Die Harald Schmidt Show

Die Harald Schmidt Show (English: The Harald Schmidt Show) was a German late night talk show hosted on Sky Deutschland by comedian Harald Schmidt.[1] The show first aired from 5 December 1995 to 23 December 2003 on Sat.1. Schmidt then moved his show to Das Erste as Harald Schmidt and Schmidt & Pocher, but he returned to Sat.1 on 13 September 2011.[2] After cancellation on Sat.1, the show continued on Sky Deutschland in September 2012. Schmidt retired from television in 2014.

Die Harald Schmidt Show
Presented byHarald Schmidt
Composer(s)Helmut Zerlett
Country of originGermany
Original language(s)German
No. of episodes1700+ in 17 seasons
Production location(s)Studio 449, Cologne
Running time43 min.
Production company(s)Kogel & Schmidt GmbH
Original networkSat.1
Original release5 December 1995 - 23 December 2003
13 September 2011 - 13 March 2014


  • Peter Rütten
  • Manuel Andrack
  • Suzana Novinščak
  • Nathalie Licard
  • Ralf Kabelka
  • Katrin Bauerfeind


The house band is led by Helmut Zerlett


The first incarnation of the show aired from 5 December 1995 in the Tuesday-Saturday 11:15 pm time slot. The shows from Tuesday to Friday were live on tape, and the Saturday shows were live. Over time, the Saturday shows were phased out. From 30 June 2003 until the end of its first run on 23 December 2003, it also aired Monday shows.

Schmidt then moved to Das Erste with his band leader Helmut Zerlett, but without his sidekick Manuel Andrack. Schmidt moved back to Sat.1 beginning from 13 September 2011, hosting two shows a week every Tuesday and Wednesday at 11:15 pm.[3] Sat.1 canceled the show after one season due to low viewer levels.[4] Since 4 September 2012 new episodes are shown on Sky Hits HD and Sky Atlantic HD, two channels of the German Pay-TV network Sky Deutschland.[5]

The format of the show is similar to American late night talk shows, with a monologue in the beginning, followed by comedy skits, interviews, and a musical guest.

Polish joke controversyEdit

Schmidt was criticized for multiple usage of Polish jokes in his show. In his interview, Schmidt stated that he was surprised with the reaction. He mentioned that nobody makes much fuss about jokes involving Japanese or Germans. However, when he became aware of the reception, he stopped using these kinds of jokes.[6][7][8]


Year Award Category
1997 Adolf Grimme Award Fiction/Entertainment
1997 Bambi TV Hosting
1997 RTL Golden Lion Award Best Hosting for a TV Show
1999 Bayerischer Fernsehpreis Hosting
2000 Deutscher Fernsehpreis Best Host in a Comedy Program
2001 Deutscher Fernsehpreis Best Host in an Entertainment Program
2002 Goldene Kamera Entertainment
2002 Adolf Grimme Award Outstanding Individual Achievement
2003 Deutscher Fernsehpreis Best Comedy Program

List of episodes in 2011 (abridgement)Edit

# Original airdate Guest(s)
1 Tuesday 13 September 2011 Hape Kerkeling, Guano Apes
2 Wednesday 14 September 2011 Anne-Sophie Mutter
3 Tuesday 20 September 2011 Joko Winterscheidt, Klaas Heufer-Umlauf, Aloe Blacc
4 Wednesday 21 September 2011 Jürgen von der Lippe, Selah Sue
5 Tuesday 27 September 2011 Josef Bierbichler, Caro Emerald
6 Wednesday 28 September 2011 Herbert Grönemeyer, Jools Holland
7 Tuesday 4 October 2011 Samy Deluxe
8 Wednesday 5 October 2011 Werner Herzog, James Morrison
9 Tuesday 11 October 2011 Melanie Mühl, Lady Antebellum
10 Wednesday 12 October 2011 Julie Engelbrecht, Rea Garvey
11 Tuesday 18 October 2011 Leander Haußmann, Seasick Steve
12 Wednesday 19 October 2011 Wolke Hegenbarth, Alison Moyet
13 Tuesday 25 October 2011 Michael Mittermeier, Jonathan Jeremiah
14 Wednesday 26 October 2011 Otto Waalkes, Milow
15 Wednesday 2 November 2011 Roland Emmerich, Kasabian
16 Tuesday 8 November 2011 Götz Alsmann
17 Wednesday 9 November 2011 David Garrett
18 Tuesday 15 November 2011 Felix Sturm, Black Stone Cherry
19 Wednesday 16 November 2011 Til Schweiger, Kenny Wayne Shepherd
20 Tuesday 22 November 2011 Lemmy, Motörhead
21 Wednesday 23 November 2011 Angelika Kallwass, Jupiter Jones [de]


  1. ^ ZEIT ONLINE GmbH, Hamburg, Germany (2 May 2012). "Fernsehen: Harald Schmidt wechselt zum Bezahlsender Sky". ZEIT ONLINE. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  2. ^ DWDL.de GmbH. "Aufgewärmt und abgeschaut: Sat.1-Programm 11/12". DWDL.de. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  3. ^ SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg, Germany (13 September 2010). "Late-Night-Talk: Harald Schmidt geht zurück zu Sat.1". SPIEGEL ONLINE. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  4. ^ http://tagesschau.de/kultur/haraldschmidt108.html
  5. ^ "The Latest Entertainment & Hollywood News". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Polska mnie interesuje". wprost.pl. 2007.
  7. ^ "I śmieszno, i smutno". wprost.pl. 2007.
  8. ^ "Zabrakło dowcipów o Polakach?". wprost.pl. 12.09.2003. Check date values in: |date= (help)

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