[[caption-width-right:97:Barebones but hilarious.]]

Karl Valentin (born Valentin Ludwig Fey, 4 June 1882 9 February 1948) was a comedian from [[UsefulNotes/{{Munich}} Munich, Bavaria]]. Born as Valentin Ludwig Fey, he made several {{radio}} plays, four full-length movies and several dozen short films.

Influenced many other artists, among them Creator/BertoltBrecht (who was a friend of him, in fact) and Creator/{{Loriot}}.

And in 1994, the German techno band K2 used some samples from his sketches on their CD "Der Berg ruft".

The official homepage is [[http://karl-valentin.de here]].

* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Liesl Karlstadt, singing "Chinese".
* BizarreInstrument: KarlValentin built one, called "orchestrion", which was made of 20 standard instruments put together.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When he finds that the record he wants to buy (does he?) is too expensive, he suggests taking half of it instead.
* UsefulNotes/{{Dada}}
* DisasterDominoes: Once he wanted to start a film studio and bought five (expensive) spotlights. Then he wanted to move a board on the ground, causing this trope. [[RealityEnsues It wasn't funny at all.]]
* DisorganizedOutlineSpeech:
** "Honorable listeners and ladies! We allow ourselves, on the occasion - out of - un the occasion - of the procession - the entrance -" It goes on for longer.
** Also, this: "Here are a few kreutzer, [[BreakingTheFourthWall there were no pfennigs yet at that time]], and now fetch us two [cups of] coffee - one for me, one for you - one for the two of us - so, all in all, five coffee."
* {{Hypochondria}}: Himself in RealLife. He consulted dozens of doctors and took thousands of doses of medicine.
* InsistentTerminology: "Semmelnknödeln" dumplings are usually made from several rolls, not just one, so the word should reflect the plural.
** Also his name, which is pronounced with an F-sound, not a V-sound.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: The V in Valentin is pronounced like F, not like W.
* LandslideElection: Once when meeting a radical nazi:
--> Nazi: "Did you hear about the results for the latest plebiscite? 98% voted for Hitler!"
--> Valentin: "That's strange, wherever I go, I only meet the two percent."
* ThePrankster: Among other things, he tattooed his classmates with needles, poured turpentine oil in their mouth, electrified doorknobs and put glass shards on a meadow, so he could play first-aider for real.
* StarvingArtist: Literally. When he died, he weighed about 50 kilograms.
* StraightMan: Liesl Karlstadt fulfilled this role in his sketches.
* ThoseWackyNazis: The one or other time he dared to make fun of them. Like in sieg-heiling and acting like he forgot [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler that name]].
* TraumaticHaircut: His mother cut off his quiff when he was asleep. He retaliated in the next night by cutting off her long braid.
* TheUnpronounceable: "Wrdlbrmpfd"