Joko Winterscheidt (41) and Klaas Heufer-Umlauf (36) do not seem to shy away from any absurdity. For the past eight years, the two moderators have faced one crazy challenge after the next. These are actions that leave many TV viewers speechless. So last Tuesday, too, when Heuer-Umlauf in “Joko and Klaas against ProSieben” suffered agony on a rack, while Winterscheidt was unintentionally responsible for it. If the 41-year-old wanted to solve his task, he had to make meters – and thus increase the tension on the stretching ropes.
Impossible? Not for Joko and Klaas. The two entertainers mastered the torture game that their employer had devised for them with flying colors. Thank you for your years of practice in coping with exceptional situations. These are the most blatant actions of past years.
Klaas Heufer-Umlauf and the “Bagelhead”
2012 started with “Joko and Klaas – The Duel for the World.” In Tokyo, Heufer-Umlauf was given the task of “becoming the biggest freak in a Japanese city.” How should he do it? TV colleague Winterscheidt had organized everything. In an underground club, Heufer-Umlauf was injected with saline under the forehead. The skin puffed up and was pressed into the shape of a donut. So the task was over, and Heuer-Umlauf got rid of the so-called “bagel head” after a day.
Joko Winterscheidt’s rendezvous with an alligator
Right at the beginning of the TV format, an impossible task was waiting for Winterscheidt too. Heuer-Umlauf sent him to Florida in 2012 to kiss an alligator on site. The precarious: The animal first had to be caught and tamed with bare hands. A real challenge that the now 41-year-old was able to master after a long hesitation.
Klaas Heufer-Umlauf spits on the volcano
Climbing an active volcano demands a lot from the human body. Heuer-Umlauf had to learn that the hard way in 2013. Dressed in Frodo costume, he made his way to the crater on the South Sea island of Tanna to throw a ring in there. In the end, he triumphed – and poured victory on his stomach contents. The sulfur fumes made the moderator visibly troubled.
Joko Winterscheidt wipes out the laughter
“The following program is not suitable for young people under the age of 16”, it said before the broadcast of the following scene: Winterscheidt failed in 2013 in Vancouver, Canada Knife – or instead, under the needle. To pass the task assigned to him by Heufer-Umlauf, he had a “body modification artist” sew his mouth on without anesthesia – a total of six stitches. Afterward, he performed the song “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by the crash test dummies.
Klaas Heufer-Umlauf plays with death.
Get shot at close range and survive. Heuer-Umlauf was faced with this task in the Colombian capital Bogotá in 2014. No fun, as the moderator should find out a short time later. The shot was fired at just 20 centimeters between him and a loaded weapon. The moderator got away with the horror: the bulletproof vest he was wearing caught the bullet.
Joko Winterscheidt and the blood sausage
Winterscheidt had a culinary challenge in China in 2017: preparing and eating blood sausage. So far, so good, if it hadn’t been for that crucial catch. The meat product should contain autologous blood. A no-go for the moderator who voluntarily gave up the country point. Was that so clever? Winterscheidt had already been served and consumed a piece of blood sausage at the start of the trip. To this day, it is unclear whether Heufer-Umlauf had not had a good time and whether this piece of Winterscheidt’s blood could have been from a previous health check.