Willy Reichert

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Willy Reichert (born August 30, 1896 in Stuttgart , † December 8, 1973 in Mietenkam in Chiemgau ) was a German comedian , popular actor and singer .


Willy Reichert was born in Stuttgart as the son of a foreman. After training at the Dr. From Morgenstern in Braunschweig he worked as a sugar technician in a sugar refinery in Hildesheim until he had to enter 1915 and become a soldier.

After the end of the First World War he took acting lessons from Max Bing at the Stuttgart State Theater. In 1921 his acting career began at the Stuttgart Schauspielhaus, where he worked after a few years in the provinces. a. at houses in Zwickau , Landsberg , Heilbronn and a detour to cabaret in Munich , returned in 1926. Here he played theater from 1926 to 1932. In the meantime he had developed from a young comedian with experience in the opera and operetta field to a prominent performing artist. With his own repertoire, Reichert soon no longer only appeared at the Friedrichsbau in Stuttgart, but at all of the larger variety theaters in the Reich.

In 1931, together with Oscar Heiler from Stuttgart, he invented the fictional characters “ Häberle and Pfleiderer ”. Until the 1940s, the comedian duo had great success with these Swabian characters on the variety stages of southern Germany. In the 1950s and 1960s, the two artists became popular through regular radio and (later) television broadcasts.

After the end of the war, Fritz Kortner brought Reichert back to the theater. He appeared again at the Stuttgart Schauspielhaus and in the Stuttgart Comedy.

In the 1950s, Reichert played, mostly as a native Swabian, in numerous homeland and entertainment films. In his last years he worked in various television series alongside radio work. He had great success in his leading roles in the TV series The guests of Felix Hechinger , Willy Reichert in… , Swabian stories , Chronicle of the Nägele family and Germany, your Swabians . In the television game The Bird Doesn't Let Singing , which was broadcast on his 70th birthday in 1966, he played the village pastor Michael von Jung .

Willy Reichert was also known as a singer of Swabian songs. The most successful ones, which are still played in the wish concerts today, are Where a green broom is waving , Karle Hank , Auf der Feuerbacher Heide , Auf dem Echterdenger Flugplatz , Dront am Neckar is a bench , Joggele, mei Bua (I am Soldat, vallera ) , M'r must be able to be lazy , Oh, it would be nice, i if i had enough money and Das Planelied .

Reichert was considered the popular Swabian humorist par excellence. Thaddäus Troll called him "the most famous and popular Swabian since Theodor Heuss died". However, he was not a comedian of loud laughter, rather a quarter philosopher (Reichert) who quietly smiles at his strange contemporaries . His sonorous bass organ underlined the cheerful, contemplative character in his charisma, the "deep amazement, the smile of the sage".

Willy Reichert, who also published numerous books and volumes of poetry in Swabian dialect, was awarded the Great Federal Cross of Merit in 1956 . He lived with his wife Elisabeth and his two children, Thomas and Julia, in Mietenkam in Chiemgau , where he died at the age of 77. Reichert was buried in the old parish cemetery in Grassau , Traunstein district. The Willy-Reichert-Staffel to Karlshöhe in Stuttgart-Süd was named after him.

Willy-Reichert-Staffel in Stuttgart-Süd
Grave of Willy Reichert
  • "Some things begin as an adventure and end as an expensive evening."
  • "Real humor is the enemy of fake seriousness"
  • "Look, the whole thing, strive / it has elles gaar koin sense / Because in your letschde shirt / You, I know you know / You are definitely koi Dasch me in!"
  • "Everyone wants to grow old, nobody wants to be old" (also attributed to Martin Held )

Works (selection)

  • Learn to laugh without complaining. Stuttgart 1938, 1952.
  • Swabian Schwätzle. Reclam Leipzig 1943.
  • I get rich. Aside from a quarter philosopher. Offenbach am Main 1963.
  • Together with Gerd Angermann, Willy Grüb, Franziska Bilek and others: Wonderful everyday life. Experienced by Willy Reichert. From a series of the Süddeutscher Rundfunk. Mühlacker 1965.
  • Together with Willy Grüb , Heinz Hartwig and Sepp Arnemann: Wonderful contemporaries. Smiled at by Willy Reichert. A series of the Süddeutscher Rundfunk. Mühlacker 1966.
  • Together with Heinz Hartwig: late harvest. Offenbach am Main 1966 (2nd edition 1974 under, ISBN 3-7836-0058-8 ).
  • Yes, we Swabians. Glosses, bon mots, anecdotes, verses, chats. Freiburg im Breisgau 1969.
  • A quarter of the best. More cheerful. Freiburg im Breisgau 1970.
  • The best from my Swabian collection of jokes and anecdotes. Munich 1972.
  • Together with Heinz Hartwig: Humor from Swabia. Freiburg im Breisgau 1974, ISBN 3-7786-0184-9 .
  • Whimsical world. Mühlacker 1974, ISBN 3-7987-0154-7 .
  • Together with Heinz Hartwig: Good mood from Swabia. Freiburg im Breisgau 1976, ISBN 3-7786-0190-3 .

In addition, Willy Reichert - mostly together with Oscar Heiler - numerous records released recordings. As early as 1930 he was reviewing several records with dialect lectures for Odeon and Grammophon.

Sound documents (selection)

  • Recordings on gramophone:
2542 (mx. 4342 BR) Vom Karle Hank (Text: Görlich and Eberle)
24 542 (mx. 4343 BR) Oh dees would be great (cellar)
24 544 (mx. 4344 BR) Ha oui ha oui ond Ha yes ha yes (Reichert)
24 544 (mx. 4345 BR) Line 1 (Reichert)
  • Recordings on Odeon:
O-11 289 (Be 9176) Line 16 (Reichert) / (Be 9181) Die Kuh (Waldau)
O-11 290 (Be 9183) In the Swabian café (Reichert) / (Be 9177) Heavenly (Reichert)
O-2815 (Be 7848) Auf dr 'schwäb'sche Eisebahne, folk song / (Be 7847) Auf' em Wase grase d'Hase, folk song
O-2816 (Be 7849) I am a soldier, vallera! / (Be 7846) The trees are in bloom again on the Bopser, parody (music: Rob. Stolz, text: W. Reichert)


a) on CD

  • Willy Reichert. Schmidmusic publishing house, ISBN 978-3-87407-402-5 . Content: On em Echterdenger Flugplatz - Dront 'am Necker there is a bench - Line 1 - It would be nice if I had enough money - M'r must be able to faulenza -' s Lotterle - The inheritance - Stuegerter souvenirs - Wonderful, you brothers - Joggele, mei Bua - Angellied - Das Hobellied.
  • Willy Reichert sings Christmas songs and reads Swabian Christmas stories. Volkston Records / Schmidmusic publishing house, ISBN 978-3-87407-460-5 .
  • Memories of Willy Reichert. Volkston Records / Schmidmusic publishing house, ISBN 978-3-87407-455-1 .
  • Häberle & Pfleiderer: So, so - yes, yes ... With Willy Reichert & Oskar Heiler. Historical original recordings. CD, Verlag Volkston Records / Schmidmusic, ISBN 978-3-87407-401-8 .
  • 100 years of Friedrichsbau-Varieté Stuttgart. Historical shellac rarities (1910–1941). Robert Kreis presents. Verlag Mäule & Gosch, ISBN 978-3-87407-450-6 .

b) on DVD

  • Willy Reichert: Swabian all sorts. Humoresques on 2 DVDs. Verlag in-akustik, ISBN 978-3-8425-1901-5 .
  • Willy Reichert: The Chronicle of the Nägele Family. TV classic from 1968: All eight episodes on 3 DVDs. Verlag in-akustik, ISBN 978-3-87407-497-1 .
  • Willy Reichert, among others: Germany your Swabians - Everything about Swabia based on the successful book by Thaddäus Troll, all five episodes on 2 DVDs. Schwabenlandfilm (SWR-TV), 2012, ISBN 978-3-8425-1907-7 .


  • Klaus Budzinski:  Reichert, Willy. In: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 21, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2003, ISBN 3-428-11202-4 , p. 314 f. ( Digitized version ).
  • Horst Jaedicke : Willy Reichert: he wanted everything except Swabian; a biography. Hohenheim-Verlag, Stuttgart / Leipzig 2010, ISBN 978-3-89850-200-9 .
  • Uli Keuler : Häberle and Pfleiderer. On the history, style and function of a popular entertainment series. (Studies by the Ludwig Uhland Institute at the University of Tübingen, Volume 78). Tübinger Vereinigung für Volkskunde eV, Tübingen 1992, ISBN 3-925340-77-7 .
  • Berthold Leimbach: audio documents of cabaret and their interpreters 1898-1945. Self-published, Göttingen 1991, DNB 911350551 .
  • Rainer E. Lotz, Andreas Masel: National Discography, Discography of German Cabaret. Volume 4, Lotz, Bonn 1996, ISBN 3-9803461-6-1 .


Web links

Commons : Willy Reichert  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Horst Jaedicke: Willy Reichert: he wanted everything except Swabian; a biography. Hohenheim-Verlag, Stuttgart / Leipzig 2010, ISBN 978-3-89850-200-9 , p. 55.
  2. Deutsches Bühnen-Jahrbuch 1975 , Volume 83, Genossenschaft Deutscher Bühnen-Anerbeiger (Ed.), Günther & Sohn, 1975, p. 55.
  3. a b c Berthold Leimbach: Sound documents of the cabaret and their interpreters 1898–1945. Self-published, Göttingen 1991, DNB 911350551 .
  4. Willy Reichert at steffi-line
  5. The grave of Willy Reichert on knerger.de
  6. Markus M. Ronner: The best punchlines of the 20th century. Bindlach 1990, ISBN 3-8112-0670-2 .
  7. Willy Reichert on zitate.eu, accessed on July 7, 2017.
  8. Song text for M'r muass a faulenze kann (see Willy Reichert: - Mer mueß au faulenze kann at staff-www.uni-marburg.de, accessed on July 7, 2017).