Few German comedians gain recognition outside of Germany and the EU, but when Jan Böhmermann poked fun at Turkey’s President Erdogan on his satirical Neo Magazin Royale TV show last year, his humor landed him in a legal tailspin with Erdogan filing a defamation claim that left the comedian in a career standstill as his show went off the air. With the case behind him, Böhmermann has put his comeback in full gear with the rise of international attention he received after his spat with Erdogan, and just this week he made an appearance on NBC’s Late Night Show with Seth Meyers to discuss German humor and American politics.
Böhmermann was surprisingly tame during the interview and used his skirting around the questions on US President Donald Trump as a tool that makes his non-answers speak for itself. No mention of the legal trouble with Erdogan made it into the video, nor the heated debate on free speech in Germany that followed. Instead, Böhmermann sat down with the New York Times to tackle these deeper issues in a 30-minute Facebook Live interview.
The reason for Böhmermann’s visit is for a soon-to-air segment on the Neo Magazin Royale show, which will feature the comedian on the streets of New York.