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November 2005

Dear Friends of German Comedy,

A very action-packed month draws to an end.
The most disturbing news came from Southend where the pier burned down for the fourth time. What’s that all about? I’ve already warned the major if the pier’s bowling alley isn’t open in time my family and I shall spend our next summer holidays in Margate. I’m sure we’ll manage to enjoy ourselves on Kent’s beach chairs just as well.

October was also an eventful month for football. And I don’t mean Bayern Munich taking optimum points in Champions League whilst all other German teams failed to deliver. That unfortunately has become a given.

No, the big news was England qualifying comfortably for the World Cup ahead of Poland and Austria. Our two main provinces really aren’t the forces they were in the past. Admittedly, Austria hasn’t impressed since before the war.

I’m glad to report that English tabloids lived up their reputation. No sooner had England qualified than, surprise, surprise, the tabloid war started. Daily Star got out of the blocks quickest:

Killjoy Germans have hit England football fans with a World Cup booze ban. Only alcohol-free beer will be sold at stadiums where England are playing, while fans of other nations can sup full-strength

That all was accompanied by a carton in which two England supporters try to buy drinks wearing typical local outfit. One bloke was sporting a Bavarian maid’s outfit and the other one was wearing a Prussian uniform. Who fears next year to be World War II all over again will find comfort in a campaign by “Englandfans, the national team’s official supporters’ club.
It intends to distribute 10,000 postcards in Germany and produce T-shirts containing Basil Fawlty’s words “Don’t mention the war” as part of an effort to use wit and humour to woo locals who may be fearing the worst.” (Observer)

Let’s be realistic – what are England supporters expected to mention if not the war? I lived here for the past three years and couldn’t remember a single programme on telly that featured Germany past 1945. Let me put it this way – if it wouldn’t be for the BBC I still wouldn’t know how to goosestep properly. Instead of wasting money on pointless campaigns England would be better off to have a more pragmatic approach and build more prisons….or hospitals in case England has to play in East Germany.

What confused me most in October was the total public ignorance towards Harold Pinter pinching the 2005 Noble Prize for Literature, a truly worldwide competition where writers of all nationalities and backgrounds are eligible to lift the trophy. Compare this to the inexplicable fuss that was made about England winning the Ashes, a competition where runner-up is the worst possible outcome.
Whoever expected good, old Harold to be driven around London in an open-top bus and cheered on by the masses must have been bitterly disappointed. Then again, Pinter is best known for his pauses. Maybe he’ll celebrate sometime in spring when no one expects him to.

On 3rd October Germany ‘celebrated’ the 15th anniversary of its reunification and it could not have been a happier one as the jubilee came only two weeks after the general election, in which 26% of the East Germans voted for the Communists. My mate Horst labelled it the biggest act of ungratefulness he ever experienced and who am I to disagree.
Looking on the bright side, I heard about a recent survey that shows that Germany’s economic downturn has increased the popularity of its people abroad because apparently we come across as more human. I for one must say I liked it better when we were regarded as clinically efficient superhumans and produced the results to back this up.

Third time lucky – have a good November!
Henning

Gigs:
Please find below some of my November gigs.
It would be great if you could come along to one of them.
Venue details can be found on www.chortle.co.uk
November
4th, Chiswick Headliners
5th, Electric Empire Clapham
11th, South Hill Park Arts Centre Bracknell
17th Roar with Laughter, Enfield
20th Downstairs King’s Head, Crouch End
26th Buzz Club, Manchester

But most and foremost I’m happy to advertise Offside Comedy Club, my own brand-new monthly gig. It will take place every second Monday of each month at Adams Park, home of Wycombe Wanderers FC.

Offside Comedy Club, Scores Bar, Adams Park, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe, HP12 4HJ
When: Monday, 14th November, starts: 8 pm, doors: 7pm
Line-up: David Hadingham, Tony Law, Lee Bannard and MC Henning Wehn
Tickets: £9 normal / £6 season-ticket holders and recipients of this email.
Please send an email to contact@henningwehn.de to book your tickets for the concession rate.
Please send me also an email if you don’t want to receive this monthly newsletter any more.


October 2018

4 – LOUGHBOROUGH – Town Hall – SOLD OUT
5 – MALVERN – Forum – SOLD OUT
6 – GUILDFORD – G Live – SOLD OUT – Extra date 31st May 2019
7 – LEAMINGTON SPA – Royal Spa Centre – SOLD OUT
11 – BEDFORD – Corn Exchange – SOLD OUT
12 – LEEDS – City Varieties – SOLD OUT
13 – LEEDS – City Varieties – SOLD OUT
18 – CHESTER – Story House – SOLD OUT
19 – SALFORD – Lowry Lyric Theatre – TICKETS
20 – SALFORD – Lowry Lyric Theatre – TICKETS
25 – KINGS LYNN – Corn Exchange – TICKETS
26 – PETERBOROUGH – The Cresset – TICKETS
27 – LINCOLN – The Engine Shed – SOLD OUT


November 2018

8 – WORTHING – Pavilion – SOLD OUT – Extra date 6 June 2019 – TICKETS
9 – BEXHILL – De La Warr Pavilion – SOLD OUT – Extra date 18 May 2019 – TICKETS
10 – SOUTHEND – Cliff’s Pavilion – SOLD OUT
15 – ST ALBANS – Alban Arena – SOLD OUT – Extra date 30 May 2019 – TICKETS
16 – DARTFORD – The Orchard – TICKETS
17 – READING – Hexagon – SOLD OUT – Extra date 1 Jun 2019 – TICKETS
21 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
22 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
23 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
24 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
28 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
29 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
30 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS


December 2018

1 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
5 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
6 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
7 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
8 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
12 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
13 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS 
14 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS
15 – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre – TICKETS 


February 2019

6 – EXETER – Corn Exchange –TICKETS
7 – EXETER – Corn Exchange – TICKETS
8 – SWINDON – Wyvern Theatre –TICKETS
9 – SWINDON – Wyvern Theatre –TICKETS
14 – ALDERSHOT – Princes Hall – TICKETS
15 – LEICESTER – De Montfort Hall – TICKETS
16 – BROMLEY – Churchill Theatre –TICKETS
17 – BRIGHTON – Dome – TICKETS
20 – WHITLEY BAY – Playhouse – TICKETS
21 – WHITLEY BAY – Playhouse – SOLD OUT – Extra date added 20 Feb
22 – HARROGATE – Royal Hall – TICKETS
23 – SHEFFIELD – Octagon – TICKETS


March 2019

1 – BASINGSTOKE – The Anvil – TICKETS
2 – CAMBRIDGE – Corn Exchange – TICKETS
3 – EPSOM – Playhouse – TICKETS
7 – NOTTINGHAM – Playhouse – TICKETS
8 – NOTTINGHAM – Playhouse – TICKETS – Added date
9 – BUXTON – Opera House – TICKETS
22 – STEVENAGE – Concert Hall – TICKETS
23 – CREWE – Lyceum – TICKETS
29 – BIRMINGHAM – Town Hall – TICKETS
30 – WREXHAM – William Aston Hall – TICKETS 
31 – SHREWSBURY – Theatre Severn – TICKETS


April 2019

5 – PORT TALBOT – Prince’s Royal Theatre – TICKETS
6 – CARDIFF – St David’s Hall – TICKETS
7 – SOUTHAMPTON – The Mayflower Theatre – TICKETS
12 – SALISBURY – City Hall – TICKETS
13 – TORQUAY – Babbacombe Theatre – TICKETS
14 – CHELTENHAM – Town Hall – TICKETS


May 2019

2 – OXFORD – Playhouse – TICKETS
3 – OXFORD – Playhouse – TICKETS
4 – OXFORD – Playhouse – TICKETS
10 – COVENTRY – Warwick Arts Centre Butterworth Hall – TICKETS
11 – CHESTERFIELD – The Winding Wheel – TICKETS SOON
12 – LICHFIELD – Garrick Theatre – TICKETS
16 – CHATHAM – Central Theatre – TICKETS
17 – MARGATE – Winter Gardens – TICKETS
18 – BEXHILL – De La Warr Pavilion – TICKETS
23 – YEOVIL – Westlands – TICKETS
24 – BARNSTAPLE – Queens Theatre – TICKETS
25 – WESTON-SUPER-MARE – Playhouse – TICKETS
30 – ST ALBANS – Alban Arena – TICKETS
31 – GUILDFORD – G Live – TICKETS


June 2019

1 – READING – Hexagon – TICKETS
6 – WORTHING – Pavilion – TICKETS
7 – SHANKLIN – Shanklin Theatre – TICKETS
8 – BOURNEMOUTH – Pavilion – TICKETS
15 – ST HELIER – Jersey Opera House – TICKETS


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