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The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 10:16 pm

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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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 10:18 pm

Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):
Germans, can you describe the Teutonic sense of humor?

Describe what? Please be more specific... these words do not compute...

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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 10:19 pm

Entschuldigung, Herr Doktor!  Smile
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 10:25 pm

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 2):
Entschuldigung, Herr Doktor!

Mach' nichts...

Since I am only 1/4 german but having lived here for many years now, I can only say that the german sense of humour is... let's see... peculiar.

There is a place for wordplay and puns, and I don't think that the "pie-in-the-face" is well appreciated.

Then again, I am not sure I can fully understand this country, let alone its sense of humour...

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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 10:39 pm

Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):
In my experience, Germans do have a sense of humor,

You're surely joking, aren't you?

Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):
but it's different than in English-speaking countries.

You mean as indistinguishable as british humour and american humor are...?

Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):
Wordplay and puns don't go over well in Deutschland. The humor seems to be more pie-in-the-face physical comedy.

Much like american humor then, right?  mischievous 

Sure they do. But current german TV and movie "comedy" forces many of us to look elsewhere. There's a definitive lack of supply.
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 10:42 pm

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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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 10:46 pm

Quoting Aloges (Reply 5):
Things that have to do with current events catch on as well, as evidenced by TV entertainers like Harald Schmidt.

Speaking of Mr. Schmidt..."Schadenfreude" is certainly well known and generally accepted in Germany  Wink
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 10:49 pm

Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):
the humor seems to be more pie-in-the-face physical comedy.

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".

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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 10:51 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 4):
british humour

Isn't that just a rumor, like the lost city of Atlantis?  Wink
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 10:59 pm

Quoting KROC (Reply 8):
Isn't that just a rumor, like the lost city of Atlantis?

Quite possibly, individual exceptions notwithstanding...! Big grin
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 11:05 pm

Quoting Flyingbabydoc (Reply 1):
these words do not compute...



Quoting Flyingbabydoc (Reply 3):
fully understand this country, let alone its sense of humour...

lack of patience ! German humour starts after the 4th glass of beer

Quoting Klaus (Reply 4):
british humour and american humor

British humour and US humour are two totally different things
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 11:17 pm

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 10):
British humour and US humour are two totally different things

Exactly my point! Big grin
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 11:24 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 4):
american humor

Isn't that an oxymoron - a bit like military intelligence, airline food, scottish success....? Big grin
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 11:43 pm

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 10):
British humour and US humour are two totally different things

Exactly, well said!...one doesn't exist, the other is incomprehensible...and unfunny at best!!
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 11:43 pm

Quoting Cornish (Reply 12):
Isn't that an oxymoron - a bit like (...) airline food, scottish success....?

I thought the Scots have successfully acquired the exclusive right to produce economy class airline food for entire Europe?  Confused
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 11:47 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 9):
Quoting KROC (Reply 8):
Isn't that (British humour) just a rumor, like the lost city of Atlantis?

Quite possibly, individual exceptions notwithstanding...!

The Queen?  duck 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 11:49 pm

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 14):
I thought the Scots have successfully acquired the exclusive right to produce economy class airline food for entire Europe?

You'd think so from tasting the stuff  Wink
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 11:49 pm

Quoting Andreas (Reply 6):
"Schadenfreude"

The fact there is no equivalent term in English tells you all you need to know about German humour...  duck 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 11:50 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 9):
Quite possibly, individual exceptions notwithstanding...!

Prince Charles, certainly....  flamed 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Tue May 30, 2006 11:54 pm

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 15):
The Queen?

Good point. Big grin

Almost a pity that we had to retire our whacky, spaced-out emperor after WWI...  crazy 
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 12:01 am

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 14):
acquired the exclusive right to produce economy class airline food

when ? who ? where ?
would not matter much anyway

Quoting Flyingbabydoc (Reply 18):
Prince Charles

to defend them, Prince Charles has lots of humour, and the Queen apparently also, at times at least
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 12:03 am

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  Wink
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 12:05 am

Quoting Klaus (Reply 19):
Almost a pity that we had to retire our whacky, spaced-out emperor after WWI...

Got to consider yourselves a bit unfortunate. Who'd have thought that the relatively sane German monarchs would end up in Britain instead?
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 12:11 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 22):
the relatively sane German monarchs would end up in Britain instead?

"relatively sane" ? do you speak about "Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha" and the upcoming "Battenberg" ?
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 12:12 am

Yes of course the Germans have a sense of humor. I mean, you gotta have something to cheer you up after losing two world wars!  silly 

Seriously though, this is the only proof I need to know that they have a funny side. Utterly hilarious!


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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 12:22 am

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 23):
"relatively sane" ? do you speak about "Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha" and the upcoming "Battenberg" ?

My point precisely. The German one (i.e. the German German one) went to live in a caravan in Holland. I mean, I ask you....  Wink
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 12:27 am

So does that mean he ended up getting the water that the German Fraus used while shampooing their armpits which then subsequently....... oh never mind 

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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 12:33 am

Sorry, but "German" and "Sense of Humour" don't gel somehow. Bit like "Scottish" and "Abstinence" Big grin

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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 1:10 am

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 27):
Sorry, but "German" and "Sense of Humour" don't gel somehow. Bit like "Scottish" and "Abstinence" Big grin

Germans have a sense of humor but you have to keep one thing in mind while spending an evening with Germans "Don�t mention the war"
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 1:10 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 17):
The fact there is no equivalent term in English tells you all you need to know about German humour...

The fact that you do know exactly what it means tells you a lot about the English version  Wink
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 1:22 am

Germans must have a sense of humour...I believe David Hasslehoff has been asked to sing at the opening of the World Cup ceremony!  scared 
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 1:23 am

Quoting AC773 (Reply 24):
Seriously though, this is the only proof I need to know that they have a funny side. Utterly hilarious!

Sorry but Bully's movies are just not funny at all.
Ever seen the German version of the office... that's hilarious
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 1:34 am

Quoting Jush (Reply 31):
Ever seen the German version of the office... that's hilarious

I think we might stick with our own one - you know, the original, creative concept, not a copy of someone else?  Wink

Quoting Andreas (Reply 29):
The fact that you do know exactly what it means tells you a lot about the English version

We are seekers after humour. That term got stuck in our heads because it was Germany's only contribution...
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 2:10 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 32):
We are seekers after humour

Ah yes....and don't we understand this oh so well!! Big grin
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 2:12 am

I keep reading this thread and I always end up thinking of the Monty Python sketch with "the deadliest joke" that the British use against the Germans in WWII. Oh, those silly Germans--jokes kill them!  Silly

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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 2:24 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 25):
The German one (i.e. the German German one

suppose you mean Emperor Wilhelm II, the man who in his days as a boy often was on holidays on the Isle of Wight, with his grandmother, Queen Victoria ?

Quoting Columba (Reply 28):
one thing in mind while spending an evening with Germans "Don�t mention the war"

A) don't mention the war
B) take the German love for "Schadenfreude" dutifully into account
C) but realize that they do NOT love to be joked about by you
D) that they tend to "joke" at length about lack of humour of their nation and all the OTHER Germans -- while it in fact is NOT as bad as this
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 6:18 am

Quoting Aloges (Reply 5):
Vot? Vee heff noh vort plehs? Satt's not truh!

 laughing   laughing  See it's easy to make Germans laugh and I was born in north Germany. We are said to be the most reserved ones but that isn't true. It's hard to define a general sense of humor.
But always remember a hearty laugh a day keeps the doctor away. It works.

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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 6:26 am

Quoting Skyman (Reply 36):

I see a pattern... I'm in Heidelberg, you're in Karlsruhe, Birdwatching is in Freiburg and in case he's a Nordlicht, too, there's three of us in Günni's Himmelreich.
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 6:37 am

Quoting AC773 (Reply 24):
Seriously though, this is the only proof I need to know that they have a funny side. Utterly hilarious!

I believe that film is actually Austrian, not German. If you know the German language well enough, you'll be able to distinguish between the many German accents and the one Austrian accent when people speak German.  Wink
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 6:43 am

Quoting Aloges (Reply 37):
I'm in Heidelberg, you're in Karlsruhe, Birdwatching is in Freiburg

Great you and birdwatching get the real cool towns. Why does Rhein Radar have to be in such a crap... not so good town.  weeping 
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Quoting LTU932 (Reply 38):
believe that film is actually Austrian

No it is German actually. The Ranger has an Austrian accent though.
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 7:35 am

Well I lived in Germany for 6 months a few years ago and found it to be full of mirth. The German language I believe makes wordplay a little more difficult than it is in English because there is less room for the confusion and misunderstanding that are needed for wordplay. The humour may be more situational. I found Germans wanted to falsely induce panic or concern for humorous purposes. The humour could also be off-the-wall where ridiculous and unlikely scenarios are illustrated. Every single people on earth have a sense of humour. I dont know why the English constantly regard the Germans as humourless.
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 7:48 am

Quoting Skyman (Reply 39):
No it is German actually. The Ranger has an Austrian accent though.

Ah OK. Nonetheless, it's a pretty good parody of those Westerns. And the name seems to be making fun a bit of Karl May's Winnetou (correct me if I'm wrong).
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 7:49 am

Quoting Yak42 (Reply 40):
I dont know why the English constantly regard the Germans as humourless.

One word: Compensation Big grin
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 8:02 am

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 41):
And the name seems to be making fun a bit of Karl May's Winnetou (correct me if I'm wrong).

No you are right. It also includes other westerns like Bonanza " Die Puderrosa Ranch".  rotfl 
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 8:43 am

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 7):
In the 70s and 80s, that was indeed the case: wig, peculiar facial expressions - knee-slapper humour

Yeah in the 70s I think German comedy just tried to copy Carry On Films, as if those weren't bad enough in the first place. There have been some good German comedies recently though.

As for wordplay, or at least great words, I don't think you can beat (in any language): Arschkarte or, especially, Arschgeige. "Ass violin" is pretty much sheer poetry...

Anyway, it is the Swiss who really have no sense of humor...  duck 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 10:38 am

German Humor? Surely I cant pass up the opportunity to post this:

 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 12:13 pm

I like British humor and I am American. I have traveled to Germany 3 times (1997, 1990 & 2000) and from what I observed there (and elsewhere), just like anyplace else, humor is often based on making fun of the Government and it's burearcracy, everyday frustrations with family (especially mothers-in-law), making fun of those that take themselves too seriously, sometimes making fun of sub groups or citizens of other places in their country (although one has to be careful of not going into racism). Advertising on TV and billboards/posters often use humor that can be understood by most playing on common themes.
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 3:06 pm

Quoting N229NW (Reply 44):
it is the Swiss who really have no sense of humor...

you just do not wait for the laugh, as that comes later. Similar to the Austrians. The French-speakers are rather like the French. And the Ticinese are like the Italians, whenever permanently declaring to be different.
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 4:52 pm

What is interesting is the German word schadenfreude has come into US English common usage.
 
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RE: The German Sense Of Humor

Wed May 31, 2006 5:02 pm

Quoting Skyman (Reply 43):
No you are right.

Great. Thanks for confirming.

Quoting Skyman (Reply 43):
It also includes other westerns like Bonanza " Die Puderrosa Ranch".

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

I completely forgot about the Bonanza part in that film. That was something.  bigthumbsup 

Quoting N229NW (Reply 44):
Anyway, it is the Swiss who really have no sense of humor...

As a matter of fact, my 9th grade German teacher told the class once that the Swiss used to go into the cellar to laugh there. It had something to do with the times of Calvinism in Switzerland because back then humour or just simple laughing was outlawed.  Wink The curious thing is, that in this class, one of our classmates present was Swiss, but he didn't say much about that.

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