What happens when you write a zany sitcom about Adolf Hitler, his wife and their Jewish next door neighbors? Well, not a whole lot.
“Heil Honey, I’m Home,” a British comedy show produced in 1990, only made it one episode in before it was promptly pulled off the air.
The show’s creator Geoff Atkinson spoke to Entertainment Weekly last week about his ill-fated sitcom, and explained that the aim was to “laugh at bullies.”
“It seems like the right thing to do; as we speak, somebody’s probably writing a Trump sitcom,” Atkinson said. “I would love to write a Trump sitcom.”
Atkinson went onto say that poking fun of Hitler was actually an important move.
“If you have a monster like that, and everyone says, ‘You can’t make fun of him,’ then we’ve made him even more a monster,” he said. “That’s what fascists want, to keep people in fear of them, when surely we should be debunking and destroying them.”
The writer does have his regrets though — like maybe he should have nixed the show’s drunken conga line.
“I think if we got it right, it would have been fantastic, and I’d rather that than yet another sitcom about a 30-something couple that hasn’t really got that much to say,” he said.
‘Transparent’ creator Jill Soloway referred to Donald Trump as “the inheritor to Hitler” at the Emmys.
The Republican presidential candidate “needs to be called out every chance we get as one of the most dangerous monsters to ever approach our lifetimes,” Soloway told reporters backstage.
“He’s a complete dangerous monster,” she said. “Any moment I have to call out Donald Trump as the inheritor to Hitler, I will.”
Soloway who is Jewish, won an Emmy for best directing for a comedy series. Transparent is based on Solway’s father who came out as transgender, and has been called the “Jewiest show ever.”
During season two, Transparent had several flash backs to Nazi Germany. Backstage, Soloway called the Holocaust-related storyline “incredible” timely given our current political climate.
“Jews were other-ized in Nazi Germany to gain political power for Hitler, and right now Donald Trump is doing the same thing,” Soloway said.
“He calls people pigs if they don’t look like beauty pageant contestants. He blames Muslims and Mexicans for our problems. He makes fun of disabled people.”
Soloway was not the only celebrity who attacked the Republican front runner at the Emmys.
Host Jimmy Kimmel pointed out the creator of the Apprentice, the show that helped Donald Trump rise to fame, sitting in the audience: “Thanks to Mark Burnett, we don’t have to watch reality shows anymore, because we’re living them,” Kimmel said.
David Mandel, the executive producer of the political comedy Veep, said backstage that some of the satirical ideas they come up with “pale in comparison to that madman threatening Hillary Clinton, not once but twice.”
Mandel also gave a shout-out to all the “chubby Jews from the Upper West Side” when he excepted Veep’s Emmy for outstanding comedy series. “Wherever you are, thank you!” he added.
Lilly Maier is a news intern at the Forward. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @lillymmaier.
The Internet reverberated yesterday with details about how, exactly, neo-Nazis identify and target Jews on social media and online. By placing an “echo,” a symbol consisting of three parentheses around a (((Jewish-sounding name))), white supremacists and anti-Semites — many of them self-identified Trump supporters — signal to each other who is (((Jewish))) and band together to harass, intimidate and flood their social media accounts with Holocaust and anti-Semitic imagery.
Jared Kushner, Trump’s Jewish son in law, was even listed on a database of Jewish individuals to target. The list, though alarming, is not quite complete, so we thought we could help out the anti-Semites by sending out echoes of our own:
(((Mel Brooks))) killed it as Adolf Hitler in “The Producers.”
(((Jesus of Nazareth))), a (((Jew))) who preached love and peace.
(((Woody Allen))) was a “real” Jew in “Annie Hall.”
(((Moses))), the original Nice (((Jewish))) boy.
The (((Statue of Liberty))), stands for no one faith but for American values of tolerance and openness.
Just when you think Sarah Silverman can’t possibly do anything else to shock you, she goes ahead and does just that.
In a must-see interview with Conan O’Brien, Silverman stepped out in full Nazi garb as Adolf Hitler to the sound of thunderous applause, addressing the recent “unfavorable” comparisons to GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
“Don’t get me wrong, Conan, I agree with a lot of what he says. A lot. Like 90% of what he says, I’m like this guy gets it,” Silverman, erm, Hitler said. “But it’s just, I don’t like the way he says it. It’s crass, you know?”
“What kind of person talks about his penis size on national television?” Der Fuhrer asked. “I famously have a micropenis, that’s what makes a tyrant.”
“Hitler, I am very sorry to hear about your micropenis,” O’Brien said, referring to the recently unearthed medical reports that claim Hitler not only had an extremely petit penis but also just one testicle.
“If I had a gold filling every time I heard that,” Silverman quipped to the sound of gasps and muffled laughter. “Ohhhh, I can’t believe Hitler went there,” she mocked the audience.
But really, Hitler was there to clear the air about Trump. “All these comparisons to Trump, it’s like, it bums me out, you know what I mean? Sometimes I watch him and I’m like, ‘Is that how people see me?’ And I have to be honest, Trump, he’s starting to make me rethink some of the things I’ve done.”
Really? Nope. Hitler added, “Ah, who am I kidding? I got to be me!”
Watch the full video here:
Have you ever wondered what Hitler would do with access to Google? No? Well here’s your chance to find out.
“Er ist wieder da” (Look Who’s Back) premiered in Germany earlier this month and quickly stole the top spot at the country’s box office. The film, based on Timur Vermes’ 2012 novel by the same name, imagines a modern Hitler comeback.
Basic plot: Adolf Hitler wakes up in a vacant lot in Berlin. The year is 3011. He has no memories post-1945, but tries to make sense of this brave new world — from a Nazi perspective. Thus, as Gavriel Rosenfeld wrote in his Forward review of the book, “he believes the presence of Turks on Berlin’s streets is a legacy of his successor Karl Doenitz’s effort to bring Turkey into the war on Germany’s side. And he erroneously thinks that Wikipedia’s linguistic resemblance to Wikinger, the German word for Vikings, means that the website has Aryan roots.”
Angry that no one believes his true identity, Hitler, who has clearly quickly adopted our 21st century ways, goes on a racist rant during an TV appearance. As a result, he becomes a Youtube sensation and gets his own show. Natch.
The Herald Sun has described the movie’s style as Borat-like, given Oliver Masucci’s (who plays Hitler) “unplanned encounters with with unsuspecting German bystanders.”
The story is undoubtedly funny. Hitler in jeans? And as Rosenfeld wrote in his review, the book managed to “tempers its slapstick style with a moralistic message,” avoiding accusations of being soft on Nazism. By humanizing Hitler, you hold him accountable.
(Spoiler alert: The Fuhrer gets his comeuppance at the end, with the help of a heavy dose of irony.)
But Rosenfeld also pointed out that laughing at Hitler holds its own set of risks: namely, it “normalizes the Nazi past” for a German audience.
“Ever since the films of Charlie Chaplin,Ernst Lubitsch and Mel Brooks, Anglo-American audiences have laughed at Hitler. But only in the past decade have Germans begun to do so. Films such as Dani Levy’s “My Führer” and comic books such as Walter Moers’s “Adolf the Nazi Pig” testify to a growing German desire to become as “normal” as their Anglo-American neighbors and laugh at the Führer. “Er Ist Wieder Da” shows the dangers inherent in this desire, but the book’s best-seller status speaks to its ongoing appeal.”
Whether or not that’s good or bad remains to be seen.
Watch the trailer below:
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