Dear Friends of German Comedy,
First things first: Otto Kuhnle and I will be performing A Beginner’s Guide to German Humour at The Questors Theatre in Ealing from April 21-26. More details and a few show snippets below.
But now jolliness must commence!
Following the 39th game malarkey, it was good to see that Premier League football isn’t all about entertainment. Otherwise Fulham would simply field their Chairman Al-Fayed, give him a microphone and win the title every season thanks to his absurd ramblings about car accidents.
Talking of the royal family I am sure we’re all delighted with Prince Harry’s heroic conduct in Afghanistan. It’s just a shame he didn’t stand up for his real country by wearing THAT uniform.
Job security or rather the lack of it is a constant worry in the life of a stand-up comedian. More than ill health it’s changing taste that cuts short many a career. Humour that once captured the zeitgeist is now being considered offensive, irrelevant, or simply old hat. Benny Hill and mother-in-law jokes haven’t become less funny but society in its mysterious ways has decided not to approve of them anymore.
With this in mind I jumped at the chance to play an afternoon comedy gig to kids (and their pretentious parents) in Maidenhead so that I could see what the future holds in store for me.
I asked the spoilt brats what if anything they knew about Germany. The first two answers were: “They bombed Yeovil” and “Naughty Hitler”. By two eight-year-olds! Great! As long as I’m not growing frustrated being part of a society that thinks World War II has only just, if at all, finished (the only exceptions being monarchists and religious hardliners who live even further in the past) I have a job for life.
After years of pointing out British inefficiency I have to confess that I finally let down all the stereotypes and did not file my tax return on time. If only it was a project for Network Rail I would be in line for a big bonus, promotion and a knighthood.
Unfortunately HM Revenue & Customs is part of the real world and all I am in line for is a £100 fine.
And rightly so.
Have a great month
Henning2008, Monthly Bulletins
Posted by Henning Wehn
on Wednesday, March 5th, 2008.