One Mic Stand: Karl Lauterbach is funny as a comedian

“One Mic Stand” in Prime Video
Orgasms, crown and seat heating: this is Karl Lauterbach as a comedian

Karl Lauterbach is trained by Hazel Brugger

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Health Minister Karl Lauterbach is trained by Hazel Brugger in the new Prime Video format “One Mic Stand”. Finally, he does a comedy show. Unfortunately, it’s not his.

Speaking in the Bundestag and the standing program are not that different: it is about audience attention and speaking on stage or on the podium in front of as many people as possible. It’s no wonder then that comedian Hazel Brugger chose Karl Lauterbach to guide him to a solo performance as a comedian: after all, he already has stage experience and she likes his way of speaking too. The best conditions for successful cooperation. The fact that he is now the minister of health makes it even more interesting. When One Mic Stand was produced, Lauterbach was still known as the SPD’s health expert who had sharply criticized the coronation measures of his predecessor, Jens Spahn. He is the “crown pope” as Hazel Brugger calls Lauterbach.

There is no shortage of great participants in the “One Mic Stand” show. Comedy legend Harald Schmidt also celebrates his TV comeback and takes over as coach from Mats Hummels and Christoph Kramer. As footballers they are used to having a coach, but this time it’s about making the audience laugh. Also Motsi Mabuse dancer and juror and actor Fahri Yardim are part of “One Mic Stand”, their coaches are Teddy Teclebrhan and Michael Mittermeier. There are five episodes of the series in total, each of which focuses on a player. Episode 1 starts with Lauterbach and displays “sexual content” and “curses” as warnings.

“One Mic Stand”: Karl Lauterbachs does not want to appear as “Professor Karl”.

And Hazel Brugger clarifies important questions from the very beginning. Namely, whether Lauterbach wants to appear as “Professor Karl”. He replies quite humorously: “I’m ditching the professor, otherwise no one will come.” He boldly honks that he has the potential to replace presenter Oliver Welke in the satirical “Heute Show” in a few years’ time. And he wanted to make shallow, shallow jokes.

As a leading politician, there is unfortunately no time for coaching. On the “road trip to Wiesbaden”, as the first episode is called, Lauterbach only receives quick instructions. Little time, little preparation. Hazel Brugger is his chauffeur, and after a little warm-up and philosophizing about heated car seats, everything goes straight to the point. Hazel Brugger: “A female orgasm cannot take place, even if a woman has cold feet.” Lauterbach from the passenger seat: “Not much better for men.” The health minister also says about breasts: “It costs a fine if I say ‘tits.’ First of all, my mother is killing me. ” The trip to Wiesbaden passes quickly and is perhaps the highlight of this episode.

Before Lauterbach’s performance, the viewer must first listen to Hazel Brugger’s birth report. And says she threw a cherry stone pillow at her midwife. Then it is finally time and Lauterbach enters the scene.

“I’ve never been so badly prepared,” he says before the show, and unfortunately you can say. Hazel Brugger handed him a piece of paper in the driveway with a text prepared for him that he only had to remember to a certain extent. But ghostwriters are also typical of politics, many speeches are made this way.

Of course, the text is about fellow politicians and the crown pandemic, but it still sounds more like Hazel Brugger’s perspective than Lauterbach’s, which is a shame. He would definitely have his own funny anecdotes from his daily life. Lauterbach would be funnier to tell in his own words, because he unfortunately lacks important authenticity. The audience seems to notice it too, and applauds fairly carefully. Lauterbach has already proved in previous television appearances, such as the Today Show, that he had the potential to do so himself.

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