May 5th, 2012


May 2012


Dear Friends of German Comedy,

Every month there’s a new problem.

Last month’s newsletter suffered from me not having any observations, this month’s suffers from me not being able to put them into words.

I’m left speechless by, no, not Bayern losing on penalties, but the at least nine months delay to the opening of Willy-Brandt-Flughafen in Berlin, leaving the capital of Germany, Europe and the World without an adequate airport.

Rumour has it that the delay’s been orchestrated by Berliners who are not prepared to put up with any more dull foreign tourists going on about how cool and cheap their city is.

Or, far more worryingly, maybe Germany is trying to blend in with its neighbours by being every little bit as useless as all other European countries. This theory would also explain Saturday’s game.

So it turns out me sending this newsletter three weeks late is almost premature by the standards of the new Germany.

It’s all very embarrassing, particularly when you consider what random capitals do ‘boast’ functioning airports.

Vienna for example! Flughafen Wien is fully operational, yet the Austrian government, just to rub it in,even had the nerve to announce they are not going to attend Euro 2012 matches in Ukraine. Apparently as aprotest against Yulia Tymoshenko’s imprisonment.

What business have they got at the Euros anyway? Their team didn’t qualify and has never ever done so! They might as well say they’ll boycott the meetings of the G8, the G20 or the G208.

But whatever you make of the Austrian government’s stand, it’s nowhere near as mental as French right-winger Marine Le Pen threatening French voters with her election goal of returning to her people “the happiness of being French.”

The French strike me as many a thing, but ‘happy’ isn’t one of them. They have been happy in their history only twice – once when the Vichy government was installed and the other when the Croque Monsieur was invented.

Talking of Vichy: I always get easy laughs accusing British media of being obsessed with World War II and unfairly reducing Germany to the time from 1933 to 1945. But I got that badly wrong, as I’ve just been interviewed for a very progressive programme for BBC4.

About British Army bases in Germany AFTER the war!

Admittedly, I was in no position to answer most of the questions, i.e. what life was like on those bases. That’s like asking a Cuban about everyday life in Guantanamo Bay. Yes, I know the location but there were 15 fences between me and the NAAFI store.

Did you know there are still more than 20,000 British soldiers stationed in Germany? But they will finally leave in 2020 and that’s not a minute too soon!

Several abandoned bases, i.e. Weeze, Hahn and Zweibruecken, have already successfully been turned into Ryanair airports and seeing how badly we’re doing when it comes to building new airports, making good use of derelict British ones is currently Germany’s best hope of aviation success.

That’s it for now – have a great month!

Henning

PS: If you’re surprised not to read more about the Champions League final, well, I don’t know what to make of it – all Germans I know are full of Schadenfreude about Bayern losing, yet all Brits hated to see Chelsea winning.

Anyway, that’s all best discussed over a pint and a burger at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon. Why not come along on May 29/30?
Then you can also catch the first previews of my new show Henning Knows Bestest. (What a seamless link!!)

Tickets for all shows on www.henningwehn.de

2012, Monthly Bulletins

Posted by Henning Wehn on Saturday, May 5th, 2012.



May 2017

4 – REDHILL – Harlequin – SOLD OUT
5 – NOTTINGHAM – Playhouse – SOLD OUT – Extra date added 25th November – SOLD OUT
6 – BROMLEY – Churchill Theatre – SOLD OUT
10 – OXFORD – Playhouse – SOLD OUT
11 – STAFFORD – Gatehouse – SOLD OUT
12 – SHEFFIELD – Octagon – SOLD OUT
13 – COLNE – The Muni – SOLD OUT
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 – SOLD OUT
24 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT – NEW MATERIAL NIGHT – NOT A SHOW
26 – WESTON SUPER MARE – The Playhouse – SOLD OUT
27 – YEOVIL – Westlands – SOLD OUT
28 – SOUTHAMPTON – Nuffield Theatre – SOLD OUT
31 – OXFORD – Playhouse – SOLD OUT

June 2017

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

July 2017

24 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT – NEW MATERIAL NIGHT – NOT A SHOW
25 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT – NEW MATERIAL NIGHT – NOT A SHOW
26 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT – NEW MATERIAL NIGHT – NOT A SHOW
28 – BARTON on HUMBER – Ropewalk – SOLD OUT
29 – YORK – Barbican – Great Yorkshire Fringe – TICKETS
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 – SOLD OUT
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
4 – BELFAST – Ulster Hall – TICKETS
6 – HIGH WYCOMBE – The Swan – TICKETS
7 – WATFORD – Colosseum – TICKETS
8 – LEAMINGTON SPA – Royal Spa Centre – TICKETS
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
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
11 – STOCKPORT – Plaza – TICKETS
12 – SHREWSBURY – Theatre Severn – SOLD OUT
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 – SOLD OUT

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