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Bernhard Victor Christoph Carl von Bülow, one of Germany’s most highly regarded humorists, was born 12 November 1923 and left this world on 22 August 2011. He was better known by his nom de plume of Loriot, the French translation of his surname Bülow, which is German for the oriole bird. Vicco (as his Christian names were shortened to) von Bülow began drawing cartoons for Stern in the 1950s. From cartoons he moved into television in the 1970s and films the following decade. Loriot’s humour focussed on the peculiarities of German people including the awkwardness of everyday situations and miscommunication in human interaction.

Asked in 2007 to describe what his influences were, he said: “I remember that, when I started studying, I was living between a madhouse, a prison and a cemetery. The location alone explains everything, I think.” Lexicographically, he will be remembered for introducing into German the term ‘yodel diploma’ signifying a worthless degree — what in Britain is known as a ‘mickey mouse degree’.

Loriot fans will miss his knowing eyes peering out from behind those familiar reading glasses. R.I.P.

The Advent poem about the forester being murdered by his wife.

This post was published on Sunday, October 16th, 2011 8:10 pm. It has been categorised under Comics Germany and been tagged under , .
Baron v Hetterscheidt
19 Oct 2011 8:19 pm

I won’t deny the brilliance of his humour of course.
What only an insider (or a German) will know is that the excruciatingly hideous decor in that last clip is only slightly exaggerated. The Germans really do not get good taste.

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