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Lauterbach, comedy, orgasm and cold feet.

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Theme: “One Mic Stand” – Health Minister Karl Lauterbach turned into a “stand-up comedian” on the Amazon Prime series (online from July 16). Lauterbach is trained by Today Show comedian Hazel Brugger.

A Swiss woman with a squeaky, dry sense of humor seems to be the perfect teacher for a politician who opens his teeth with difficulty and usually uses language as a nuisance.

First things first: Brugger and Lauterbach go to a concert from Cologne to Wiesbaden – and talk like old friends about catching a cold while having sex.

Hazel: “Female orgasm cannot occur if the woman has cold feet.”

Karl: “Not much better for men.” A long pause. Karl cleverly continues: “Oh, that’s why he is with you …”

Hazel: “… that’s why it’s always so problematic for me …”

Karl: “… and I thought it was me.”

FUNNY! Lauterbach pretends to have an affair with Brugger, who is married and has recently become a mother. And “cold feet” – a perfect allusion to the impending energy crisis …

But then comes what German comedy has been producing for years, with some good gags and loads of flat jokes: exaggerated big band monster show, laser show and audience always ready to gossip.

EVERYTHING gets applause, flourish, and endless repetition as a video loop.

Brugger, who has been in the business for years and still has the appeal of a comedy trainee, goes out of his way to produce pictures for a hot air show: kissing Lauterbach’s feet at an alleged first meeting to distract him from the SPD. While driving, he promises the politician that he will drive carefully and “not rivet voters”. Lauterbach replied maliciously: “The elections are over, I won. Now you can go fast. “

The viewer spends the next few minutes on extremely useless stage cutscenes and subsequent fragments of Lauterbach’s Coaching – enough time to use almost all the jokes in the finale in advance (Lauterbach’s solo comedy).

Then the grand final act: fanfares, laser show, flamethrowers! Lauterbach in a close-up. He marches towards the stage with a firm expression on his face and the tautness of the jellyfish’s body.

He is alone at the microphone, hesitatingly putting his thumb in the left pocket of his pants. In his right hand, a manuscript to be held.

“Good evening, my name is Karl Lauterbach,” he mumbles, “I am the person who has forbidden you to do anything funny for a year and a half. So I am like her mother – only without good food. ”

March Tusch, Tataa, Narhalla, the viewer thinks …

If Lauterbach had taken Hazel’s advice and added, “… and no big tits.” But Lauterbach pinches, doesn’t want to keep lowering the self-imposed level. As he said while exercising in the car, “It costs me a ticket when I say” tits. ” And my mother is killing herself … “

With all Schmons – Lauterbach is sympathetic in his awkwardness. Even if she’s as skilful as a dancing gray seal.

He spoils all punch lines with his monotonous Rhenish song. But the jokes at his own or his party’s expense are still half successful: “What does my barber have to do with SPD?” – “They’re both experts in lousy performances!”

Also okay: “I’m a classic doctor: I work with pain, threats and desperation – and I ask people to wear masks.”

Or, “Why did I come to the coronation policy? They were looking for someone who knows the field of “social isolation.”

But then Lauterbach breaks the charade of a skinny upstart who doubts himself – and lash his political opponent Armin Laschet (CDU) with two bitter gags. In the federal election campaign, “he lost three Triels, then another against an 11-year-old – and continued to lead.”


Laschet – the loser – as a joke? Unpleasant!

Not relevant! Comedian Karl still has one …

“The difference between tragedy and comedy” is “often only a few years’ difference.” That is why Armin Laschet “will one day be on the scene after his tragic election defeat last September – then he will be a comedy.” And no longer “the tragedy that is now …”

Oh my! What a vain and smug election winner joke, recorded just weeks after the federal election and months before Lauterbach repeatedly made himself a joking name as federal minister.

No drama, just show it! And yet: with this gag, the controversial minister destroyed a nice picture of self-deprecating, cheerful nature with a tendency to sadness at the very end of the first episode of “One Mic Stand”.

Lauterbach reveals what it is made of: a completely normal politician who uses almost every opportunity to win favor and voters. Also at the expense of an opponent who lost a long time ago and whom hardly anyone talks about anymore.

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