R.I.P. Loriot

Loriot, the greatest German humorist that ever lived, died yesterday.


His sketches and cartoons are still as relevant and funny as they were decades ago when they were first aired/published. I doubt I will live long enough to see another comedian who’s able to match the standard he set. Loriot was a keen observer of the German nature, the petty bourgeois was the main target, but not victim, of his humor. In his sketches, seemingly ordinary situations featuring ordinary people subtly escalated into absurdity.

The following sketch doesn’t require proficiency in German except for his last sentence: “The picture is crooked.”

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