A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some positive messages about friendship, bonding, and self-improvement.
Positive Role Models
Guests show humility, graciousness, compassion, and creativity.
The German series seems to cast for diversity (in the original three-episode run, 1/3 of the guests are persons of color, 2/3 are female).
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Violence & Scariness
Jokes are made about violence, including about mass shooters, but no violence appears on screen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of jokes about sexual acts are made, including jokes about phone sex and fetishes. No sex appears on screen.
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Mild profanity is used in the subtitles for Your Life Is a Joke, which may be more severe in the original German (e.g., the German word for "s--t" is translated as "crap"); other words include "balls," "bukkake," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Product placement of German products is rampant throughout Your Life Is a Joke.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Your Life Is a Joke is a German talk show/comedy series in which host Oliver Polak hangs out with guests all day and then roasts them at night. Guests will probably be unrecognizable for any viewers not deeply versed in contemporary German pop culture. So the show's appeal will likely come down to the premise of watching Polak gather material throughout his time with guests, which he then turns into a stand-up routine poking fun at them at the end of the episode. Topics include guests' careers and family life, mixed with banter containing sexual humor and other improv-style riffing.
Is It Any Good?
If the guests, the host, the settings, and the topics of discussion are all unfamiliar to American audiences, how does a German talk show stand a chance in the U.S.? Your Life Is a Joke has a strong premise (the host interviews guests and turns the interview into a stand-up routine) with crossover potential, but there's little of interest in the interviews or comedy themselves. Host Oliver Polak and guests talk about mundane subjects and joke around in ways that wouldn't even get laughs in a typical locker room. Comedy -- actual, funny comedy -- takes time and effort, neither of which are in play here.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.