German television comedy

Under Comedy is understood in the German-speaking entertaining cabaret programs and certain types of entertainment programs on television and radio.

Define and develop

Comedy has evolved from the small art form of "stand- up comedy " and is related to the cabaret. But in contrast to this, it is usually not political. In the stand -up comedy conflicts are typical theme in their own environment.

Although "Comedy " Comedy is the English word for the terms in the German language are not synonyms. While comedy is the classic comedy, comedy is a modern term for a variety of formats ( see below). Frequently the term is understood to refer to unilaterally Television productions, however, an independent comedy culture is now also in German speaking countries emerged with numerous stage programs and comedy clubs with further growing trend.

Trigger for this trend were, among others, the new comedy on television formats, such as RTL Samstag Nacht modeled after the long -standing successful U.S. show Saturday Night Live. Popular comedy was in the 1990s, especially as the private television station began to broadcast excerpts from full-length stage programs that were based on these U.S. models.

Recent prominent examples are the light emitted by ProSieben broadcast Nonsense Comedy Club, which is recorded in the Friedrichstadt Palace in Berlin or the former WDR series NightWash, now broadcast by Eins Festival.

Content or stylistically related precursor of today's conventional genres such as comedy include Heinz Erhardt ( 1950er/1960er years), Gisela Schlüter Snack, Loriot ( 1960er/1970er years), Insterburg & Co., Otto Waalkes, odds and ends, Dieter Hallervorden's nonstop nonsense ( 1970s), Grumpy Old Men, Rudi's Day show, Sketchup ( 1980 years). In the GDR, these primarily Herricht & Preil and Helga Hahnemann.

The term comedy is varied related to many forms, which the humorous character is merely common. Generally, one can distinguish between:

  • Stand- up comedy (mostly solo stage shows )
  • Comedy Magic (one of the divisions of magic at the German Championships or the World Championships )
  • Mixed - shows ( several comedians appear briefly in succession. On television, for example NightWash or Nonsense Comedy Club )
  • Sitcoms ( Married with Children, How I Met Your Mother, Seinfeld )
  • Sketch shows ( for example, Mensch Markus, The Dreisten Three )
  • Panel shows (7 days, 7 heads, Genial next - The Comedy Arena)
  • Radio comedy (series or current, unique sketches )
  • Trick Comedy ( The Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy )
  • Improv Comedy ( Schiller street, free snout XXL, Curb Your Enthusiasm! )
  • City Tours Comedy ( comedy shows during a bus tour (eg Comedy Tour Cologne) through the city or humorous tour )

Artists such as Dieter Noor and Josef Hader - sometimes even Urban Priol - are difficult to attribute to one or the other genre, and occur both on cabaret festivals as well as in the nonsense comedy club.

Major Festivals and Awards

  • International Cologne Comedy Festival
  • German Comedy Award
  • Juste pour rire
  • Comedy Slam