This Bulletin is from May 1st, 2009

Achtung Britische!?

Published: May 2009 in The Fix, Britain’s foremost comedy magazine

This May you can learn about real (German) humour! Henning Wehn explains

Herr Kuhnle, the funniest man from Düsseldorf – and I – the German Comedy Ambassador – will drag a version of our Edinburgh and Melbourne show 1000 Years of German Humour across Blighty.

Admittedly the show title is a bit of a misnomer as Teutonic jolliness obviously dates back much further than just one magnificent millennium. (Joke number 1)
But let me introduce you to four of the many highlights of German hilarity:

The bat trick

Invented by the Neanderthalers in 40,000 BC this is the world’s oldest piece of physical humour: It involves sneaking up behind a fellow cage man and smacking him one over the head so hard he passes out. Then everyone starts laughing.
Hilarious! There’s still nothing funnier for Germans than seeing someone getting beaten up. Preferably a Dutchman.

Garden gnome taming

With the old Bavarian saying that humour is the little brother of inebriety in mind it doesn’t come as a surprise that lots of German humour has been invented at beer festivals.
Since medieval times the big social highlight of every beer festival is the performance of the garden gnome tamer. Luckily Herr Kuhnle is one of only 7 officially licensed garden gnome tamers and will bring some of his charges to Britain: Hans, Johann-Wolfgang, Friedrich and Horst, a foster gnome from The Gambia who is forced by Herr Kuhnle to perform the most dangerous tricks.

Folk music

Expect a rendition of ‘Im Fruehtau zu Berge’, Herr Kuhnle and my favourite German folk songs. It roughly translates as ‘Get up early in the morning so you’ll get a lot done” which is nothing but commonsense so clearly lacking  in all that foreign modern music on the radio. All those rubbish songs seemto go along the lines of ‘Uh,uh, I’ll fly to the moon on an orange elephant and once I’m up there I’ll smoke crack cocain, uh, uh”. Pathetic! But don’t worry – German folk music keeps it real. Get up early, identify the problem and then solve it. Bloody result!

The ring

Without wanting to reveal too much about the show I can tell The Fix readers that the biggest highlight of German humour is Der Ring der Nibelungen, an old saga turned into a magnificent opera by the likeable composer Richard Wagner in the 19th century. The plot revolves around incestuous love of two twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde and one ring or another. Considering the vulgar content it’s hard to fathom why it’s set on the Rhine rather than the Mersey.
Anyway, the whole opera takes about five days to perform but the first four nothing much happens. In that respect it’s very similar to test cricket. Outside Pakistan, anyway.

If you’re still not decided if 1000 Years of German Humour will be for you let me assure you that it’s not going to be real-time. Mind you, it might feel like it. (Joke number 2)

Auf gehts Deutschland!


Current Live Dates...

August 2019

1 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – (EdFringe.com) or (Queens Hall)
2 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – (EdFringe.com) or (Queens Hall)
3 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – (EdFringe.com) or (Queens Hall)
4 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – (EdFringe.com) or (Queens Hall)
8 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – (EdFringe.com) or (Queens Hall)
9 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – (EdFringe.com) or (Queens Hall)
10 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – (EdFringe.com) or (Queens Hall)
11 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – (EdFringe.com) or (Queens Hall)
15 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – (EdFringe.com) or (Queens Hall)
16 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – (EdFringe.com) or (Queens Hall)
17 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – (EdFringe.com) or (Queens Hall)
18 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – (EdFringe.com) or (Queens Hall)
22 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – (EdFringe.com) or (Queens Hall)
23 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – (EdFringe.com) or (Queens Hall)
24 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – (EdFringe.com) or (Queens Hall)
25 – EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall – (EdFringe.com) or (Queens Hall)


September 2019

26 – REDHILL – The Harlequin – SOLD OUT
27 – WATFORD – Collosseum – TICKETS
28 – NORTHAMPTON – Derngate – TICKETS


October 2019

3 – CHELMSFORD – Civic Theatre – SOLD OUT
4 – IPSWICH – Regent Theatre – TICKETS
5 – NORWICH– Theatre Royal – SOLD OUT
6 – DARTFORD – The Orchard – TICKETS
10 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS– Assembly Hall – SOLD OUT
11 – BIRMINGHAM – Town Hall – SOLD OUT
12 – BIRMINGHAM – Town Hall – SOLD OUT
13 – SHREWSBURY – Theatre Severn – SOLD OUT
17 – NEW BRIGHTON – Floral Pavilion – TICKETS
18 – GLASGOW – Pavilion Theatre – TICKETS
19 – DUNFERMLINE – Alhambra Theatre – TICKETS
20 – NEWCASTLE upon TYNE – Theatre Royal – TICKETS
25 – PORTSMOUTH – Guildhall – TICKETS
26 – LONDON – PALLADIUM – TICKETS


November 2019

7 – DONCASTER – Cast – SOLD OUT
8 – KENDAL – Leisure Centre – TICKETS
9 – CARLISLE – The Sands – TICKETS
14 – DUNSTABLE – Grove Theatre – TICKETS
15 – HIGH WYCOMBE – Wycombe Swan – TICKETS
16 – BASINGSTOKE – The Anvil – TICKETS
21 – CANTERBURY – Marlowe Theatre- SOLD OUT
22 – COLCHESTER – Charter Hall – TICKETS
23 – CAMBRIDGE – Corn Exchange – TICKETS
29 – DORKING – Dorking Halls – SOLD OUT
30 – CRAWLEY – The Hawth – TICKETS


December 2019

5 – BRADFORD – St Georges Hall – TICKETS
6 – MIDDLESBROUGH – Town Hall – TICKETS
8 – SCARBOROUGH – Spa Hall – TICKETS


February 2020

20 – CHELTENHAM – Town Hall – TICKETS
21 – SALISBURY – City Hall – TICKETS
22 – WEYMOUTH – Pavilion- TICKETS
27 – RHYL – Pavilion – TICKETS
28 – STOCKPORT – Plaza – TICKETS


March 2020

6 – HULL – City Hall – TICKETS
7 – LINCOLN – Engine Shed – TICKETS
8 – PETERBOROUGH – The Cresset – TICKETS
26 – SWANSEA – Grand Theatre – TICKETS
27 – NEWPORT – The Neon – TICKETS
28 – POOLE – Lighthouse – TICKETS
29 – BRIGHTON – Dome – TICKETS


April 2020

2 – STAFFORD – Gatehouse – TICKETS
3 – SOUTHPORT – Theatre – TICKETS
5 – DOUGLAS ISLE OF MAN – Gaiety Theatre – TICKETS


Sign Up For Henning's Newsletter

Pop your details in here... MORE INFO