'I really would have liked to love, but I didn’t trust myself to allow it'. - - 'Today is the good old times of tomorrow'. (Karl Valentin)
Karl Valentin (born Valentin Ludwig Fey, 4 June 1882, Munich - 9 February 1948, Planegg, Germany) was a Bavarian comedian, cabaret performer, clown, author and film producer who had significant influence on German Weimar culture. Valentin, as a star of many silent films in the 1920s, was sometimes called the "Charlie Chaplin of Germany".
Valentin's naïve sense of humour produced sketches that in spirit were loosely connected to dadaism, social expressionism and the Neue Sachlichkeit. His art centered mostly around linguistic dexterity and wordplay—Valentin was a linguistic anarchist. His comedy would often begin with simple verbal misunderstandings, on which he would insist as the sketch progressed.
The notable critic Alfred Kerr praised him as a Wortzerklauberer, or someone who tears apart words and language to forcefully extract and dissect its inherent meaning. His sketches often parodied and derided "shopkeepers, firemen, military band players, professionals with small roles in the economy and the defence of society".
Er hat mit seinem dialektischen Humor zahlreiche nachfolgende Künstler beeinflusst, darunter Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett, Loriot und Helge Schneider.
Kuuluisa koomikkoduo Karl Valentin ja Liesl Karlstadt rustaavat tässä tuubauksessa pateettista kirjettä ystävälle, mikäli oikein ymmärrän.