Chatting Up Cher Nobyl

A power-dressing career woman and social commentator

Words By Marc Yates
Photos By Viktor Richardsson

Cher Nobyl’s magnetic beauty and strident attitude made her the perfect host of the post-nuclear chat show Wednesdays with Cher Nobyl that she brought to the Berlin stage. Now she’s poised to become Berlin’s newest and best-dressed agony aunt, drawing in crowds with her intimate style of humour. Here we give her a light grilling for the sake of entertainment.

When was the last time you had a fistfight? Last night actually. Me and Helena Bonham Carter were fistfighting in Fight Club. She obviously won and then I woke up.

When was the last time you were scared? New Year’s, from all of the damn fireworks.

When was the last time you broke the law? I break the law very often, that is, the law of attraction. For example, I engage in a discussion with positive feelings and end up with a negative outcome. Something gets lost in the middle and I don’t know exactly what.

If you could choose your last words, what would they be? “Traditions will remain.” It’s already a famous Cher Nobyl quote.


When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? I wouldn’t. Tears would destroy my make up.

When was the last time you spoke German? Right now, oh wait this interview is in English.

What was the last drag show you attended as an audience member? Get Fucked with Olympia Bukkakis at Café Engels.

When was the last time you went to the west of Berlin? Last week I went for a currywurst with Ruslana Maidanova.

Who was the last person you told you loved? You. I love you LOLA. Great interview.


When was the last time you told someone off on the U-Bahn? I don’t have time for that. I’m too busy watching out for controllers.

When was the last time a German person shouted at you? German people don’t shout at me, they whisper.

When was the last time you stayed up past sunrise? 26th April 1986.

What was the last great place you visited? Hasenheide Park, the gay cruising area. I ended up there by mistake, imagine.

Where did you buy your last costume from? Buy? What am I, rich?

When was the last time you were heckled on stage? It happens quite often, but I am not necessarily against it. “Let them talk,” is also among my famous quotes. Of course the aggression I do not encourage.

Who was the last person to ask you on a date? I don’t date. I am engaged to my career.


What was the last great piece of advice you gave to someone? “Treat the others as you expect to be treated.” This and: “Stop the anger.”

When was the last time you stole something? I guess now, stealing a smile once you read this.

What was the last thing you dreamed? That fistfight with Helena Bonham Carter. Oh and Hillary Clinton was selling expensive wigs to a cheering crowd.

What was the last pair of shoes you bought? Spain, summer 2015. Leopard print heels.

When was the last time you said ‘I love you’? Can’t believe you forgot already.

When was the last time you were asked a difficult question? Well, let me think about this…

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