The Harald Schmidt Show

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Television series
Original title The Harald Schmidt Show
Country of production Germany
original language German
Year (s) 1995–2003 Sat.1 ,
2004–2007 Das Erste ,
2009–2011 Das Erste ,
2011–2012 Sat.1 ,
2012–2014 Sky
Brainpool (1995–1998) ,
Bonito TV (1998–2003) ,
Kogel & Schmidt GmbH in collaboration with Bonito TV (2004–2007), (2009–2014)
length approx. 45 minutes
2004–2007: 30 minutes
2012–2014: 35 minutes
Episodes approx. 1800 in 18 seasons
genre Late night show
music Helmut Zerlett and band
ARD Showband (2004-2007)
Moderation Harald Schmidt
Manuel Andrack as Sidekick (2000–2003, 2004–2007)
First broadcast December 5, 1995 on Sat.1

The Harald Schmidt Show was a German entertainment program moderated by Harald Schmidt . It was broadcast in the years 1995 to 2003 and 2011 to 2012 on Sat.1 and 2012 to 2014 on Sky . Between 2004 and 2007 and from 2009 to 2011 the program was broadcast in a revised version under the title Harald Schmidt in the first . In the intervening period, it was replaced by Schmidt & Pocher . The last issue was broadcast on March 13, 2014.




The show, broadcast daily from Tuesday to Friday at around 11:15 pm, was first broadcast on December 5, 1995 and was seen by 1.96 million viewers (13.9% market share). In the beginning there was also a broadcast on Saturday, which was produced entirely live instead of the usual live-on-tape method. From June 30, 2003 until the beginning of the creative break on December 23, 2003, the show also ran on Mondays.

In terms of content, the show was based on US late night shows such as the Late Show with David Letterman or the Tonight Show .

The Harald Schmidt Show was produced by Brainpool from 1995 to 1998 and recorded in the renovated Capitol in Cologne , which was previously used as a cinema.

In 1998 the production company changed, Jörg Grabosch and his company Brainpool were separated in favor of Harald Schmidt's own production company Bonito TV . In August 1998 there was a change of studio, away from the Brainpool studio in the Capitol, to a new studio called Studio 449 , at Schanzenstrasse 39 in Cologne-Mülheim .

Break and succession

On December 8, 2003, Schmidt surprisingly announced that he would take a “creative break” from the beginning of 2004. The last regular show aired on December 23, 2003. A connection with the dismissal of the Sat.1 managing director Martin Hoffmann , who is considered a close friend of Harald Schmidt, was suspected; however, an official reason for the end of the show was never disclosed. Manuel Andrack explained in an interview that at the time it was also assumed that Schmidt had asked for more money for production and that the contract was not extended as a result. Andrack also stated that Schmidt was "burned out" at the time and therefore did not want to extend the contract. According to Andrack, the fifth weekly program on Monday, which was introduced in the summer of 2003, caused overload. Harald Schmidt also stated in an interview with Roger Schawinski that he was exhausted and the change at the top of the transmitter was a sign for him to leave. Hoffmann was not the reason for the end of the show.

After the actual end of the show on December 23, 2003, two more ninety-minute special editions followed: On December 29, 2003, “The 2003 Annual Review” was shown, and on January 8, 2004 there was another edition for the 20th anniversary of Sat.1. Both programs were similar to the regular editions, so the shows were opened with the only slightly changed intro of the Harald Schmidt show and the structure of the programs essentially corresponded to the usual editions. The desk from the show has been in the Haus der Geschichte in Bonn since the end of the show .

According to media reports, the show's budget last amounted to 100,000 euros per broadcast, of which 40,000 euros went directly to Schmidt and 60,000 euros to Bonito for the production.

On May 17, 2004 Anke Engelke started her own late night show on the former slot of the Harald Schmidt Show, entitled Anke Late Night , which was canceled in October 2004.

2004–2007: change to ARD

Restart of the show on ARD under the name Harald Schmidt

Harald Schmidt (2007)

The ARD expressed interest early on in bringing Schmidt back into the ARD program. As Der Tagesspiegel reported, Schmidt was in contact with the then ARD chairman and NDR director Jobst Plog after leaving Sat.1 . Contract negotiations were only carried out in earnest after the Harald Schmidt show follow-up program Anke Late Night, broadcast by Sat.1, was discontinued . Jobst Plog stated that the contract with Schmidt initially runs until July 2006 (endowed with approx. 9.7 million euros per year). Approx. 150,000 euros were available per broadcast, the pure production costs were estimated in industry circles at approx. 30,000 euros per show. The ARD announced that it would finance Harald Schmidt through savings in football rights. The amount was made available by not broadcasting UEFA Cup matches in the first.

The first broadcast in December 2004 was still an advance broadcast, broadcast exactly one year after the last broadcast of the Harald Schmidt Show on Sat.1 and moderated by Schmidt with long hair and a full beard. The first regular broadcast followed on January 19, 2005. The broadcast dates were initially on Wednesdays and Thursdays around 11 p.m. on the first . The appointment on Thursday was canceled once a month in favor of the cabaret show windshield wiper . At the beginning of 2007 the broadcast time was set to 10:45 p.m. The broadcast was repeated in almost all third-party programs on the same evening or on the weekend.

Design of the programs

The show - now under the name Harald Schmidt - was mostly recorded in front of an audience on the respective broadcast day at 7 pm, as was already the case with Sat.1; if necessary, it was also broadcast live . It was particularly noticeable that initially no more guests were invited to the show, although Schmidt had declared in 2002 in the well-known media discussion group “Bertelsmann Matinee” Günther Jauch that his show would not be possible without guests and that, contrary to the general opinion, “Part with the Guests “is usually the more interesting. In addition, the duration of the broadcast was shortened from 45 minutes to 30 minutes and until the end of 2005 it was recorded live on tape in a much smaller studio .

Despite these changes, the concept again largely corresponded to that of the previous Sat.1 program, albeit with a smaller proportion of outside campaigns and feature films. As in the Harald Schmidt Show , Manuel Andrack was again involved as a sidekick and the ARD show band accompanying the broadcast consisted almost entirely of musicians from the studio band of the Harald Schmidt Show . Only the former band leader Helmut Zerlett was no longer there. A few months after the start of the program was also also from the Harald Schmidt Show known Nathalie Licard resumed the ensemble, initially for irregular guest appearances, from 2006 as an integral part of the ARD show band that supported them as not singing singer. The Frenchwoman made two small excursions into the singing subject: “Happy Birthday” à la Marilyn Monroe with a blonde wig and “In the Salzkammergut”.

Schmidt introduced an artificial "commercial break" as a structural element a few months after the program started. Such a break was not necessary, as the ARD, as a public broadcaster, is not allowed to broadcast any advertising during Harald Schmidt's airtime . Nonetheless, Schmidt announced once per broadcast “We're doing short advertising”, whereupon the studio band - as in the commercial breaks on the Sat.1 Harald Schmidt Show - played a piece of music instrumentally. Instead of going into an advertising block, the band was shown, usually with a satirical dedication for the piece played. This artificial “commercial break” was introduced after criticism from several sides that the program was too lengthy without commercial breaks.

The focus of the show was shifted to daily news and media criticism. While Harald Schmidt was often compared to David Letterman on his previous show , critics now move him closer to Jon Stewart , whose successful daily show deals with current affairs and the media landscape in the United States . In an interview with Welt am Sonntag on January 16, 2005, Harald Schmidt jokingly said about his new program: “ Harald Schmidt is a weak copy of the American intelligent political satire 'Daily Show by Jon Stewart' - without reaching the original.” Harald Schmidt also reacted to the opinions of television critics that the current programs were too lengthy.

Since September 2005, every program (with a few exceptions) has had a guest again without prior notice. When asked by Fritz presenter Caroline Korneli Schmidt explained that it still give guests who, if they were in his opinion worth to be invited.

The last edition (a 45-minute "Best of") was broadcast on June 14, 2007. After the summer break from October 25, 2007 , Harald Schmidt was replaced by the new program Schmidt & Pocher , which was limited to broadcasting once a week on Thursdays, but was twice as long at 60 minutes. The place on Wednesday evening was cleared fairly for Frank Plasberg and his talk show Hart .

Schmidt & Pocher was moderated equally by Schmidt and Oliver Pocher . After its announcement, Pocher's personality was rated critically, especially in some feature sections. Schmidt ruled out a return to the format of the Harald Schmidt Show and Harald Schmidt vis-à-vis SPIEGEL shortly after the last Harald Schmidt broadcast because he was basically no longer interested in a late-night show.

2009–2011: continued on ARD

After Schmidt & Pocher ended and the Harald Schmidt format returned on September 17, 2009, the concept of the program was also revised and the duration of a show was again extended to 45 minutes. While Schmidt used to be able to rely on a permanent sidekick or co-moderator with Manuel Andrack and then with Oliver Pocher , after the return of the format he worked without a permanent conversation partner. In the second episode of the program on September 24, 2009, however, the theater director Claus Peymann took on a similar role as a guest. Instead, Schmidt now worked with a permanent team that took on various roles in the recordings as well as in the studio. These included the presenter Katrin Bauerfeind , the author and journalist Peter Richter , the managing editor of Ralf Kabelka embodied politician Dr. Udo Brömme as well as Caroline Korneli , Jan Böhmermann and Pierre M. Krause , who already stood together in front of the camera in the award-winning RTL satire show TV-Helden . In addition, the actor and director Christian Brey , who had worked with Harald Schmidt at the Stuttgart State Theater, performed regularly . As the band leader, Helmut Zerlett was again part of the show. The indicative (introductions) and introductions were now spoken by Pat Murphy . From September 2010, Max Giermann , who became known with the Switch Reloaded series, and Klaas Heufer-Umlauf joined the team.

Schmidt did not extend the contract with ARD, which expired in 2011, but instead signed it with Sat.1 , where the show could be seen again as the Harald Schmidt Show from September 2011 without any major concept changes and ran until May 2012. The Harald Schmidt Show was broadcast on Sky Deutschland from September 2012 to March 2014 .

2011–2012: continued on Sat.1

On September 13, 2010 it was announced that Harald Schmidt is leaving ARD in 2011 and will switch back to Sat.1. There he hosted from September 13, 2011 twice a week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 23:15, his old show, The Harald Schmidt Show . The concept was the same as before, but Schmidt no longer had a permanent sidekick at his side. The show was produced by Kogel & Schmidt GmbH in cooperation with Bonito TV. In the first term, Bonito was solely responsible. Studio 449 has broadcast three times a week since 2012, including Thursdays . On May 3, 2012, the program on Sat.1 was discontinued due to insufficient market shares, as was officially announced on March 28, 2012.

2012–2014: continued on Sky

On May 1st, it was announced that Sky would take over the show. There were no changes to the format, only the broadcasting time was brought forward to 22:15. Since September 4, 2012, the Harald Schmidt Show has been running three times a week (Tue, Wed, Thu) on Sky, at 10:15 p.m. on Sky Hits , at 11:15 p.m. on Sky Atlantic HD , one day later on Sky Comedy , and was also available with a time delay via the services Sky Select , Sky Anytime , and on the Internet via Sky Go .

In the first two weeks on Sky there were several reports of extremely low ratings for the Harald Schmidt Show between 5,000 and 20,000 viewers per broadcast, which corresponds to a rate of z. T. 0.00% would correspond. Sky contradicted this in a press release that these low numbers are solely about the evaluation of the live broadcasts on Sky Hits and Sky Atlantic HD by the Society for Consumer Research and Media Control in around 250 randomly selected test households and that including all broadcasts and Sky services and with a reach of 3 million subscribers instead an average number of 175,000 viewers per show was achieved.

There were complaints from viewers after the first broadcasts on Sky about the shortened transmission time to around 35 minutes net, the retention of a (shortened) commercial break even after switching to pay TV, and broadcasting in traditional SD quality, although a large part of the Viewers on Sky basically welcomed the return to the screen. Sky did not renew the contract that expired in March 2014. The last Harald Schmidt Show was broadcast on March 13, 2014 . At the same time, it was made available free of charge on YouTube . All the sidekicks of the Sky era performed as guests.

After the official end of the show on television, there was a private Harald Schmidt show for a Cologne media company in June 2014 . The show took place in the still completely intact old setting and contained the familiar elements of the broadcast; However, these were tailored to the corresponding communications company (e.g. company history explained with Playmobil figures). When Peter Huemer asked in a public conversation whether further such editions will follow, Schmidt explained that the well-known set of the show in Studio 449 in Cologne was currently being dismantled (in November 2014) and that this edition was a one-off event. Huemer had previously mentioned that there were rumors that a company would want to market such shows for 150,000 euros per issue.

Program flow

Basic structure of the shows

Each show began with a monologue , a stand-up , in which Schmidt mostly dealt with current events in a satirical manner, but sometimes only gave a humorous outlook on the show and the guests. In the first few years this section could last well over ten minutes, while from 2000 onwards, it was mostly two to five minutes.

After introducing his band, Schmidt continued to moderate from his desk. Up to the talk with invited guests and the music act in the last third of the show, the middle section provided entertainment with clips, various shows and studio activities.

Harald Schmidt had almost complete freedom with regard to the design of the show.

Studio actions and show elements

In the 18 years the show was characterized by frequently recurring actions:

Re-enacted scenes and studio actions
Everyday situations were partially reenacted and commented on in a very elaborate way. (e.g .: eating at the Italian restaurant (January 31, 2001), Kneipp cure in the studio (May 18, 2001), eating on the train (February 5, 2003), Harald bakes waffles (December 2, 2003), one day in the swimming pool (July 24, 2003)
Often individual people from the audience were also involved in the studio activities. For example, in the early days of the Capitol, reclam books were often read aloud in distributed roles and Harald Schmidt acted as director. There were also question games in which individual viewers could win money. The entire audience in the hall was involved in some of the actions. (e.g .: community afternoon (June 14, 2001), Schmidt gives away Nordmann fir trees to the public (December 11, 2002))
Harald analyzes everyday objects and situations
Harald tests everyday objects and situations and comments on them. (B .: doorbell Test (June 14, 2001), sink test (eg. 13 March 2002), chairs Test (11 October 2002), rain gear (3 June 2003), meal packages of . U. S Army (April 3, 2003 ), Floor coverings for the studio (November 4, 2003))
Some of these experiments also took place outside the studio. (e.g .: impact of a melon, duration until various objects explode (December 13, 2000))
With Playmobil figures, current events, novels and résumés were presented and explained in lovingly decorated play landscapes. (e.g .: Lenin in Switzerland (September 15, 1998), Apollo 11 (May 7, 1999), The Adventures of Heracles (October 9, 2002), Les Misérables (February 28, 2002), The Story of Oedipus (March 28, 2003), Orpheus in the Underworld (November 18, 2003), History of the Harald Schmidt Show (March 4, 2014))
TV classic
Harald Schmidt reenacts TV classics with the team or the studio audience. (e.g .: Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (November 16, 2000 with Günther Jauch ), The literary quartet (May 3, 2001), Amlauf Band (December 18, 2002 with Rudi Carrell ), Tatort : Mord im Studio (7 February 2003), Dalli Dalli (March 18, 2003), Pssst… (August 5, 2003), Wetten, dass ..? (November 7, 2003))
Favorite of the month / favorite of the year
Regular "awards" for people (but sometimes also objects) who noticed something special in the past month. Some of the candidates were introduced through a film by Peter Rütten (the "choice" should always be made by "pressing the button on the underside of the TV chair") or by Harald Schmidt in the program (then the studio audience usually voted). The favorite of the month then stood in a picture frame on Schmidt's desk for four weeks. At the end of the year from the month of favorites the favorite of the year chosen and the image was then solemnly behind the stage hung in the studio.
Individual employees or the team go on an excursion. (e.g .: excursion to Weimar (April 14, 1999), with Charlotte Roche through London (July 15, 1999), Manuel drinking wine on the Moselle (July 2, 2003), Harald on the truck parking lot (July 25 , 1999) January 2002), Schmidt picks up the audience at home (May 3, 2012)
Ride to the desk
With the help of the blue screen technology , Schmidt went on an excursion at his desk. The studio audience only saw Schmidt and his team act in front of a blue wall, as the previously made film from the trip could only be inserted in the post-production. (e.g .: ... to the zoo (July 8, 1999), ... to the Drachenfels (June 22, 2001), ... to the Eifel (January 23, 2002), ... to the Cologne Carnival (February 26, 2003))
Picture puzzle
A string of pictures and objects whose names, read one after the other, result in a group of words or a sentence.
Photo quiz
Schmidt shows a collage of four photos and asks the audience what the motifs shown have in common.
"What do we see here?"
asked Schmidt while a still image was being faded in and gave the audience three funny suggestions for answers. Often the question was also "What do these people think?" Or "What does he / she think?"
Harald Schmidt makes music
Harald Schmidt interprets different music titles several times. (E.g .: " Bohemian Rhapsody " and "Somebody to Love" by Queen (November 20, 1996, December 18, 1998); Schmidt sings Brecht (February 20, 2002); "Honky-Tonk-Woman" by The Rolling Stones (July 16, 2002); Harald Schmidt accompanies Anne-Sophie Mutter on the piano: " Summertime " by George Gershwin (September 14, 2011), "Spring song" by Mendelssohn (December 10, 2009), "Humoresque No. 7" von Dvořák (December 18, 2013); Harald Schmidt conducts the Bochum Symphony Orchestra (April 24, 2012))
Schmidt is on the phone
Schmidt called unsuspecting interlocutors (for example at Microsoft, the Hyatt Hotel or the Suhrkamp Verlag).
Purchase order
Schmidt recommends a book.
advent Calendar
In every December broadcast there was a door of the advent calendar to be opened with a special surprise.
Farmer rules
Current affairs were commented on, following the example of classic pawn rules.

Protagonists and other show elements

In addition to Harald Schmidt, Helmut Zerlett appeared as a band leader in all shows . Over the years, a variety of fictional characters (some employees in production) appeared on the show.

The Helmut Zerlett Band

Helmut Zerlett (2009)

The support band of the show consisted of the following members until 2003:

In addition to Helmut Zerlett, Rosko Gee and Mel Collins were part of the cast until 2014.

First Sat.1 phase (1995-2003)

Early years in the Cologne Capitol (1995–1998)

  • Reporter Kai Edel as a self-loving edition by Kai Ebel , portrayed by author Peter Rütten
  • Nathalie Licard was the speaker for the intro from May 7, 1997
  • Mr. Lüdemann as Grandpa Lüdemann or Fatter Teresa , Mother Teresa's twin brother , who, however, never performed a selfless act.
  • Postman Letterman (mostly Peter Helf) brought Schmidt selected audience mail to his desk after the audience had shouted out the slogan “Not just anyone brings us letters, letters are brought to us by - Letterman!” . The name was also a reference to the American late-night talker David Letterman
  • Tea , an employee in the costume of a tea bag
  • Pam as the inclusion of Pamela Anderson in the show, embodied by the German Pamela double Ina Werner
  • Our Ossi , played by Bernd Zeller , one of the gag writers of the show
  • Migraine man : Harald Schmidt suffers a migraine attack and vomits.
  • Wisdoms of Confucius : Li and Wang , the owners of a Chinese restaurant in the immediate vicinity of the Capitol, recited German folk tunes or sayings.
  • The fat children of Landau : Regular series in which Harald Schmidt read a short, mostly completely uncomfortable sentence. The name referred to the city of Landau in the Palatinate . The occasion was a television broadcast of overweight Landau children dancing at a carnival session in 1995.
  • Bimmel and Bommel : two sock puppets that brought the viewers closer to the alphabet in the style of a children's program. As word examples, however, they mainly used suggestive or politically incorrect terms or names of bad illnesses and ultimately always ended up with “ Good A ”.
  • Household fatalities: A proletarian, an elderly man and an elderly woman had bizarre household accidents in these single players. The story about the older man was always the same at the beginning: "As he does every day, Anton Hänseler sits in his armchair in the living room and thinks about his time in the Wehrmacht ..."
  • Citizenship : Schmidt explained terms from politics and economics in an easily understandable way. The title was an allusion to a subject civic education in the GDR .
  • The Capitol Clan : kept the viewer up to date on alleged intrigues and evil machinations in the show's team. In addition to peripheral scenes that u. a. prove that Schmidt sends his mother Waltraut on the line for extra income, it is primarily about how individual employees try to overtake Schmidt and even hire thugs or contract killers for underpaid. Originals here are The Denver Clan and Dallas .
  • Mrs. Asenbaum , Harald Schmidt's mother Waltraut Schmidt
  • Schmidt's Turkish chauffeur Üzgür
  • Jörg Grabosch, the then real producer of the Harald Schmidt Show ; he played himself
  • Maria Mercedes Smeralda de Santiago Escordial, she played the role of Harald Schmidt's friend Inge

Move to Studio 449 (1998–2000)

With the move from the Capitol and the move to Studio 449 , the characters of the Capitol Clan were given up. However, many protagonists remained even after the production company and studio changed.

  • Peter Rütten as Kai Edel continued to be part of the ensemble
  • Bimmel and Bommel and the fat children of Landau could still be seen
  • Dr. Udo Brömme , the fictional CDU politician, portrayed by author Ralf Kabelka
  • Wisdoms of Confucius : Li and Wang kept performing
  • Horst , who is invisible and acted as a kind of sidekick in front of Manuel Andrack
  • The crazy joke teller - caller who told Schmidt jokes (voice of Peter Rütten)
  • 1000 masterpieces : art viewing mostly current photos. Persiflage of the WDR broadcast 1000 masterpieces .

Show family (2000-2003)

After the end of the summer break in 2000, the films were cut back even further and a "show family" of employees developed, who now regularly appeared in front of the camera as protagonists and interlocutors.

Manuel Andrack
  • Manuel Andrack , editor-in-chief and from August 30, 2000 as a sidekick
  • Suzana Novinščak, Cue Card Girl (card holder)
  • Sven Olaf Schmidt, prop master The sharp Sven (he also brought Schmidt his water)
  • Helmut Zerlett as band leader and outside reporter
  • Nathalie Licard as speaker of the intro and as external reporter
  • Chief author Peter Rütten was the spokesman for most of the feature films
  • Markus Paßlick reported on the flora and fauna
  • Wichteln : Suzana, Manuel, Helmut and Harald raffle who should give which group member shortly before Christmas. When giving presents , there was usually a dispute over the selected gifts.
  • The big Harald-Manuel-Helmut-or-Suzana-Quiz : Hella von Sinnen guesses who had which youth experience.
  • Project 04/06 : Reports from the world of football in preparation for the 2004 European Football Championship and the 2006 World Cup
  • Cooking what children like : Schmidt cooks simple dishes (fish fingers, spaghetti) for children at his desk.

First ARD phase (2004-2007)

Harald Schmidt and Manuel Andrack on April 15, 2005 with the Objection program in Karlsruhe.
  • Manuel Andrack as a sidekick
  • ARD show band - without band leader Zerlett, but consisted largely of the musicians of the old band
  • Egon Hoegen as speaker of the intro and various films
  • Nathalie Licard as a singer in the ARD show band
  • “Advertising” : “Commercial break” introduced after a few shows, in which the ARD show band played music on a specific topic or occasion.

Second ARD phase (2009-2011)

Second Sat.1 phase (2011–2012)

After returning to Sat.1, the following people appeared regularly on the show.

Moved to Sky (2012-2014)

From the beginning of the 17th season in September 2012 until the end of the show in May 2014, Schmidt again had changing sidekicks :

Notable broadcasts

First Sat.1 phase
  • August 30 to September 5, 1997: The Harald Schmidt Show was broadcast for one week from Berlin by the international radio exhibition . For this purpose, Schmidt's studio was recreated on the IFA site. For the first time, a video wall was also part of the decoration, which was later incorporated into the regular stage design. Ina Werner spoke the intro in these episodes. Li and Wang performed live in the studio for the first time.
  • November 25, 1999: Prince appeared for the first time on German television as a musical guest in the Harald Schmidt Show.
  • May 15, 2000: Schmidt moderated large parts of the program from the treadmill and interviewed Georg Uecker and Helge Schneider . Even during the commercial breaks, Schmidt was still shown on a split screen .
  • May 25, 2001: In the long “Radio Night” after the stand-up, all you saw was the still image of an old radio and the program was designed in the style of a radio broadcast.
  • June 13, 2001: The drama "Claus Peymann doesn't buy pants, but goes out to eat with me" was performed on the show. The text by Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre is a parody of the drama by Thomas Bernhard " Claus Peymann buys a pair of pants and goes out to eat with me " . Claus Peymann was played by Harald Schmidt, Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre played himself and Manuel Andrack took over the role of the pants seller. In November 2001 the piece was also performed at the Berliner Ensemble .
  • September 25, 2001: The first edition after September 11, 2001 was awarded the Grimme Prize .
  • December 19, 2001: Schmidt uses a model to explain train traffic at Nürtingen station .
  • May 28, 2002: The program was produced entirely in French. Subtitles were only faded in during the opening monologue. Schmidt received the Franco-German Journalism Prize for the show . This show en francaise from 2002 was repeated about a week later on ARTE with an introduction by Nathalie Licard and continuous subtitles for the entire show.
  • November 22, 2002: On the occasion of a Miles Davis evening , Schmidt moderated the rest of the program, including large parts of the stand-up, with his back to the audience after a brief welcome. He took the jazz musician Davis as his model, who also played his jazz trumpet while facing away from the audience. Schmidt spoke extensively on the subject with Thomas Heberer , who was then a member of the Helmut Zerlett Band.
  • February 7, 2003: Schmidt clarified the fictional murder of Helmut Zerlett as part of a 35-minute homage to the crime scene .
  • September 18, 2003: Although the four-hour broadcast with Anke Engelke , Bastian Pastewka and Olli Dittrich from a boat tour on the Rhine from Bingen to Boppard is also considered legendary, there was also criticism because of the length of the program. Even Schmidt later was dissatisfied with the broadcasting process. The idea for the show was taken from the USA. Late night host Conan O'Brien hosted the world's first late night show on a ship, and a Circle Line Boat drove around Manhattan.

He also tried to verify a colleague's statement in one episode as to whether the audience was actually bored to watch a silent presenter incessantly as he was busy for minutes with nothing but cracking nuts.

First ARD phase
  • December 23, 2004: One-hour special edition to mark the start of the Harald Schmidt show in the First. Schmidt moderated with a full beard and long hair.
  • August 17 and 18, 2005: Two special programs on the visit of Pope Benedict XVI. on the occasion of the World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne .
  • April 29, 2006, female academics special : In 2005, Schmidt called on female academics to become pregnant by the end of the year. Among other things, they received tickets for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Before that, there had been problems in getting the tickets due to the allocation process.
Second ARD phase
Second Sat.1 phase


Romy award ceremony in the
Vienna Hofburg , 2011
  • 1997
  • Adolf Grimme Prize for the broadcast on December 5, 1996 (show for the one-year anniversary of the broadcast)
  • Goldener Löwe - Best Show Presenter for Harald Schmidt for presenting the Harald Schmidt Show
  • Telestar - Best Show Presenter for Harald Schmidt for presenting the Harald Schmidt Show
  • 1999
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003

Reps and releases on DVD

The episodes of the first Sat.1 phase (1995-2003) have already been repeated several times, including on N24 and 9live . Since 2006, the show was first shown on the pay-TV channel Sat.1 Comedy and was later taken over by the successor channel Sat.1 emotions . For recycling purposes, all of the transitions into the commercial breaks were cut out and in some cases masked by the same overlay from the audience.

In 2000 the DVD Harald Schmidt was released - Disrespectful and without a prescription with short scenes from the shows. After the end of the Sat.1 phase, two best-of DVDs were released, on which excerpts could also be seen.

In 2012 Turbine Home Video released the DVD box The Harald Schmidt Show - The First Hundred Years with selected shows and promotions from the first Sat.1 phase as well as bonus material on seven DVDs. In 2014 the compilation The Second Hundred Years followed with similar content on six DVDs. In 2015, the content from both sets was published in a Blu-ray box, Much Best of Two Hundred Years, on two Blu-rays (in standard definition).

Best-of releases of the first two ARD years (2005 and 2006) with excerpts, six complete shows and additional material each appeared on two DVDs distributed by Constantin Film .


Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre dealt extensively in his book Remix (1999) in the chapter Gagschreiber with his time as a gag author on the Harald Schmidt Show . He reports that five permanent and ten freelance authors were employed for the stand-up, who received 175 DM for each joke sent. The jokes make Schmidt “TV-ready”, the authors only provide the raw mass. The interviews at the end of each show are actually not, but “talk show parody miniatures”. The show never describes the background, just the appearance: “We are the opposite of journalism. So there is a (1!) Basic idea in a topic, very simple, and the rest then has to be thought out, spun, and pointed. On the basis of clichés. ”Nobody is“ initially denounced ”, instead familiar topics and statements are used. The challenge when writing a gag is "to refine what is known, to tighten the screw a little, especially when a topic is really 'through'."


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b “Harald Schmidt Show” changes from Sat.1 to Sky by Thomas Lückerath on from May 1, 2012, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  2. Sky: “Harald Schmidt Show” starts a week earlier ( memento from June 22, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) on from June 19, 2012.
  3. Harald Schmidt has to improve significantly on Sat.1 by Uwe Mantel on from June 3, 2011, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  4. No contract extension: Sky withdraws “The Harald Schmidt Show” by Isabell Hülsen and Alexander Kühn on Spiegel Online from December 20, 2013.
  5. "Then that's it": Harald Schmidt's long farewell ( memento from December 24, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) dpa on from December 20, 2013.
  6. "Courier December 7, 1995 page 30".
  7. The interview is contained in the DVD box "The Harald Schmidt Show - The First Hundred Years" or the Blu-ray box "A lot of the best from two hundred years" - statements on the topic after about 66 minutes.
  8. Schawinski broadcast on February 16, 2015 on SRF 1 ( online).
  9. Harald Schmidt meets Roger Schawinski "Your entry was through my intro TV story" by Thomas Lückerath on on February 17, 2015, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  10. Harald Schmidt's annual review: Tough humor, heavy as lead by Peter Leveringhaus on Spiegel Online from January 30, 2003, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  11. FAZ.NET Special - The "Harald Schmidt Show" is discontinued by Jörg Thomann on on December 23, 2003, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  12. Harald Schmidt: A table and its history on Spiegel Online from February 6, 2004, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  13. "There is a desire to destroy myself" by Volker Corsten and Ulf Poschardt on on January 16, 2005, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  14. Private life: Harald Schmidt has had enough of late-night shows on Spiegel Online from June 16, 2007, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  15. The name says it all - ARD's new late night show: “Harald Schmidt” on on June 18, 2009, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  16. Harald Schmidt - The Employees ( Memento from September 12, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  17. Max Giermann joins Harald Schmidt's team from Alexander Krei on on September 10, 2010, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  18. Klaas is now part of the Harald Schmidt team on on November 5, 2010, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  19. One time ARD and back - Harald Schmidt switches to Sat. 1 on on September 13, 2010, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  20. Harald Schmidt costs 34 euros from September 4 on from June 17, 2012, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  21. Late-Night-Talk: Harald Schmidt goes back to Sat.1 on Spiegel Online from September 13, 2010, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  22. Late-Night-Talk: Harald Schmidt goes back to Sat.1 by Uwe Mantel on on September 13, 2010
  23. Warmed up and watched: Sat.1-Programm 11/12 by Uwe Mantel on from July 21, 2011, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  24. Sat.1-Late-Night: Harald Schmidt gets third quota grave on Spiegel Online from December 5, 2011, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  25. Sat.1 stops the “Harald Schmidt Show” on May 3rd by Thomas Lückerath on on March 28, 2012, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  26. Harald Schmidt: "Sky for me, heaven on earth" on from May 2, 2012, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  27. 0.00 million want to see Harald Schmidt on sü from September 7, 2012, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  28. TV quota for the “Harald Schmidt Show” - Sky calculates differently on from September 8, 2012, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  29. Harald Schmidt loses viewers on Salzburger Nachrichten on September 7, 2012, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  30. "Harald Schmidt Show" canceled - Last appearance for Dirty Harry by Michael Hanfeld on on December 20, 2013, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  31. Last Harald Schmidt Show from March 14, 2014 on
  32. Schmidt makes it short and painless, the audience not from Alexander Krei on from March 13, 2014, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  33. "Harald Schmidt Show": Comeback as a company event by Sidney Schering on July 4, 2014, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  34. Harald Schmidt and Peter Huemer in conversation in the stadtTheater walfischgasse on November 23, 2014 ( interview on after about 84 minutes: “I have now started to dismantle the set in which this was supposed to take place in my studio, I couldn't see it anymore. ")
  35. Harald Schmidt looks back with Playmobil - "Throw the shit from the station, it will never be something" by Alexander Krei on on March 5, 2014, accessed on January 31, 2016.
  36. The secret stars of the Harald-Schmidt Show: Mr. Wang and Mr. Li , Die Zeit, February 21, 1997
  37. Interview with Manuel Andrack in the DVD box "The Harald Schmidt Show - The First Hundred Years" or the Blu-ray box "A lot of the best from two hundred years" - statements on the subject after about 5 minutes.
  38. How is the "Harald Schmidt Show" doing on Sat.1? by Carsten Uekötter from January 17, 2012, accessed on January 31, 2016.
  39. Harald Schmidts Gagschreiber - A boring with a tendency to shoddy gags by Ulrike Derndinger on from January 22, 2012, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  40. New show on Sky with key words - Harald Schmidt relies on changing "sidekicks" on from August 29, 2012, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  41. "Harald Schmidt is the better Peymann" Interview by Florian Illies on from June 13, 2001.
  42. Berliner Ensemble: Applause for the shy Harald on from Nov. 26, 2001.
  43. The Kinderkick on , May 2, 2006, accessed on August 18, 2017
  44. What does Harald Schmidt have against Johannes B. Kerner? in on May 5, 2002, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  45. Harald Schmidt receives the German-French Journalist Award on on May 23, 2003, accessed on January 30, 2016.
  46. The Harald Schmidt Show on
  47. ^ Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre: Remix . KiWi 1999, ISBN 3-462-02854-5 , pp. 59-68.