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 controversy

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]


1997Adolf Grimme AwardFiction/Entertainment
1997BambiTV Hosting
1997RTL Golden Lion AwardBest Hosting for a TV Show
1999Bayerischer FernsehpreisHosting
2000Deutscher FernsehpreisBest Host in a Comedy Program
2001Deutscher FernsehpreisBest Host in an Entertainment Program
2002Goldene KameraEntertainment
2002Adolf Grimme AwardOutstanding Individual Achievement
2003Deutscher FernsehpreisBest Comedy Program

List of episodes in 2011 (abridgement)

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


  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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