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Myers later ported the character to television for the Canadian sketch comedy show It's Only Rock & Roll and the American sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.
Myers played "Dieter", a bored, disaffected West German expressionist and minimalist who would interview celebrities in whom he was demonstrably barely interested, and then invariably sought to bring the discussion around to his "limited" monkey, Klaus, seated on a platform atop a miniature column.
All appearances were in the form of Sprockets shows, except where indicated.
The sketch was to be the basis for a film to be released in 2001, featuring Myers, Will Ferrell, David Hasselhoff, and Jack Black, but the project was abandoned in June 2000 after Myers became dissatisfied with his own script.
The theme song for the sketch was Kraftwerk's 1986 song "Electric Café", sped up by playing the 33⅓ rpm album at 45 rpm, then looped.
Some later sketches featured Dieter outside of his talk show environment starring in parodies of game shows, TV dance parties, and art films.
"This was not the first time Myers engaged in such conduct," the suit contended.
Sprockets was a recurring comedy sketch created by comedians Mike Myers and actor Dana Andersen, portraying a fictional West German television talk show.
The sketch was created for the Second City Theatre, and became more widely known when Myers brought it to Saturday Night Live. The sketch parodied German stereotypes, especially those pertaining to German seriousness, efficiency, and precision.
Myers has stated he based the character on a waiter he encountered in Toronto Appearing effeminate (he'd later introduce his lover Helmut, played by Will Ferrell), and rotating his shoulders (he occasionally described becoming so excited that his genitals were sucked up into his body cavity), Myers' costume in the character of Dieter consisted of black tights, black turtleneck sweater, round, wire-rimmed glasses, and slicked back hair.
On several occasions, the skit featured a section entitled Germany's Most Disturbing Home Videos, which showcased scenes of old men's heads spinning around, dying cats, ants, and other disturbing sights.
One month later, Myers was hit with a second lawsuit, this time from Imagine Entertainment. Who wrote the screenplay--Myers," the Imagine lawsuit stated.Imagine claims Myers backed out after it and Universal agreed to his demands for more pay and millions of dollars were spent in pre-production.