December 4th, 2015


December 2015


Dear Friends of German Comedy…

Woohoo, it’s December! Ihr Kinderlein kommet, Klinggloeckchenklingelingeling and all that. Unfortunately this year I have missed the big opening of the German Christmas Market in Birmingham, a fascinating event! Last time I was there I was truly gob-smacked as to how many of my countrymen these days are fluent in Romanian.

Anyway, now it’s time for the tale of my favourite Christmas present of all time.

Let me take you back all the way to 1987, when Weihnachtsmann [only recently did I find out it was actually my Mutter!!!] gave me a cassette tape of Kemal Ozturk, a stand-up who is virtually unknown in Turkey but became reasonably well-known in Germany, his adopted home country.

I clearly remember the striking blue and yellow colour combination of the tape’s sleeve. Or is it ‘cover’? No-one knows.

Either way, I had only ever seen Ozturk on panel shows, where his presence led to everyone cracking some tired jokes about invading Cyprus. It’s fair to say he wasn’t for me. I much preferred Helge Schneider and Gerhard Polt and Otto Kuhnle and such like.

God knows therefore why Weihnachtsmann [my Mutter!!!] bought me Ozturk’s ‘Hallo Gastarbeiter’ tape but seeing there’s only so many repeats of Tutti-Frutti one can watch I finally put it in the recorder and what can I say: his stand-up was so much better than I expected. He was so much more than just ‘that Turkish bloke’.

His style of humour was rooted in traditional political Kabarett; most his jokes were blunt statements, delivered with a twinkle in his eye. He was not only a great writer but also a very skilled performer and when I discovered he had been going for more than a decade I couldn’t believe I had been missing out on him all that time.

Luckily he was selling tapes of all his previous shows at his gigs and this gave me the opportunity to build a complete collection of all his shows. I will forever be grateful to Weihnachtsmann [my Mutter!!!] for this amazing present.

Frohe Weihnachten and have a good start to 2016

Henning

PS: If you’re googling Kemal Ozturk and you’re not getting any results it only illustrates the extreme fickleness of success in the entertainment business.

PPS: Eins, Zwei, DIY is out on DVD! Get it here: DVD on Amazon | Download at iTunes
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PPPS: Please find below a list of upcoming gigs. I’ll be adding loads more 2016 gigs in the next few days and weeks.
Please revisit the website for the latest updates.



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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