September 7th, 2013


September 2013


Dear Friends of German Comedy,

Welcome to the September newsletter. I know it will be hard to top the July and August bulletins. (If you don’t remember getting those you clearly weren’t looking hard enough in your email inbox. And that’s that.)

No, seriously, sorry for neglecting you and not giving any moral guidance in these complicated times. Not that I could offer you much advice on, say, Syria. Assad uses chemical weapons on civilians.
As a result we’re now supposed to help America in supporting the rebels, who are led by Al Qaeda, whose existence is America’s justification for spying on all of us. And most grotesquely, the Russians that can somehow claim the moral high ground. Say what you like about the Cold War, but at least I understood who was good (West Germany) and who was bad (the trade unions).

Talking of the triumph of capitalism, the Edinburgh comedy trade fair has come to an end and I’m happy to tell you that German humour is going from strength to strength. Not to the extent that it would have actually won the Perrier Award.
Or anything else for that matter. But it’s not the winning but the taking part that matters (add tired war jokes at your leisure).

And talking of taking part: I still haven’t uploaded the footage of the Henning
Knows Bestest prize draw, which you can find HERE.

Congratulations to all winners. Clap-Clap-Clap! And special thanks to German Wine Agencies (NOT German Wine Associations) and the German Deli for providing the goods.

After Edinburgh I went for a few days to the Shetlands, where I could have done with a bottle of Liebfrauenmilch or five. It’s the bleakest place imaginable! Even the seals on the beach and the puffins in the sky looked bored.

The place is so remote there isn’t even any mobile phone reception. While that might sound like a dream to anyone having to put up with people rabbiting away on public transport, it can turn awkward. I went to the leisure centre on Unst, an island so small not even David Cameron could talk it up.

The pool is no more than 10 meters long and shallow enough for me to stand in. As the only guest I had the undivided attention of the 14-year-old lifeguard, who was compelled by edicts of health & safety to follow my every move.

I felt so self-conscious that I made sure my hands were upright on the way to the side and then flat on their way back, and I made sure my feet touched at the end of the stroke.
I felt so under the spotlight I swam technically better than I ever have before. But never has a visit to a leisure centre been less leisurely or more intense. If only he could have updated his Facebook status he might have stopped staring at me for five minutes.

Assuming there are no more family bereavements, I’ll write to you next in early October, by which time Germany will have had its general election.
The campaign is rather boring as the two frontrunners, Angela Merkel and Peer Steinbrück are both equally highly qualified to lead Europe and as such it almost doesn’t matter which of them wins. As the quip goes: “May the better candidate win, as long as they’re German.” Guffaw, guffaw…

Have a great month and hopefully see you soon

Henning

Please find a list of upcoming tour dates below.
Tickets for all shows on www.henningwehn.de

There’s even a few tickets still left for the London preview on September 18th.

And if you can’t wait that long for your dose of Teutonic jolliness, why not get the No Surrender show as DVD or download.
Both only available on my website.
HERE‘s a snippet.



February 2018

12 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
13 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
14 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – SOLD OUT
19 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS
20 – LONDON – Betsey Trotwood – TICKETS

March 2018

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

April 2018

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

May 2018

11 – GREAT TORRINGTON – Plough Arts – TICKETS – Work In Progress
12 – GREAT TORRINGTON – Plough Arts – TICKETS – Work In Progress
13 – LAUNCESTON – Town Hall – TICKETS – Work in Progress
17 – DARTMOUTH – The Flavel – TICKETS SOON – Work In Progress
18 – FALMOUTH – The Poly – TICKETS SOON – Work In Progress
19 – PENZANCE – The Acorn – TICKETS SOON – Work In Progress

June 2018

2 – HAYWARDS HEATH – Clair Hall – TICKETS SOON – Work in Progress
7 – NORWICH – Playhouse – TICKETS SOON – Work in Progress
8 – NORWICH – Playhouse – TICKETS SOON – Work in Progress
9 – NORWICH – Playhouse – TICKETS SOON – Work in Progress

September 2018

20 – WAVENDON – The Stables – TICKETS SOON
21 – WAVENDON – The Stables – TICKETS SOON
22 – WAVENDON – The Stables – TICKETS SOON
27 – BRIDPORT – Electric Palace – TICKETS
29 – WIMBORNE – Tivoli Theatre – TICKETS

October 2018

4 – LOUGHBOROUGH – Town Hall – TICKETS SOON
6 – GUILDFORD – G Live – TICKETS SOON
11 – BEDFORD – Corn Exchange – TICKETS
12 – LEEDS – City Varieties – TICKETS SOON
13 – LEEDS – City Varieties – TICKETS SOON
18 – CHESTER – Story House – TICKETS SOON
19 – SALFORD – Lowry Lyric Theatre – TICKETS SOON
25 – KINGS LYNN – Corn Exchange – TICKETS SOON
26 – PETERBOROUGH – The Cresset – TICKETS
27 – LINCOLN – The Engine Shed – TICKETS

November 2018

8 – WORTHING – Pavilion – TICKETS SOON
9 – BEXHILL – De La Warr Pavilion – TICKETS SOON
10 – SOUTHEND – Cliff’s Pavilion – TICKETS SOON
15 – ST ALBANS – Alban Arena – TICKETS SOON
16 – DARTFORD – The Orchard – TICKETS SOON
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 

 

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