LHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 50 Posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3223 times:
In my experience, Germans do have a sense of humor, but it's different than in English-speaking countries. Wordplay and puns don't go over well in Deutschland. The humor seems to be more pie-in-the-face physical comedy.
Germans, can you describe the Teutonic sense of humor?
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Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8522 posts, RR: 46 Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3180 times:
Vot? Vee heff noh vort plehs? Satt's not truh!
The problem is no one else understands a play on German words, they're simply not translatable. One might also argue we like comical situations better than purpose-made comedy. Things that have to do with current events catch on as well, as evidenced by TV entertainers like Harald Schmidt.
All in all, we do laugh - for many different reasons, many of which few other people(s) understand.
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In the 70s and 80s, that was indeed the case: wig, peculiar facial expressions - knee-slapper humour, you know. But I believe that has changed a lot, and now you can see (or hear) more wordplay and subtlety
And even in the 80s, Monty Python was probably at least as popular as the ominous "German humour".
Cornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 55 Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3050 times:
Germans - having no sense of humour ?
Well when Lothar Mattheus inevitably pops up in the next few weeks claiming he could do a better job of managing the German national team, that'll surely prove that some Germans DO have a sense of humour
Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work