Series / Schillerstrasse
Schillerstrasse (Schiller Street) was a German improvisational comedy show that aired from 2004 to 2011. It was recorded without a script, in front of a live audience and broadcasted unedited. Hilarity Ensues. The American broadcaster Fox bought the rights to the show and is going to make its own version of it. Since 2009 it’s been broadcast in Russia as Южное Бутово (Juschnoje butowo, South Butovo).
The Setting is the living room of the main actor (Cordula Stratmann until 2008, Jürgen Vogel from 2009 to 2011), who lives in the fictional Schillerstraße in Cologne and is often visited by friends and relatives. There’s also the Schillereck, a pub near the aparment, owned by Cordula’s friend Bernhard Hoëcker.
The actors only know the topic of the episode, everything else is improvised. The cast recieves directions from the Spielleiter (Game Master) on their headphones, which can lead from mostly harmless stuff like Cordula: Imitate your mother to absurdities like Annette: You desire the bar stool. Of course, all the directions have to be carried out as fast as possible.
The first main cast consisted of Cordula Stratmann, Annette Frier, Martin Maddin Schneider, Michael Kessler and Ralf Schmitz.
Compare Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which has a similar concept.
- Absentee Actor: Cordula was on maternity leave for the last eight episodes of season 3. Explained in-universe as her being on a reducing diet and leading to the creation of Schillereck.
- Baby Talk: A direction for Ralf in Ep. 2
- Breaking the Fourth Wall:
Schillerstrasse (Schiller Street) was a German improvisational comedy show that aired from 2004 to 2011. It was recorded without a script, in front of a …
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