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Your Life Is a Joke

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

German talk show and stand-up combo features sexual humor.

TV Netflix Comedy 2021
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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.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: November 9, 2021
  • Cast: Oliver Polak
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: February 18, 2023

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