born in Baden-Württemberg in 1958, Gussmann later moved to the state of Saarland, where he spent years learning to speak without a trace of dialect. There too, he first encountered French. Due to military service, he moved to the Lüneburger Heide. After many exercises in true satire with genuine slapstick moments, he migrated to West Berlin, demilitarized by NATO, where he studied German, Philosophy, Theater and Film. In 1994 he founded the publishing company Vorwerk 8.