Production date: 18 June 2006
Playout date: 18/6/2006
Camera: Logitech webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker with effects
He’s back. The Count Sproey von Weytzentrenner with his unmitigated gloating over the success of Germany in the first part of World Cup 2006. I can’t believe that is already four years ago, I think the Count may be due for an new airing during this year’s World Cup in South Africa. Not only is he jingoistic about Germany, in football – also, he claims that Louis Armstrong is originally a German, and that the original of the song “What A Wonderful World” is in German.
In the German original, the singer hearing the babies cry, and watching them grow, takes comfort in the knowledge that one day he will be able to employ them in his factory.
Sproey von Weytzentrenner, revanchist aristocrat of the Currywurst and Hamburger stall, is my fifth character on the channel. I did about four or five pieces with him, always including a number of the effects of Windows Movie Maker that I liked to experiment with at the time. Especially the “newpaper” effect I reserved to use mainly with von Weytzentrenner.
I sing a song here, as all the other personas did. A spoof of Marlene Dietrich’s song.
Von Weytzentrenner did not start life here, by the way. He was a usenet persona prior to that, and trolled a few people as Usenet aficionados can no doubt find by using Google for groups search.
I hasten to add that this is not an attack on Germans generally, only on a certain small element that still exists in their society.