Creator: Karl Valentin
Karl Valentin (1882-1948) was a comedian from Munich. 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 Bertolt Brecht (who was a friend of him, in fact) and 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 here.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Liesl Karlstadt, singing "Chinese".
- Bizarre Instrument: Karl Valentin built one, called "orchestrion", which was made of 20 standard instruments put together.
- Comically Missing the Point: When he finds that the record he wants to buy (does he?) is too expensive, he suggests taking half of it instead.
- Creator Breakdown: Both he and Liesl Karlstadt went through this, more than once, when his projects weren't successful with the public, leading to their bankruptcy.
- Disaster Dominoes: 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. It wasn't funny at all.
- Disorganized Outline Speech:
- "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, 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 Real Life. He consulted dozens of doctors and took thousands of doses of medicine.
- Insistent Terminology: "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.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: The V in Valentin is pronounced like F, not like W.
- Landslide Election: 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."
- The Prankster: 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.
- Starving Artist: Literally. When he died, he weighed about 50 kilograms.
- Straight Man: Liesl Karlstadt fulfilled this role in his sketches.
- Those Wacky Nazis: The one or other time he dared to make fun of them. Like in sieg-heiling and acting like he forgot that name.
- Traumatic Haircut: His mother cut off his quiff when he was asleep. He retaliated in the next night by cutting off her long braid.
- True Art Is Incomprehensible: He made a number of couplets, mentioning that he'd make them "like the painters nowadays paint and the poets make poetry".
- The Unpronounceable: "Wrdlbrmpfd"