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Dark Mode #82 – Dark Off – Semi Finals!

March 30 10:15 pm 11:59 pm CET

Is it dark or not? You get to decide. A bunch of comics try to outdo themselves in horribleness. You vote for the darkest comic!

After a two year plus hiatus including a pandemic, team changes, and more – Europe’s premiere dark comedy show in English is BACK.


Dark Off Semi Finals!
Brace yourselves for the ultimate showdown in dark comedy, as Dark Mode presents the Dark Off Semi-Finals! From the depths of over 30 contenders, 10 dark humor virtuosos have emerged, ready to battle it out for a spot in the grand finale. But they’re not just fighting for glory; they’re here to prove they can out-dark the darkest.

These semi-finalists are the crème de la crème of dark comedy, having survived the grueling heats where only the boldest, most twisted humor could stand out. Now, they face their toughest challenge yet. With only two spots in each semi-final leading to the finals, the stakes are as high as the laughs are deep.

And there’s a twist in the tale — the finalists will have to go head-to-head with none other than the reigning champion of darkness, Abi Mohanty. Abi’s not just defending a title; they’re the benchmark of bleak, the yardstick of yikes, the measure of morose that every challenger aims to outdo.

So, what’s it going to be? A night where the shadows of comedy envelop you, laughter echoes through the darkness, and the lines of decency are not just crossed but obliterated. Prepare for a spectacle where the humor is so dark, you’ll need a flashlight to find your way back to sanity.

Remember, your votes are the beacon that guides these comedic ships through the night. Who will have the honor of challenging Abi Mohanty in the final battle of wit and woe? Only the darkest, most daring humor will prevail.

The Dark Off Semi-Finals: Where comedy is no laughing matter… except, it’s exactly that, but darker, deeper, and definitely more deranged. Join us for an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness — where the only thing more terrifying than the jokes is the thought of missing out on this epic battle of the bleak.



Nikolai Binner – @nikolaibinner – Nikolai Binner was born & grew up in a small town in Hesse. Born from an inner turmoil, an irrepressible urge for freedom & truth matured in him, which led him on an almost fanatical search. He lived and studied with ayahuasca shamans in the Amazon rainforest and delved deep into spiritual practices, always in search of the truth and the perfect penis joke.

Sofia May – @sofiamaycomedy – Sofia May was raised in NYC on a strict diet of REN and Stimpy and bad boundaries. She likes to tell dark jokes about cutesy things and cutesy jokes about dark things.

Araz Slangue – @enlightenedjoint – commonly described by his contemporaries as “who dafuq is that guy” and “omg, no.”, araz has been steadily conquering the berlin comedy scene one bomb at a time. thinks self-deprecating jokes is the way to go because he’s seen the last battle in the movie 8 mile and “it was awesome!”.

Sugumar Chandrasekaran – @comedy_soo_goo – Sugumar is a Berlin based comedian who started doing stand-up as an alternative to going to therapy. His jokes are a wild mix of dark, silly and downright absurd.

Prateek Jajoo – did not bother giving us a bio – so – you’ll have to guess 🙂

YOUR HOST: NIR GOTTLEID (@thenireast):

Nir Gottleid (@thenireast on instagram) is an Israeli comic who has performed in the throughout Europe, the US, and Israel. He has come to Germany to, as he says, “make Germans feel uncomfortable as a form of reparations”; he would prefer to date Germans to achieve his goal, but sadly German women have intelligence, common sense, and eyes — therefore he’s forced to do comedy instead. His combination of dark humor, self-deprecation, and obscene “dad jokes” will leave him in stitches, because you are very likely to stab him after his set.

“has a command of the traditional pace, rhythms and tightly written gags of stand-up that assure you that you’re in capable hand”, “a flair for gags that make you wince and laugh in equal measure”, “a self loathing stoner” – Chortle, UK

You can see some of his work here:

Instagram (www.instagram.com/thenireast)

YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/@thenireast)


TikTok (https://www.tiktok.com/@thenireast)

you can also find the rest of the links here: linktr.ee/nirgottleid

Nir has been touring Europe, and has produced multiple successful shows such as “The Berlin Offensive”, “Schindler’s Fist”, and more. He is widely regarded as the darkest comedian in the English comedy scene in Germany and more than meets that expectation by awkwardly talking to audiences about things he most definitely shouldn’t be talking about.

His first solo show, “The Revenge of the Jew-Di” is a 60 to 90 minute exploration of holocaust puns, the life of an Israeli expat in Germany, dating in modern day Berlin, and more. It is currently on tour in Germany and Europe and you can get tickets and see show times here!

Nir is touring with his second solo show as well, “Middle Rage“, and talks about the fun sides of depression, anxiety, cats, hate crimes dating as a single old man, and the bitterness rage and feeling of acceptance that can only come with a life exhaustively lived.


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