History Main / GermanHumour

2nd Oct '17 11:45:54 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Johann Nepomuk Nestroy and Ferdinand Raimund, the two giants of Viennese stage comedy in the early 19th century (at the time Vienna belonged to the German Federation). One of Nestroy's plays, ''Einen Jux will er sich machen'' was adapted into English by ThorntonWilder as ''The Merchant of Yonkers'' and ''The Matchmaker'' (later turned into the musical ''HelloDolly'') and by Creator/TomStoppard as ''On the Razzle''.

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* Johann Nepomuk Nestroy and Ferdinand Raimund, the two giants of Viennese stage comedy in the early 19th century (at the time Vienna belonged to the German Federation). One of Nestroy's plays, ''Einen Jux will er sich machen'' was adapted into English by ThorntonWilder as ''The Merchant of Yonkers'' and ''The Matchmaker'' (later turned into the musical ''HelloDolly'') ''Theatre/HelloDolly'') and by Creator/TomStoppard as ''On the Razzle''.
1st Jul '17 3:26:36 PM nombretomado
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* UsefulNotes/EastGermany jokes, for example (From TheOtherWiki):

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* UsefulNotes/EastGermany jokes, for example (From TheOtherWiki):Wiki/TheOtherWiki):
17th Jun '17 12:43:44 PM StFan
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** How can you use a banana as a compass? Place a banana on TheBerlinWall. East is where a bite has been taken out of it.
*** Yeah, bananas were scarce. Another one: A young West German boy taunts an East German boy by shouting over the wall: "Hey! We have bananas!" East German boy: "So? We have socialism." West German boy: "So? We'll have that too, soon." East German boy, triumphant: "See, then you won't have any bananas anymore either!"

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** How can you use a banana as a compass? Place a banana on TheBerlinWall. the UsefulNotes/BerlinWall. East is where a bite has been taken out of it.
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it. Yeah, bananas were scarce. scarce.
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Another one: A young West German boy taunts an East German boy by shouting over the wall: "Hey! We have bananas!" East German boy: "So? We have socialism." West German boy: "So? We'll have that too, soon." East German boy, triumphant: "See, then you won't have any bananas anymore either!"



*** After the BerlinWall fell, many ex-Stasi agents became taxi drivers. Hence, "Just tell the cab driver your name, he already knows your address".

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*** After the BerlinWall UsefulNotes/BerlinWall fell, many ex-Stasi agents became taxi drivers. Hence, "Just tell the cab driver your name, he already knows your address".



** "Before the BerlinWall, we were on the edge of disaster[[labelnote:lit.]]at the edge of the abyss.[[/labelnote]]. Today, we have taken a huge step forward."

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** "Before the BerlinWall, UsefulNotes/BerlinWall, we were on the edge of disaster[[labelnote:lit.]]at the edge of the abyss.[[/labelnote]]. Today, we have taken a huge step forward."
11th Jun '17 1:43:54 PM nombretomado
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* Henning Wehn, a German comedian based in the UK (self-styled as the "German Comedy Ambassador in London"), most known for his appearances on shows such as ''Radio/TheNewsQuiz'', ''Radio/TheNowShow'' and ''Radio/TheUnbelievableTruth''. His act is typically based upon English stereotypes of the Germans. Henning also has been known to turn the tables on England though, including referencing England's performance in the [[FIFAWorldCup 2010 Soccer World Cup]] "Nobody mention the World Cup! I mentioned it once, but [[Series/FawltyTowers I think I got away with it!]]"

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* Henning Wehn, a German comedian based in the UK (self-styled as the "German Comedy Ambassador in London"), most known for his appearances on shows such as ''Radio/TheNewsQuiz'', ''Radio/TheNowShow'' and ''Radio/TheUnbelievableTruth''. His act is typically based upon English stereotypes of the Germans. Henning also has been known to turn the tables on England though, including referencing England's performance in the [[FIFAWorldCup [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup 2010 Soccer World Cup]] "Nobody mention the World Cup! I mentioned it once, but [[Series/FawltyTowers I think I got away with it!]]"
30th Apr '17 8:46:05 AM karstovich2
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** The teacher asks: "Fritzchen, why are you always speaking of our Soviet brothers? It's 'Soviet friends'." Fritz responds: "Well, you can pick your friends."

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** The teacher asks: "Fritzchen, why are you always speaking of our Soviet brothers? It's 'Soviet friends'." Fritz responds: "Well, [[FriendsAreChosenFamilyArent you can pick your friends.friends]]."
29th Dec '16 10:38:47 AM nombretomado
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** When [[DavidLetterman Letterman]] mentions "That guy from Germany, who does my show", he's referring to Schmidt, who created such an exact duplicate that not only the sets, but even the hosts look the same.

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** When [[DavidLetterman [[Creator/DavidLetterman Letterman]] mentions "That guy from Germany, who does my show", he's referring to Schmidt, who created such an exact duplicate that not only the sets, but even the hosts look the same.
9th Nov '16 2:10:15 PM jeez
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* Another great source of humour is about the perceived shortcomings of Germany's educational system:
** A government inspector pays a Gymnasium (high school) German class a visit. The topic of the day is the famous play ''The Broken Jug'' by Heinrich von Kleist.
*** The inspector asks one of the kids, "Young man, what can you tell me about von Kleist's ''Broken Jug''?". The kid starts panicking, "It wasn't me! I swear, this time it wasn't me!".
*** Confused, the inspector turns to the class teacher, "Does your pupil really know nothing about von Kleist's ''Broken Jug''?". The teacher shrugs, "If Fritzl says it's not his fault, then I believe him - he's a very careful boy."
*** Having heard enough, the inspector storms into the Rektor's (principal's) office and confronts him, "Can you explain to me why neither your students ''nor'' your language teachers know the first thing about von Kleist's ''Broken Jug''?". The Rektor just coughs, embarrassed, before furtively slipping him a 50 Euro bill. "I... uh... wish to apologise in the name of the staff, and sincerely hope that this will be enough to cover Mr von Kleist's damages."
*** Broken, the inspector gets into his car and returns to the Ministry of Education and Research in Berlin to give the minister his report. He tells her the whole story, and when he is finished, the minister just leans forward with a knowing smile, "Do you want to know what I think?" The inspector nods. "I think... that the teacher did it."
10th Oct '16 8:21:48 AM LentilSandEater
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* Jokes like [[http://www.ruthe.de/frontend/index.php?pic=12&sort=datum&order=DESC this]]. It should be understandable even though it is not translated.
** There ''is'' nothing to translate. "Splortsch" is not even a real German word. It's something like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onomatopoeia onomatopoeia]].

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* Jokes like [[http://www.ruthe.de/frontend/index.php?pic=12&sort=datum&order=DESC this]]. It should be understandable even though it ("Splortsch" is not translated.
** There ''is'' nothing to translate. "Splortsch" is not even a real German word. It's something like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onomatopoeia onomatopoeia]].
just onomatopoeia.)
3rd Oct '16 5:35:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* Henning Wehn, a German comedian based in the UK (self-styled as the "German Comedy Ambassador in London"), most known for his appearances on shows such as ''TheNewsQuiz'', ''TheNowShow'' and ''Radio/TheUnbelievableTruth''. His act is typically based upon English stereotypes of the Germans. Henning also has been known to turn the tables on England though, including referencing England's performance in the [[FIFAWorldCup 2010 Soccer World Cup]] "Nobody mention the World Cup! I mentioned it once, but [[Series/FawltyTowers I think I got away with it!]]"

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* Henning Wehn, a German comedian based in the UK (self-styled as the "German Comedy Ambassador in London"), most known for his appearances on shows such as ''TheNewsQuiz'', ''TheNowShow'' ''Radio/TheNewsQuiz'', ''Radio/TheNowShow'' and ''Radio/TheUnbelievableTruth''. His act is typically based upon English stereotypes of the Germans. Henning also has been known to turn the tables on England though, including referencing England's performance in the [[FIFAWorldCup 2010 Soccer World Cup]] "Nobody mention the World Cup! I mentioned it once, but [[Series/FawltyTowers I think I got away with it!]]"
21st Jul '16 5:29:33 PM LobsterMagnusNovus
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* While he ''is'' quite famous in his native England as well, Mr. Bean is '''still''' shown on German TV every once in a while. Yeah, we don't get it either

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* While he ''is'' quite famous in his native England as well, [[Series/MrBean Mr. Bean Bean]] is '''still''' shown on German TV every once in a while. Yeah, we don't get it either
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