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December 2011

Dear Friends of German Humour,
Cor blimey. What a blunder! December is the perfect time to shift merchandise what with Jesus’s birth and all that, and I’m not sending my monthly bulletin out ‘til the 20th.

But I am excused as I’m incredibly busy overseeing my flatmate’s chocolate consumption.

See, I got my flatmate, fellow comedian Hils Barker, an advent calendar, full to the brim with 24 pieces of tasty Milka chocolate. I got it from the German Deli near London Bridge. £7.90! They’re certainly not going to heaven.

Anyway, you know the sort of calendar, with the treats hidden behind 24 randomly numbered doors.

It’s important to remember us struggling day after day to find the right door and then struggling to open the fiddly, perforated flap symbolizes Jesus’s suffering when carrying his cross up the hill. And no, why we do this in the run-up to Christmas rather than Easter I don’t understand either. But that’s what faith is all about.

Unfortunately Hils isn’t committed to the chocolate-based atonement and I’ve had nothing but stress since. Early on I did a simple spot check and saw she was a day behind. Next time I checked she was two treats ahead of schedule!

What hope is there if an Oxford-educated woman at the peak of her powers can’t meet a target as simple as eating one piece of chocolate per day?

I’m not sure if this level of not caring and incompetence is a result of her gender or her nationality.

Anyway, since then I have rigidly enforced the eating but apparently that’s taking away all the fun. Fun??

Eating chocolate only when one wants is completely missing the point of the educational and character-building aspects of the advent calendar, whose primary purpose is the teaching of rationing and perseverance – one piece of chocolate every 24 hours until all the chocolate is eaten.

And then patiently waiting 341 days, 342 days in a leap year, for the next advent calendar.

A 342-day wait is an apt link to ‘My Struggle’, my new CD, and for which I have been waiting well in excess of 342 days. Without moaning!

Apparently I’m now too big to release stuff myself and convention has it that these days I need to involve an army of other people – a distributor, a label, a lawyer, an agent, a sound engineer and God knows who else.

At the same time I’m still such small business that I’m no-one’s first priority and as a result everything takes ages.

There certainly is something to be said for Britain’s course of going it alone!

Anyway, finally – please find below a link to the 2010 My Struggle CD. It’s good! You can order it here: Hoorah!

Below are also quite a few dates of an upcoming UK tour next spring. Hoorah!

Lastly, I have been commissioned to record six BBC2 radio shows about different aspects of British society. Hoorah! I’ll be previewing the episodes early January at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon. Please note there are only 25 tickets per show. Please also note some of the kick-off times are rather unusual.

Tickets for the actual recordings are available here.

That’s enough festive commercialism for one year – have a lovely Christmas and please don’t overdo it!

Remember: one a day, every day.


October 2021

1st - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
2nd - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
7th - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
8th - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
9th - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
13th - Exeter - Corn Exchange - SOLD OUT
14th - Exeter - Corn Exchange - SOLD OUT
15th - Swindon - Wyvern Theatre - TICKETS
16th - Swindon - Wyvern Theatre - TICKETS
21st - Swansea - Grand Theatre - TICKETS
22nd - Bedford - Corn Exchange - TICKETS
23rd - Stevenage - Concert Hall - TICKETS
29th - Guildford - G Live - SOLD OUT
30th - Loughborough - Town Hall - SOLD OUT
31st - Peterborough - The Cresset - TICKETS

November 2021

11th - Hayes - Beck Theatre - TICKETS
12th - Basingstoke - The Anvil - TICKETS
13th - Worthing - Pavilion - TICKETS
18th - Whitley Bay - Playhouse - TICKETS
19th - Sheffield - The Octagon - TICKETS
20th - Northampton - Derngate - TICKETS
21st - Dartford - The Orchard - TICKETS
26th - Leamington Spa - Royal Spa Centre - SOLD OUT
27th - Crewe - Lyceum - TICKETS
28th - Malvern - The Forum - SOLD OUT

December 2021

2nd - Brighton - Dome - SOLD OUT
3rd - Southend - Cliffs Pavilion - TICKETS
5th - Bexhill - De La Warr Pavilion - TICKETS
12th - Poole - Lighthouse - TICKETS
13th - London - Cadogan Hall - SOLD OUT
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February 2022

9th - Camberley - Camberley Theatre - TICKETS
10th - Andover - The Lights - SOLD OUT
11th - Andover - The Lights - SOLD OUT
17th - Stafford - Gatehouse - SOLD OUT
18th - Leicester - De Montfort Hall - TICKETS
19th - St Albans - Alban Arena - TICKETS
23rd - Shrewsbury - Theatre Severn - TICKETS
24th - Shrewsbury - Theatre Severn - SOLD OUT (Extra date 23rd February added)
25th - Salford - The Lowry - TICKETS
26th - Buxton - Opera House - TICKETS

March 2022

3rd - Wycombe - Swan - TICKETS
4th - Chatham - Central Theatre - TICKETS
18th - London - Hackney Empire - TICKETS
24th - Lincoln - Engine Shed - TICKETS
25th - Kings Lynn - Corn Exchange - TICKETS
26th - Cambridge - Corn Exchange - TICKETS
27th - Tunbridge Wells - Assembly Hall - TICKETS
31st - Crawley - The Hawth - TICKETS

April 2022

1st - Margate - Winter Gardens - TICKETS
8th - Cheltenham - Town Hall - TICKETS
9th - Bath - Forum - TICKETS
21st - Arbroath - Webster Theatre - TICKETS
22nd - Dundee - Whitehall Theatre - TICKETS
23rd - Aberdeen - Tivoli Theatre - TICKETS
24th - Inverness - Eden Court - TICKETS

May 2022

6th - Port Talbot - Princess Royal Theatre - TICKETS
7th - Cardiff - St Davids Hall - TICKETS
8th - Southampton - Mayflower - TICKETS
12th - Barnstaple - Queens Theatre - TICKETS
13th - Yeovil - Westlands - TICKETS
14th - Weston super Mare - The Playhouse - TICKETS
20th - Torquay - Babbacombe Theatre - TICKETS

June 2022

3rd - Shanklin IOW - Shanklin Theatre - TICKETS
4th - Bournemouth - Pavilion - TICKETS SOON
5th - Weymouth - Pavilion - TICKETS SOON
10th - Nottingham - Playhouse - TICKETS
11th - Reading - The Hexagon - TICKETS
16th - Doncaster - The Cast - TICKETS SOON
17th - York - The Barbican - TICKETS
18th - Bradford - St Georges Hall - TICKETS
30th - Douglas Isle of Man - Gaiety Theatre - TICKETS


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