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Can someone explain why this German language joke is funny?

I heard a joke from Swiss comedian/satirist Hazel Brugger on popular German TV show "Die Heute Show" and I didn't understand why it was funny. But I told it to several German friends and ...
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A joke in German that I don't understand. Is it a language difference or is it that I just don't get it?

I am not a German speaker at any level so I used Google to translate the following: Holy shit der spricht so gut Deutsch, meine Steuererklärung ist feucht geworden From a comment following this video ...
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Are there German paraprosdokians? [closed]

A paraprosdokian is a sentence that starts out leading the reader/listener to think it is heading one direction, but then it has a surprise ending. For instance, Groucho Marx, "I've had a wonderful ...
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Pattern jokes in German culture?

I came across this website with a selection of (somewhat dark) jokes with this format: Alle Kinder ..., nur nicht [Name], [rhyming couplet] Is this format of joke common and comparable to knock knock ...
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Understanding the point of a kölsche Witz

Zwei kölsche Putzfrauen bei der Arbeit. Die eine: „Ich mach’ Diät.“ Darauf die andere: „Jot, dann maach ich die Finster.“ I can guess that 'Diät' here is a play on words for something like 'die …' ...
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What does that mean when a German said 'nasty beast' to you? [closed]

A German friend said this to me once. Does nasty beast have special meaning in German language?
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Explain a joke: altbacken + Amerika

I came across a joke that I don't get. Wie kommt ein frisch gebackenes Brötchen nach Amerika? –– Altbacken! What does altbacken have to do with America?
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Stereotypes: could it be that this joke is not from German cultural background?

I recently heard this joke: Kennst du den Unterschied zwischen der Hölle und dem Himmel? Also, Himmel ist ein Hotel, da ist der deutsche Hotelleiter, der Franzose ist in der Küche, der Italiener ...
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What does »Guat« mean in this joke?

The following short joke called Der Karabiner und der Gurt comes from Der Spiegel: Sagt ein Gurt zum Karabiner: "Lass mich jetzt ja nicht hängen!" Sagt der Karabiner zum Gurt: "Jo, Guat!" What ...
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What do Haumich und Pflaumich mean?

Haumich und Pflaumich sitzen auf dem Baum. Der Pflaumich fällt runter. Wer sitzt noch auf dem Baum? Could you please translate this joke or whatever it is? I also heard a phrase by non-native ...
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Intended meaning of "Schrottsemmel"

In the section "Hohlspiegel" of der Spiegel is the following: Schrottsemmel 3 Stück 0,99 Euro (Aus der Bäckerei-Werbung in der Südwest Presse) I'm guessing it must be funny because "...
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Warum haben deutsche Witze das Verb am Anfang? [duplicate]

Witze haben im Deutschen häufig eine Verb-initial-Wortstellung (der Linguist sagt auch V1): Kommt ein Betrunkener zum Photographen und lallt: „Bitte machen Sie ein Gruppenfoto von mir!“ – Sagt der ...
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A joke from “The Magic Mountain”/“Der Zauberberg” translated into English?

I’m reading Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain in the English translation by John E. Woods, and I have come across a passage I don’t quite understand. The character Joachim is telling Hans about a ...
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Humour/Comedy websites in German [closed]

Are there any websites out there which offer a large repository of jokes and humour in German? I'm looking for something similar to, for example, www.9gag.com or Comedy Central's www.jokes.com.
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"Kommt ein Mann in eine Kneipe..." - Wieso haben Witze diesen besonderen Satzbau?

Wenn jemand einen Satz in der Form "Kommt ein Mann in eine Kneipe..." beginnt, kann der Zuhörer ziemlich sicher sein, dass gerade ein Witz erzählt wird. Aber wieso gibt es im Deutschen diese ...
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"Leider, leider, sogt Beschneider"

I walked past a chess game in Munich, where someone had just played a very bad move. An old gentleman exclaimed: Leider, leider, sogt Beschneider. It's probable that I misheard a bit. I suppose ...
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