This Bulletin is from August 2nd, 2009

August 2009

Dear Friends of German Comedy,

First things first: Otto Kuhnle and I have been working hard on our new show ‘Abracadabra – German Humour Goes Global’. Herr Kuhnle perfected yodelling in a headstand whilst I have been practising my hand puppet playing skills. In other words, once again, Teutonic jolliness at its best!

Please come and visit us in EDINBURGH (Aug 7-30) or LONDON (Sep 3-5). Ticket details can be found at the bottom of this bulletin.

I can’t wait for the Fringe to start and best thing is that I’ll be going up on the train. Earlier this month I flew up to Edinburgh – my first inner-British flight, an experience not to be repeated in a hurry.

Once I took the train to Luton Airport station, got the bus from the station to the airport, checked in, waited in the departure hall, crammed myself into a tiny seat, listened to in-flight entertainment courtesy of drunken hen parties and stag dos, got off the plane, and took the airport shuttle into Edinburgh I had travelled only slightly longer than the train ride along the magnificent North-East coast would have taken. It just was three times the hassle and five times more unpleasant.

Last month I also went to Hull for the first time (on the train). I had been to the East Riding of Yorkshire on previous occasions but never to Hull itself. It’s not as bad as its reputation. But not much better either.

It reminded me of my hometown Hagen, which is set in beautiful scenery on the outskirts of the Ruhr Valley – partly post industrial charm, partly tranquil hills ideal for outdoor activities. But it wasn’t the landscape that reminded me of home but Hull’s defeatist aura. At Hull station, just like Hagen, one can’t get a map or tourist guide to the city – they simply don’t expect visitors, which then becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Hull City Council has developed a list of 27 promises for 2009 such as ‘we will cut house burglaries’ and ‘we will reduce the level of repeated domestic violence’

(read them and you can feel the negative vibe about the place without actually having to go there) http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=221,102651&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL )

Maybe next year they want to have a more positive approach and add promises such as: ‘we will welcome visitors’.

Just like Otto Kuhnle and I will do at the Edinb….ah, enough of that.

Have a great month!

Henning


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