gegen die BankStarring
2017Bullyparade - The MovieDirector, Producer, Writer and Starring
2019Toy Story 4German voice of Woody

See also


  1. Meza, Ed (January 7, 2008). "Herbig to direct 'Vicky the Viking'". Variety. Reed Elsevier. Retrieved January 8, 2008.

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