From the theme tune to the bagger bet: “Wetten, dass.?” is not Germany’s most successful Saturday evening show, but much more: a journey through time.
Gottschalk as a feeling
So a lot of people are likely to have felt a little younger, more liberated, more carefree when they watched Thommy how he scoffed his way through the evening. He sent nearly 14 million people to a better and easier world that wasn’t long ago and seems so damn far away.
Gottschalk as a feeling. He likes to overshadow gag and airtime, but nothing is wrong with him. He can touch women, spread anecdotes full-length, and look forward to sisters playing toilet brushes. But he takes his audience seriously – and with him. He satisfies the longing for the ideal world and is the best therapist for a nation that has recently laughed too often too seldom.