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Under Comedy is understood in German- room entertaining cabaret programs, certain types of entertainment programs (in television , radio or Internet ) and music whose core the comedy and basically the audience and the mass is to laugh. A person who performs comedy is called a comedian or comedian .

Demarcation and Development

Comedy ensemble

Comedy developed from the cabaret form of stand-up comedy and is related to cabaret . In contrast to this, however, it is mostly not political. In stand-up comedy, conflicts in one's own environment are a typical topic.

Although “Comedy” is the English word for comedy , the terms are not used synonymously in German. While comedy for the classic comedy is, comedy is a modern term for different types of programs. In the meantime, an independent comedy culture with numerous stage programs and comedy clubs with a growing tendency has also emerged in German-speaking countries.

The triggers for this trend were, among other things, the then new comedy programs on television, such as RTL Saturday Night, based on the model of the US show Saturday Night Live, which has been successful for many years . Comedy became popular in the 1990s, when private television stations in particular began to broadcast excerpts from full-length stage programs that were based on these American models.

Current prominent examples are the program Quatsch Comedy Club broadcast by ProSieben , which is recorded in the Friedrichstadtpalast in Berlin, or the former WDR series NightWash , now broadcast by One .

Forerunners of the comedy genre commonly used today in terms of content or style are among others. a. Heinz Erhardt (1950s / 1960s), Gisela Schlüters Snack , Loriot (1960s / 1970s), A Heart and a Soul , Insterburg & Co. , Otto Waalkes , Klimbim , Dieter Hallervordens Nonstop Nonsense (1970s), A crazy couple , Rudi's day show , Sketchup (1980s). In the GDR these were mainly Herricht & Preil , Eberhard Cohrs , Paul Beckers , Rudi Schiemann , Lotte Werkmeister , Manfred Uhlig as well as Helga Hahnemann and OF Weidling .

The term comedy is used in many ways for numerous forms which only have a humorous character in common. In general, one can differentiate between:

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