September 5th, 2008


September 2008


Dear Friends of German Comedy,

Let’s not miss this rare opportunity to congratulate our British friends on their sporting success. Winning 19 gold medals at the Olympics was a splendid result and certainly outshone the achievement of the British stand-ups at last month’s Edinburgh festival.

The comedy trade fair’s main award, the snappily named if.comedy Award, has now been won by foreign comics for three years running. No, no, not Otto Kuhnle and me. Irishman David O’Doherty followed in the footsteps of Canadian Phil Nichol and Australian Brendon Burns.

What a stupid, not to say unintelligent, decision! Giving the premium British comedy award to two Germans would have been very shrewd indeed. The festival as a whole and award sponsor Intelligent Finance in particular would have been guaranteed worldwide headlines and a sharply raised international profile.

Admittedly such a move would have cost them a lot of credibility but that’s not the point. In fact, the prize has in the past been won by women, who, according to public perception, are even unfunnier than Germans. And the award survived even that.

But Otto and I knew we were up against it when we weren’t scheduled to perform at the opening press-do of our own venue (institutional racism if you ask me).

We went along anyway, Otto dressed in a full-body sausage costume and me in a Heidi outfit with blonde wig with piglets. We went straight to the bar and started a meticulously executed drinking session, during which we gave fellow performers, journalists and everybody else unsolicited advice and sang nationalistic German football songs.

Needless to say that by the next day word had spread and everybody knew we were in town. Result! Why spend £2k on a publicist if fancy dress and anti-social behaviour gets you just as far?

Thus we got some nice write-ups in the BBC, Metro and Scotsman. Otto even got a nomination for the Malcolm-Hardee Award for dropping his trousers whilst playing Bach’s Badinerie. It’s great how he manages to combine hobby and profession.

If this got you interested: we’ll be performing an extended version of 1000 Years of German Humour from 16-18 October. Again at Questors Theatre Ealing. This time in the main house and for three nights only.

Tickets for the opening night are £9 only and can be bought on www.questors.org.uk or by phoning 0208 567 5184.

Have a great month and let’s hope Hoy, Ohuruogu and all other British Olympic protagonists don’t go the way of recent British sporting heroes such as the World Cup winning rugby squad or the Ashes winning cricketers and keep finding time for training rather than focus entirely on corporate appearances.

Auf Wiedersehen

Henning



March 2018

5 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
6 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
12 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
13 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
14 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
19 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
20 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
21 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
22 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT

April 2018

09 – BATH – Widcombe Social Club – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
10 – BATH – Widcombe Social Club – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
12 – BORDON – The Phoenix Theatre – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
13 – BORDON – The Phoenix Theatre – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
14 – BORDON – The Phoenix Theatre – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
18 – BEVERLEY – East Riding Theatre – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
19 – POCKLINGTON – Arts Centre – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
20 – POCKLINGTON – Arts Centre – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
21 – BEVERLEY – East Riding Theatre – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
29 – TRING – The Court Theatre – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
30 – TRING – The Court Theatre – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress

May 2018

1 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
2 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
7 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
8 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
11 – GREAT TORRINGTON – Plough Arts – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
12 – GREAT TORRINGTON – Plough Arts – SOLD OUT- Work In Progress
13 – LAUNCESTON – Town Hall – SOLD OUT – Work in Progress
14 – LAUNCESTON – Town Hall – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
17 – DARTMOUTH – The Flavel – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
18 – FALMOUTH – The Poly – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
19 – PENZANCE – The Acorn – SOLD OUT – Work In Progress
29 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
30 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
31 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUTPOSTPONED to June 1st

June 2018

1 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT – Originally May 31st
2 – HAYWARDS HEATH – Clair Hall – SOLD OUT – Work in Progress
7 – NORWICH – Playhouse – SOLD OUT  – Work in Progress
8 – NORWICH – Playhouse – SOLD OUT  – Work in Progress
9 – NORWICH – Playhouse – SOLD OUT  – Work in Progress
11 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
12 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
13 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT

July 2018

24 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
25 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
26 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT

August 2018

2 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
3 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
4 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
5 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
8 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
9 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
10 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
11 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
12 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves –TICKETS
15 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
16 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
17 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
18 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
19 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
22 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
23 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
24 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
25 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS
26 EDINBURGH – Just The Tonic Caves – TICKETS

September 2018

20 – WAVENDON – The Stables – TICKETS
21 – WAVENDON – The Stables – TICKETS
22 – WAVENDON – The Stables – TICKETS
26 – BRIDPORT – Electric Palace – Extra date – TICKETS
27 – BRIDPORT – Electric Palace – SOLD OUT
28 – WIMBORNE – Tivoli Theatre – SOLD OUT
29 – WIMBORNE – Tivoli Theatre – SOLD OUT

October 2018

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

November 2018

8 – WORTHING – Pavilion – TICKETS
9 – BEXHILL – De La Warr Pavilion – TICKETS
10 – SOUTHEND – Cliff’s Pavilion – TICKETS
15 – ST ALBANS – Alban Arena – TICKETS
16 – DARTFORD – The Orchard – TICKETS
17 – READING – Hexagon – 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 SOON
15 – LEICESTER – De Montfort Hall – TICKETS
16 – BROMLEY – Churchill Theatre -TICKETS SOON
17 – BRIGHTON – Dome – TICKETS
21 – WHITELY BAY – Playhouse – TICKETS
22 – HARROGATE – Royal Hall – TICKETS SOON
23 – SHEFFIELD – Octagon – TICKETS

March 2019

1 – BASINGSTOKE – The Anvil – TICKETS
2 – CAMBRIDGE – Corn Exchange – TICKETS SOON
7 – NOTTINGHAM – Playhouse – TICKETS SOON
9 – BUXTON – Opera House – TICKETS
22 – STEVENAGE – Concert Hall – TICKETS
29 – BIRMINGHAM – Town Hall – TICKETS
30 – WREXHAM – William Aston Hall – TICKETS 
31 – SHREWSBURY – Theatre Severn – TICKETS SOON

April 2019

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

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