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



September 2017

20 – EPSOM – Playhouse – SOLD OUT
21 – DUNSTABLE – Grove Theatre – SOLD OUT
22 – DARTFORD – The Orchard – TICKETS
23 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS – Assembly Hall – SOLD OUT
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 – SOLD OUT
15 – KETTERING Lighthouse – TICKETS
19 – DONCASTER – Cast – TICKETS
20 – KENDAL – Westmoreland Hall – TICKETS
21 – CARLISLE – Sands Centre – TICKETS
22 – NEWCASTLE – Theatre Royal – SOLD OUT
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 – SOLD OUT
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 – SOLD OUT
23 – BARNSLEY – Civic Theatre – TICKETS
24 – SCARBOROUGH – The Spa Theatre – TICKETS
25 – NOTTINGHAM – Playhouse – SOLD OUT

December 2017

2 – LONDON Cadogan Hall TICKETS

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