The final American post…

Saturday, September 17, 2011

…comes in the form of a video, starring my (former) roommate Sally and myself.

But first (!), a disclaimer: Sally and her sisters grew up making fun of Gerbert, an ultra-conservative puppet whose television show they sometimes watched on a Christian network. While I was not familiar with the program prior to living with Sally and her sisters, they’ve shown me Youtube clips and I can attest that yes, the show is completely ridiculous. Because of his strict morals, it seemed that Gerbert spoke out against everything, to the point where it became a running joke between Sally and her sisters. For example, if one of them laughed, Sally might say in the Gerbert voice (her impersonation is impeccable), “God doesn’t want us to laugh, you know!”. I often prompt Sally to impersonate Gerbert and occasionally throw in a twist, ie, ‘sorority girl’ – another impression Sally does hilariously well – or ‘Gerbert speaking German’. One of my very favorite favors to request of her, though, is Gerbert singing Beyonce, since Sally usually takes creative liberties and changes the lyrics to reflect a more Christian message. All of this is, of course, featured in the video below.

My prediction is that one person will find this funny (besides myself), and that is Sally’s sister, who reads my blog regularly.

But in case you get bored this weekend….here ya go!




21 comments:

emily g. said...

you have an amazing way of looking like the coolest person ever even when you post videos like that :-p fyi, I would have wasted surfgeschwindigkeit to watch that (but I'm glad those days are behind me now)

Emily said...

i love this! i laughed out loud many times. and i love the editing.

Anna said...

oh we TOTALLY checked Gerbert videos out of the church library when we were in grade school.

Vanessa said...

German Sorority was my fave :)

Daryl said...

ahahahaha.
no words.

Cody McWilliams said...

I have absolutely no idea what is going on but I freaking loved this. You guys are crazy and I love it. Let's be friends.

Nikki said...

so many questions!

1- how on earth did you lose your driver's license?

2- where did you get those awesome sunglasses?

3- is that your house? who is that girl? why don't i know anything about your life anymore?

4- why are you so much cooler than i could ever hope to be?

5- um....you WOULD be this good at editing videos. why am i not surprised.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

hey, ok so...

1- i did not lose my license at all. that's just a little joke....

2- the white ones are vintage. the black/green i got for free at sxsw.

3- nope, that's not my house.

glad you were entertained!

Megan said...

i really have no comments for how awesome this video was. and im glad to read you did NOT actually lose your license.

and btw...i almost forgot what sunlight looked like...nice to see some in this video.

Abby said...

lol what a fun and cute video! it looks like you had an amazing time at home!!

meg said...

I love the "german sorority girl" accent!! So goood.

Jasmine said...

Du sprichst total gut deutsch, ohne Akzent! Good Job, Jenni :D The video is so cool, you seem to have soo much fun! Happy to have you back in Europe :)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

@Jasmine,

Oooookay, clearly that is the best compliment a person can pay me. Thank you!

Jasmine said...

You're very welcome! I was so surprised that I had to re-listen to your "Wie ist das Wetter heute" three times :D
We actually speak I quite good german in Switzerland as well, ya know.. ;)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

well. you are officially my favorite person ever.

Jasmine said...

Don't tell Piotr ;) Let me know if you ever visit! Have a nice evening

Alex said...

bahahahahaha
I need to see the original Gerbert. It sounds like something I would find hilarious. And would also make fun of every chance I got.
P.S. y'all have sweet dance moves

Jenni Austria Germany said...

@jasmine

i am visiting switzerland soon, i think! well...in the next few months. where do you live?

Jasmine said...

I'm living near Zurich! I'll write you a more detailed email tonight (through your 'contact'-form on this site, if it's okay).

Jenni Austria Germany said...

perfect, thanks!

ashley in wonderland said...

that was truly wonderful and i feel like i know you so much better now. also, your voice is nothing like i imagined and your friend is cray-cray--like the kind that makes me want to hang out with her.