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This is how clichéd the American idea of Germany still is

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This is how clichéd the American idea of Germany still is
Not a natural fit. Photo: DPA
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The US comedian came to Berlin in the summer to shoot material for an on-the-road version of his show. Word has it he visited some of the capital's grungier clubs and generally took in the city's alternative scene.

So why to God does the teaser to his show involve him dancing in lederhosen to the music of a moustachioed accordion player?

It is about as accurate as a German going to Honolulu and filming himself line dancing in cowboy garb.

To make it clear, America: Lederhosen and Berlin have nothing to do with each other. Apparently Oktoberfest has led you to believe that every German Fräulein wears a Dirndl and every man has a huge moustache and rosy cheeks. As wonderful as this sounds, it's far from the truth.

Lederhosen are only worn in the deep south, in Bavaria. If you want to see them, go to Munich or the Alps.

You would have hoped Berlin - a city world famous for its music, art and history - had something of its own to offer to the US comedian, amusing enough for him to put into a minute long teaser. Let's just hope the real show is slightly more accurate.

If you want to learn more about the things Americans believe about Germans that are totally wrong read this article.

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