When Emil fled to New York: “I hardly dared to go out on the street”

Emil Steinberger did not always enjoy success with his character "Emil". At some point, the pressure had become immense, "everyone wanted something from me. At some point, I hardly dared to go out on the street again. »

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Emil Steinberger did not always enjoy success with his character “Emil”. At some point, the pressure had become immense, “everyone wanted something from me. At some point, I hardly dared to go out on the street again. »

At that time – it was the end of the 1980s – the press had written a lot about him, “often wrong,” as 85-year-old Lucerne revealed to the magazine “Wandern.ch” . “I had a lot of trouble.”

“I just had to go,” recalls the cabaret artist about his step into the anonymity of a big city. In 1993 he moved to New York, planned a one-year stay. “Without expectations, without a plan, I just wanted to be able to enjoy my own culture, visit museums and musicals.”

He had a huge need to catch up. One year became known six, as long as Emil remained in New York. There he also married his second wife Niccel.

In the time in the big city he discovered the city hiking. He had walked through the streets for hours, “I never got tired because I was always surprised by something new.”

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