Quotes / Germanic Depressives

"I was once on a German talk show, and this woman said to me, 'Mr. Williams, why do you think there is not so much comedy in Germany?' And I said, 'Did you ever think you killed all the funny people?'"
Robin Williams, Weapons of Self-Destruction

Q: How many Germans does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: One. Germans are an efficient people with no use for frivolity.

Psychologist: In terms of the mission, do you have any fears?
Vogel: Well, I'm German. We don't feel fear.

     Live-Action TV 
"She is famous for having the worst personality in Germany...and as you can imagine, that's up against some pretty stiff competition."
Blackadder the Third on Caroline of Brunswick

von Gerhardt: Prepare foh ay fate vurs zan deth, Hinglisch flyingk fellow!
Blackadder: Ah, so it's the traditional warm German welcome, then.
Blackadder Goes Forth

"On Ian's team tonight is a German comedian who once did a show about the history of German humour. It was an hour long, with a 58-minute interval."
Jeremy Clarkson, Have I Got News for You

"Emmanuel Macron called Trump "incoherent", and Angela Merkel said that Trump pulling out of the deal was "sobering and depressing." Although, to be fair, she is German, so everything is sobering and depressing to her."

"Who sayz zer Germans hef no sense von humour?"
"Just about eferybody, I zink."
Two German soldiers, The Goon Show

"We turn now to Henning Wehn. Henning is one of a number of German comedians - that number being "one"."
David Mitchell, The Unbelievable Truth (series 8, episode 2)


Nicky:'' "Schadenfreude", huh? What's that, some kind of Nazi word?
Gary: Yep. It's German for "Happiness at the misfortune of others!
Nicky: Happiness at the misfortune of others'... That is German!

     Western Animation 
"We Germans aren't all smiles und sunshine."
Horst, The Simpsons, "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk"