“Humor is always self-defense” 

(Vienna, 29.11.2023) Comedian Aida Loos in a nutshell: She told us what humor means to her, what part of her job she values most and why she supports St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute in our “Reaching for the Stars” interview!

Under the motto of our 35th anniversary “Reaching for the stars”, we interviewed exciting, renowned personalities who have already successfully reached for the stars in their careers. This time, comedian and actress Aida Loos welcomed us into her private living room. In a skillfully entertaining and witty atmosphere, she told us why supporting St. Anna CCRI is a matter close to her heart! 

The full interview will be published in our 35th anniversary commemorative publication. You can already read an excerpt here.

This is what I was passionate about as a child—and I still enjoy it today: I was such a wild and angry child and I was passionate about anything I found to be unfair or worthy of my attention. Even today, much of my comedy is based on things that make me angry. I still have this wild and angry child inside of me today. 

What humor is to me: Self­defense. Humor is supposed to be a way to handle impenetrable anger with indifference. At the root of good humor is always something tragic, something morbid. There are of course other ways to channel anger, but the best way to do it is with humor. 

One thing I would like to change in the world: If I had lots of money, I would buy all the weapons in the world and throw them in the trash. 

What I like best about my job: When the show has come to an end, the feeling after is just the best. When I get home, sit in the garden and daydream about the evening. 

How you can get me angry: Racism and sexism.

What superpower I would like to have: To be able to read 

This is why I support the St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute: For personal reasons. Because my gratitude is not momentary. It will be here for a long time. Because your work is incredibly important. Because it really affects the smallest of human beings. 

What would you like to say to the St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute on its 35th anniversary? Don’t stop. What you do every day, what moves you forward, makes a huge difference to the lives of so many families. Not just the lives of the children, but also the lives of the parents, the brothers and sisters. You save families from the worst.