June 6th, 2010


June 2010


Dear Friends of German Comedy,

My celebratory newsletter was meant to be sent after July 11th.

But considering the injury crisis affecting Nationalmannschaft we had better make the most of winning Eurovision Song Contest. It might be our last triumph for the summer.

Unfortunately it wasn’t as much of a triumph for the German language as Lena Mayer-Waldrut’s winning entry ‘Satellite’ was sung in…..English!

Last time I counted, Duden, the standard German dictionary, had 257,312 words. You would have thought that’s sufficient to write some inconsequential ditty.

Trying to win the Eurovision song contest in a foreign language is every little bit as pathetic as, say, trying to win the World Cup with a foreign manager.

How there can be no stipulation requiring the entrants to sing in their local language is beyond me. Letting everyone garble away in pigeon-English removes all the identity and, more importantly, the fun of the Eurovision song contest.

The Eurovison song contest used to be the one day a year when you could hear songs in Finnish, Russian, Albanian and what not else; poorer countries spent their annual GDP on a keyboard, it was a laugh and a half!

Families gathered round the telly long before transmission in giddy expectation of the hilarity to come and ready to guess what the songs were about.

The Wehn family usually agreed that all Northern European candidates were demanding some schnapps against the cold, all Southern European candidates were singing their donkeys praises and all Eastern Europeans were celebrating an extra rations book for attending their communist party’s congress.

Therefore twelve points to Serbia for playing by the rules of decency and entertainment. They fielded a platinum blonde androgynous freak who sang away in his absurd language while some people dressed as peasant farmers jumped up and down in the background shouting “Balkan, Balkan, Balkan”. Now That’s What I Call Music! Milan Stankovic and the Serbian people were certainly the moral winners of this year’s competition!

Britain’s entry Josh Dubovie also deserves a special commendation for his self-congratulatory song title “That sounds good to me”. This refreshingly strange title not only showed its bottom to the British idea of understatement but also set itself up for a critical backlash like no other.

It’s the same trap that I’ve fallen into with my new Edinburgh show “My Struggle”. Expect reviews along the lines of ”….and he’s not lying because a right old struggle it is. Particularly for the audience…..etc”.

But why not make up your own mind? Come to one of the LONDON PREVIEWS! JULY
19-24 at Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon. Tickets: here

Enjoy the World Cup and may the best team win (as long as it’s not the Dutch)

Henning

This is the place where I usually plug upcoming gigs. But during the World Cup I’ll be glued to the television and won’t do a thing. And neither should you.

2010, Monthly Bulletins

Posted by Henning Wehn on Sunday, June 6th, 2010.



March 2017

2 – SHREWSBURY – Theatre Severn – SOLD OUT – Extra date added 12th November
3 – CHELTENHAM – Town Hall – SOLD OUT
4 – BRISTOL – Colston Halls – SOLD OUT
9 – HARLOW – Playhouse – SOLD OUT
10 – PETERBOROUGH – The Cresset – SOLD OUT
11 – LINCOLN – Engine Shed – SOLD OUT
16 – BEDFORD – Corn Exchange – SOLD OUT
17 – LANCASTER – Grand Theatre – SOLD OUT
18 – GLASGOW – Kings Theatre – SOLD OUT
19 – BARROW IN FURNESS – The Forum – SOLD OUT
Leicester Square Theatre – Limited number of STANDING TICKETS available 48 hours before each performance
EXTRA LONDON DATE JUST ANNOUNCED – Hackney Empire 26th October – TICKETS
23 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – SOLD OUT
24 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – SOLD OUT
25 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – SOLD OUT
29 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – SOLD OUT
30 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – SOLD OUT
31 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – SOLD OUT

April 2017

1 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – SOLD OUT
2 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – SOLD OUT
5 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – SOLD OUT
6 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – SOLD OUT
7 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – SOLD OUT
8 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – SOLD OUT
27 – BIRMINGHAM – Town Hall – SOLD OUT – Extra dates 13th & 14th October 2017 – TICKETS
28 – SOUTHPORT – The Atkinson – SOLD OUT
29 – DOUGLAS – ISLE OF MAN – The Gaiety Theatre – TICKETS

May 2017

4 – REDHILL – Harlequin – SOLD OUT
5 – NOTTINGHAM – Playhouse – SOLD OUT – Extra date added 25th November – TICKETS
6 – BROMLEY – Churchill Theatre – SOLD OUT
10 – OXFORD – Playhouse – SOLD OUT – Extra date added 31st May – TICKETS
11 – STAFFORD – Gatehouse – SOLD OUT
12 – SHEFFIELD – Octagon – TICKETS
13 – COLNE – The Muni – TICKETS
14 – BUXTON – Opera House – SOLD OUT
19 – BASINGSTOKE – The Anvil – SOLD OUT – Extra date 2nd November – TICKETS
20 – COVENTRY – Warwick Arts Centre Butterworth Hall – SOLD OUT
21 – LEICESTER – The Curve – TICKETS
24 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS – NEW MATERIAL NIGHT – NOT A SHOW
26 – WESTON SUPER MARE – The Playhouse – TICKETS
27 – YEOVIL – Westlands – TICKETS
28 – SOUTHAMPTON – Nuffield Theatre – SOLD OUT
31 – OXFORD – Playhouse – TICKETS

June 2017

1 – NORTHAMPTON – Derngate – TICKETS
2 – TORQUAY – Babbacombe Theatre – DVD Recording – TICKETS
3 – TORQUAY – Babbacombe Theatre – DVD Recording – TICKETS
9 – GUILDFORD – G Live – TICKETS
10 – READING – Hexagon – SOLD OUT – Extra date added 8th November TICKETS
11 – BOURNEMOUTH – Pavilion – TICKETS
17 – JERSEY – Opera House – TICKETS
19 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS – NEW MATERIAL NIGHT – NOT A SHOW
21 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS – NEW MATERIAL NIGHT – NOT A SHOW

July 2017

24 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS – NEW MATERIAL NIGHT – NOT A SHOW
25 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS – NEW MATERIAL NIGHT – NOT A SHOW
26 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS – NEW MATERIAL NIGHT – NOT A SHOW
28 – BARTON on HUMBER – Ropewalk – TICKETS SOON
29 – YORK – Barbican – Great Yorkshire Fringe – TICKETS SOON
30 – MACCLESFIELD – Gawsworth Hall – TICKETS

August 2017

3 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
4 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
5 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
6 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
10 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
11 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
12 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
13 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
17 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
18 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
19 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS
20 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – TICKETS

September 2017

20 – EPSOM – Playhouse – TICKETS
21 – DUNSTABLE – Grove Theatre – TICKETS
22 – DARTFORD – The Orchard – TICKETS
23 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS – Assembly Hall – TICKETS
29 – CLACTON-on-SEA – Princes Theatre – TICKETS
30 – IPSWICH – Regent Theatre – TICKETS

October 2017

1 – LOWESTOFT – Marina Theatre – TICKETS SOON
6 – HIGH WYCOMBE – The Swan – TICKETS
7 – WATFORD – Colosseum – TICKETS
8 – LEAMINGTON SPA – Royal Spa Centre – TICKETS SOON
12 – WREXHAM – William Aston Hall – TICKETS
13 – BIRMINGHAM – Town Hall – SOLD OUT
14 – BIRMINGHAM – Town Hall – TICKETS
15 – KETTERING Lighthouse – TICKETS
19 – DONCASTER – Cast – TICKETS SOON
20 – KENDAL – Westmoreland Hall – TICKETS
21 – CARLISLE – Sands Centre – TICKETS
22 – NEWCASTLE – Theatre Royal – TICKETS
26 – LONDON – Hackney Empire – TICKETS
27 – WOLVERHAMPTON – Wulfrun Hall – TICKETS
28 – MELTON MOWBRAY – Melton Theatre – TICKETS
29 – CHESTERFIELD – Pomegranate Theatre – TICKETS

November 2017

2 – BASINGSTOKE – The Anvil – TICKETS
3 – CRAWLEY – The Hawth  – TICKETS
8 – READING – Hexagon – TICKETS
9 – CANTERBURY – Marlowe Theatre – TICKETS SOON
11 – STOCKPORT – Plaza – TICKETS
12 – SHREWSBURY – Theatre Severn – TICKETS
16 – CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange – TICKETS
17 – BRIGHTON – Dome  – TICKETS
18 – HAYES – Beck Theatre – TICKETS
19 – SALISBURY – City Hall – TICKETS
23 – BARNSLEY – Civic Theatre – TICKETS
24 – SCARBOROUGH – The Spa Theatre – TICKETS
25 – NOTTINGHAM – Playhouse – TICKETS

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