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Czech Black Humor

Postby EinBlauerHai » 05-Oct-07 19:12

I've heard that Czechs greatly enjoy black humor. I spent the first 10 years of my life in Germany and the rest here in America, so I'm well aware that different cultures have different conceptions of what 'black humor' is ... and how black it can get. Americans tend to take it less black than the Germans do :lol:

I'm curious to find some movies and songs that display typically Czech black humor. Could anyone make a few recommendations for me?

To give you an idea of what I'm looking for, here are some typically German examples:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkVVriZUghE&NR=1 -- A song that says you have to be an a-hole to get anywhere in this world

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li2t_XbXaRY -- A very dark parody of German love-songs -- very catchy too :lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1tkVcRydTM -- A parody of lullabies -- this song was censored by the German government for a long time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lork4zxRGxI -- Rammstein goes to Moskau to inform the residents there, how their city is like an aging, overweight prostitute who will do anything for money -- clearly, the audience either agrees with this sentiment, or doesn't speak German :lol:
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Postby Sigma » 05-Oct-07 21:35

EinBlauerHai wrote:I'm curious to find some movies and songs that display typically Czech black humor. Could anyone make a few recommendations for me?


Knoflíkáři

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0128292/
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Postby wer » 05-Oct-07 22:25

And what you consider a black humor? For me it’s a humor interfering with some taboos. Something like B. Franklin’s quote:

We must all hang together or, assuredly, we shall all hang separately.

Or the joke I heard (if I remember it correctly) from A. Lustig:

Im Gaskammer:
„Gas steigt!“
„Ich kaufe!“


In “Knoflíkáři” there is rather dry or absurd humor, isn’t? Speaking of Czech black humor, I would highlight “Cremator” or “Česká soda” as suggested by eso.

I like this video from Česká soda. It’s a parody of an Unicef campaign.

Miloš Zeman - statesman
Jan Zákopčaník - hydrometeorolog
Ladislav Winkelbauer - murder
Vlasta Štěpová - politician
Jan Kava - (cover name) KATO
Vladimír Mlynář - politician
Marta Kubišová - singer
Julius Fučík - communist
Jaroslav Foglar - (nickname) Hawk

All these childern were f**king buggers.
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Postby EinBlauerHai » 06-Oct-07 0:35

Thanks, guys! I like the Česká soda spoofs :lol: It seems a lot of Czech black humor revolves around Germans and/or WWII. Whereas German black humor condemns the entire human race :twisted:

So, are there any Czech bands that have blackly humorous song lyrics?


wer wrote:And what you consider a black humor? For me it’s a humor interfering with some taboos.


That's a good way to define it, I think. The Arnošt Lustig joke you mention is a good example of that!

Basically, black humor invites us to laugh at those things which should make us either very angry or very sad.
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Postby Eleshar » 06-Oct-07 13:25

If you want black humour, see this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr2wFOhu ... ed&search=
(játra = liver, ledviny = kidneys, slezina = spleen; vidíme byznys za vším = we see business in everything)
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Postby EinBlauerHai » 11-Oct-07 19:52

Eleshar wrote:If you want black humour, see this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr2wFOhu ... ed&search=
(játra = liver, ledviny = kidneys, slezina = spleen; vidíme byznys za vším = we see business in everything)
:twisted:


Yeah, that wouldn't be considered funny by most Americans -- but I like it :twisted:

I'm wondering what's going on in this Česká soda clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig6VFhFAlz8

I can pick up a few words that I know, but the joke here is beyond my feeble Czech abilities. The title is easy enough -- 'Go little Jesus go'. But where the hell's he going :lol:
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Postby eso » 11-Oct-07 20:13

EinBlauerHai wrote:
Eleshar wrote:If you want black humour, see this:

I'm wondering what's going on in this Česká soda clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig6VFhFAlz8

I can pick up a few words that I know, but the joke here is beyond my feeble Czech abilities. The title is easy enough -- 'Go little Jesus go'. But where the hell's he going :lol:


In Czech Republic it's not Santa, who brings Christmas presents, no, here it's invisible baby Jesus (kind invention of our atheist nation ;) )

Linked Youtube video is parody to mobil operator commercial (Go is name of pre-paid card service, "Go, Ježíšku, go" was slogan).
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Postby GlennInFlorida » 11-Oct-07 23:40

Eleshar wrote:If you want black humour, see this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr2wFOhu ... ed&search=
(játra = liver, ledviny = kidneys, slezina = spleen; vidíme byznys za vším = we see business in everything)
:twisted:


Not funny - just plain old fashioned good business

:wink: :wink: riiight.....
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