June 30th, 2013


June 2013


Dear Friends of German Comedy,

Time really flies. I can’t believe it’s June 40th already.
I would have sent this out much earlier but I was waiting for the brand-new No Surrender DVDs and CDs to arrive from the manufacturer. Details below.

By now it’s only three weeks to go until the start of the Edinburgh trade fair and in preparation I’m reading the Bible day in, day out.

Not because I see praying as my only chance at this stage but because I’m going to perform an Authentic German Christmas Do, carols and all. Yes, in August. Why should only people in the Southern hemisphere enjoy Christmas in summer? And the unpredictable, rainy Scottish weather is the perfect environment to carefully road-test my idea.

The show will concentrate on Jesus’s birth, which is mostly a story about bad preparation, the chronic shortage of decent accommodation in the iron-age Mediterranean and Rome coming up with silly ideas to get their hands on other people’s tax Euros. And a donkey called Angela, who does all the work for none of the credit.

They might call the bible the Good Book, but nobody would ever call it the Well-Written Book. Dozens of writers writing in all different languages and no competent editing – it’s the literary equivalent of Alan Pardew’s Newcastle.

Badly written the Bible may be, but at least none of the material I write about it will ever outdate. It’s fair to assume what is funny about the Bible now will be funny next year and the year after that and the one after that and the one after that and the one after that and the one after that and the one after that. And the one after that, too.

Reading the Bible may make me sound all fuddy-duddy, but what have we got from secularism? Talent shows. Loads of talent shows. Britain’s Got Talent, for example.

To give them their dues, Jack Carroll’s success is extremely good news for equal opportunities. As delighted as I am for him, I feel I’m unable to comment on his performance. Commenting on the stand-up of a 14-year-old wheelchair-bound boy, you’ll either come across as patronising or as horrible, which is a shame as I think that little Northern gobshite done ever so well.

On the subject of equal opportunities, I am delighted to tell you I’ll be on the second series of Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience, which will be on Comedy Central in February. Half the performers are female this time, a much-needed introduction of positive discrimination in the under-regulated comedy industry.

Comedy is one area where women can really make their mark, unlike, say, the Bible where they mostly just get mankind expelled from paradise and weigh down donkeys.

I am still hoping for a format that exclusively books swivel-eyed first-class pro-European, Cockney-Westphalian wallies with a second-degree burn on their right arm and a third-class degree in business studies on their mantelpiece.

Until then I’ll have to do my own promotion and tell you, again [see above], that you can now get hold of the audio and video release of last year’s show, No Surrender!

In addition to the physical CD and DVD, there’s the option to download the show!

Please have a look at the shop page – it’s been done all professional and everything.

Have a great month and Amen

Henning

Please find below a list of upcoming gigs.



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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