The stereotype about Germans being super-serious is totally true. Those dudes mean business. I asked a lot of people what there favorite comedies were, and they didn’t really know. And I asked people if they had senses of humor, and they would just say “yes” or “no,” and they wouldn’t explain it. I’d have to go back again to pin-down what the older generation laughs at, but it doesn’t seem like a lot.
While we were there we visited this place called The Humor Institute, which is run by a very nice woman, who, for someone teaching senses of humor, doesn’t really have one. The institute is all about charts and how to put a joke together and what is and what is not funny. It was weird. Germany is so regimented, it’s like: “we’ll teach you how to have fun” instead of just innately letting it happen.