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New Barth Show "The Truth About Men and Women": "When Dad has been drinking, he's also funny"
Celebrities, children and clichés: In his new RTL show "The Truth About Men and Women", Mario Barth relies on a recipe that actually always works on television. Barth fans will have fun doing it, everyone else at least sometimes.
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If you believe a popular online lexicon, then a cliché is "a formerly innovative idea, idiom, work of art or stylistic device that now seems out of date, worn or overused. The cliché exists as something mentally or linguistically template-like."
If you also believe your own eyes and ears, then Mario Barth is a comedian who likes to work with clichés. One could also say that Barth's concept of humor is based solely on clichés. His favorite clichés are about men and women: "Men are lazy, women say" and so on.
That's perfectly fine, as long as you can classify your jokes. The fact that Barth is so successful with his penchant for man-woman clichés may also be due to the fact that he has the greatest possible common denominator. After all, the vast majority of people are either men or women.
Who sits longer in the toilet?
And Barth's concept works in so many ways: in the stadium, on television, on stage, on T-shirts or in dictionaries. For his new show "The Truth About Man and Woman", Barth has chosen a new slide for his gender stereotypes that achieves the same social consensus: children.
The reason is simple, as Barth explains: "We have had questions burning under our nails for years and you don't get the truth from your partner. Who is telling the truth: drunks and children." Leggings also tell the truth, but Barth focuses on the children in his show.
It works like this: Barth asked 100 primary school children what they think of men and women. In the studio, the audience divided into sexes then has to guess how the majority of the children have answered.
Since it is now part of the good tone of every TV show that celebrities get involved, six celebrities are also allowed to guess at Barth.
In the opening sequence, these were Frank Buschmann, Steffen Henssler and Ingo Appelt on behalf of the men and Angela Finger-Erben, Sophia Thomalla and Janine Kunze for the women.
The questions were fed by what men’s groups and girls’s evenings have to offer after the third glass of wine: Who sits longer in the toilet - men or women? Who is funnier, mom or dad? Do you have to say "I love you" to your partner every day? Can you tell someone that they smell like sweat?
"What kind of a man do you all have?"
The real fun of the show is not the tips from the celebrities or the audience, but the well-rehearsed answers of the children to the questions. Do you have to say "I love you" to your partner every day? "No, you can remember that too," replies one girl, for example. When asked if mom is funnier, there is a "If dad has been drinking, he's funny too."
This is where Barth's new show has its most entertaining moments. It always becomes difficult when the celebrities on the sofa don't go much further than the hackneyed slogans: "God has already thought something about us women having children. Otherwise we would have been extinct for a long time," knows, for example Janine Kunze to contribute to the question of who complains more about illnesses.
In the meantime, even Frank Buschmann, who himself is known for striking sayings, notices that something like this is pretty lame. When it comes to the "I love you" question, Buschmann turns to the celebrity ladies without any irony: "What kind of image do you all have of men? That's pathetic!"
Always the same story
What does the whole thing have to do with the truth about men and women, one or the other might ask? Nothing, of course, or at least almost nothing.
Is that at least funny? Depends on. Anyone who has one of Mario Barth's numerous man-woman sayings T-shirts hanging in their closet will be able to pat their thighs again at this show.
In addition to Mario Barth, there are and have been a whole series of comedians who find and have found their audience with gender clichés. Even greats like Loriot have worked with it. Still, most of them had more than just the same story to tell.
Barth's gender fixation has been working for 15 years now. It is to be hoped that - when the last "Men sit in the loo for a long time" - Kalauer is told - his audience does not think the same way about him as the girl on the show thinks about his mother: "Mom only knows one joke. "
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