September 5th, 2012


September 2012


Dear Friends of German Comedy,

Now the Paralympics are over, British society can go back to normal. Instead of cheering on the physically handicapped and highlighting how inspirational they all are, everybody can once again give their undivided attention to the mentally disabled stars of the Barclays Premier League.

It truly is the best league in the world. And if there’s ever not enough entertainment on the pitch then the FA will amuse fans with its brilliant side-shows, such as condemning FIFA for being racist yet continuing the ludicrous John Terry-Anton Ferdinand saga. Which is a bit like the pot calling the kettle a b**** c***.

Let’s hope the still-ongoing FA investigation will throw up another gem like Westminster magistrate Howard Riddle’s pronouncement that Ferdinand “wouldn’t have the sophistication to make up the allegations”.

Concluding that someone is too unintelligent to be capable of malice has been unheard of in legal circles since Frank Spencer was let off for distributing pornography by motorbike in that episode of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.

Going to court is about vindication. But being believed because you’re considered too thick to lie makes for a quite hollow vindication. And if the person you testify against is then still somehow being let off it has no redeeming features at all.

Luckily, if the court got its assessment right, Ferdinand is too dim to understand what was happening anyway and has taken the judge’s comment as a compliment.

Talking of handicaps, Marek Larwood and I conducted a scientific experiment on what fruit or vegetables are best to play golf with. Watch the outcome here:

Let’s end with a quick whinge about the Edinburgh Fringe [NB: this rhyme was unintentional]. The festival finally made the transition from the arts to the business pages, due to the incessant moaning and negativity of some of my colleagues about how much the Olympics paired with the recession ruined them financially and emotionally.

From what I saw the same business rules applied as they do every year.

If your advertising boards are bigger than your venue, you’re going to make a loss. If, in addition, the design of those advertising boards is off-putting, you’re going to make a massive loss. But if you manage to control your ego and stay clear of all that cynically-priced PR nonsense you will come out not too battered.

Or you could take the Olympics seriously as a business challenge, show up in Edinburgh after they’ve finished and your competition is demoralised and defeated, and do a short run of shows which – through the simple logic of supply-and-demand economics – will be all the more sought-after for their rarity.

People think that German humour is all about the laughs. But it is also about months of cold, cynical planning carried out with brutal efficiency. And free pens.

And yes, I realise I haven’t mentioned the quality of the show at all but that’s traditionally the least of any comedian’s concerns when in Edinburgh.

So, that’s enough smugness for now – have a great month and try not to despair too much at today’s predictably undignified circus at Loftus Road!

Henning

Please find below some of my upcoming gigs. It would be great to see you at one of those.

I particularly recommend the (Pseudo-) Authentic German Christmas shows at Leicester Square Theatre. First three Saturdays and Sundays in December.

And just like last year Gustav Brown will be tickling the hard-plastic ivories of his electric keyboard.

Tickets for all shows on www.henningwehn.de Except for the Kirkcaldy show, where
the locals are too drunk and disorganised to put up a link. And the Lewes gigs,
where the locals are too rich and comfortable to put up a link.

2012, Monthly Bulletins

Posted by Henning Wehn on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012.



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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