is a landmark German radio and TV show, hosted by Jürgen Domian (born on 21. December 1957) on German public radio station EinsLive.
The concept of the show is simple: people call to whatever theme they like (except when they have a set topic, usually on wednesdays) and talk with host Jürgen Domian, who looks directly into the camera and is only equipped with a simple console and a headset. Before the callers have the chance to talk with Domian they are pre-selected by
an experienced team of journalists to avoid fake callers
. Despite the careful preparation, sometimes a fake caller comes through, much to the anger of his audience
. Domian actually rather pities those individuals for being morally immature
Despite or because of its late-night
airing slot from 1am to 2am, it has earned consistently exceptional ratings and is notable for its wide thematic range, covering social issues, bizarre fetishes and personal fates. It's considered the late-night flagship of public broadcasting, and has gradually improved its reputation since it went on air in 1995
Domian has a highly devoted fanbase and the shows success is largely credited to its host's charisma and interviewing skills as well great empathic abilities. He recognizes his limitations, and since he is no trained psychologist, he always has an experienced psychologist in his team. As a minor celebrity, he enjoys huge respect among his peers in the media business, both for his success and humble humanism.
Jürgen Domian and his show contains examples of:
- Actual Pacifist: He refused to serve the Bundeswehr and went for German civil service because of that.
- Affectionate Parody: "Domian-Bingo" (modified towards the lawer-friendly ''dbingo''), made by fans and originated on the German Imageboard Krautchan with laconic entries such as "cancer", "caller starts crying" or "mental disorder" or "caller wants to greet" instead of numbers.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The choice of topics for theme nights. Ranging from Female Rapists or Dark and Troubled Past to something as mundane as cars or incidents with insects. The Jaywalking theme nights fit the Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking trope as well, see Cerebus Rollercoaster.
- Audience Participation
- Awesome McCoolname: Jürgen Domian. Say that a few times.
- Badass Baritone
- Bald of Awesome: His distinctive receding hairline and short haircut invoke this.
- Berserk Button: Domian is calm and reserved most of the time, but whenever a caller displays aggressive intolerance...
- Bi the Way: Jürgen Domian is openly bisexual and also an LGBT activist.
- Bishōnen: When he was younger he could have easily been a model for a shoujo anime.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Occassionally callers who already called Domian complain that he doesn't remember them.
- Catchphrase: "So, liebe Leute!"
- Cerebus Rollercoaster: Boy howdy, this is the show's most defining trait. It can switch from bizarre fetishes to Tear Jerkers and amusing anecdotes within 10 minutes or less.
- Cultured Badass: Domian has diverse knowledge in academia.
- Cool Old Guy: Being born in 1957, he is slowly evolving towards this. Also Older Than He Looks.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Actually Domian himself. He suffered from bulimia and serious mental troubles after he discovered his bisexual orientation and broke away from faith after feeling out-argued by essays of Arthur Schopenhauer.
- Darker and Edgier: When it was relocated to a night-time airing slot.
- Deadpan Snarker: Believe it or not, but he can get incredibly snarky at times, especially when arguing with homophobes.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The early show had music playing in between and the topics were less controversial because it was aired during daytime.
- Even the Guys Want Him: It's common on a weekly base that a straight male caller comments on his sex appeal.
- Faith Heel Turn: Was a flaming fundamentalist when young. He is now an atheist and humanist.
- Fetish: The show broke a good amount of taboos. The most notable one was objectophilia and Domian is still proud of being the first one to deal with that topic in public German broadcasting.
- The Fundamentalist: Domian when he was young, going so far to distribute passionate flyers and publically insult churchgoers for being hypocrits right before or during a service.
- Follow the Leader: It should be noted that this was completely averted since almost 20 years. The explaination would be that the show is so dominant in its time slot and its host so iconic that no format could be established to seriously concurr with him. Domian himself pointed out that his (utterly successful) kind of late-night talk show ironically would be impossible in commercial German radio due to Executive Meddling and advertising interrupting the mood.
- Domian itself was modeled after Long Runner Was wollen Sie wissen? which aired from 1952 to 2000. Domian has a far bigger thematic range due to the later time-slot, and with it came the notorious Cerebus Rollercoaster. In a sense, Domian is the Darker and Edgier version of Was wollen Sie wissen?.
- Germanic Efficiency: Lampshaded by Domian when he said they are an unusually small team for a show as popular as theirs.
- He does the make-up and camera work by himself.
- The Hermit: During Domian's summer break, Jürgen often travels to Sweden to live in a wooden log as a recluse.
- Iconic Item: The legendary white moose, which has become a symbol for the show. As of 2014 the lampshading by Domian is taken Up to Eleven and the moose stands on a large plastic stand.
- Large Ham: Subverted. Unlike most radio hosts, he talks in a distinctive soft baritone.
- Last Name Basis: Most people refer to Jürgen Domian by that way.
- Malaproper: For some reason some callers mispronounce his name as Dominan. Usually lampshaded by Domian.
- Minimalist Cast: Host Jürgen Domian, subverted as he has a skilled team of journalists and psychologists to back him up.
- Nice Guy: Jürgen Domian possibly is one of the most recognized Nice Guys in German TV history. Combined this persona with his Cultured Badass appeal.
- Odd Friendship: With the two popular Camp Gay Cloudcuckoolanders Hella Von Sinnen and the late Dirk Bach.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Domian loves to filibuster people if he thinks their behavior is unethical.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: During Domian's "18 years of broadcasting" anniversary, Hella Von Sinnen gave the show a surprise visit. She's just as Red Oni as a Large Ham Camp Gay Cloudcuckoolander Genki Girl can possibly get, to the reserved Blue Oni of Cultured Badass Jürgen Domian. Their choice of clothing mirrored that, with Hella's flamboyant red shirt and Domian's neat dark blue Badass Suit.
- Rousing Speech: He loves giving these to callers with suicidal tendencies.
- Rule of Cool: The intro, showing Domian driving a cab. There is absolutely no relation to the show itself.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His choice of shirts. Lampshaded once by Domian, he pointed out he puts great effort in choosing nice shirts for the show, deconstructed as he never wears them in his private life.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Highly idealistic. Domian constantly emphathizes that there "always is a way".
- There Are No Therapists: Averted, there always is a therapist backing him up for severe cases.
- Truth in Television: The whole point of the show is to be authentic.
- Watershed: The slot is from 1am to 2am as the firmly established flagship of late-night entertainment.
- Your Normal Is Our Taboo: Deconstructed by Domian, who consistently questions the concept of "norm".