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December 2012

Dear Friends of German Comedy,

It’s the Queen here. No, calm down, it’s not. It’s only me.

With emotions running high I’d better not make light of Kate Middleton’s nurse’s suicide. But I immediately knew that nurse wasn’t from round here. No British employee has ever cared enough about their job to commit suicide after making a mistake.

That’s after all what Britain invented self-deprecation for. It doesn’t matter if you mess up in your line of work. As long as you can tell the tale of your underachievement in an entertaining fashion you’ll be alright and in line for promotion.

In a way, the hoax call reminded me of when I was applying for marketing jobs at the 92 English football league clubs back in 2002.

I rang all clubs to see if they had any openings, and ask whom to send my CV to.

Whoever answered Port Vale FC’s phone deserves a medal, as he made me address my application to Barry Bigtits. I was 99% sure the name was made up but a) I had nothing to lose, and b) if that really was the name of the HR person he would have very few applications on his desk as everyone would assume it’s a joke.

Sadly it was a joke.

But rather than death and job-hunting let’s end the final bulletin of the year on a more cheery note and remember what a great success 2012 has been.

Particularly the Olympic Games!

Before, everyone was convinced London 2012 would be a shambles and a half.
But then, against all the odds, it turned out very well.

Luckily since then the debate about future use of the Olympic Stadium has been living up to the expectations. It took the London Legacy Development Corporation five months to appoint West Ham as the preferred bidder! Seeing it’s only them and Leyton Orient in the vicinity you wonder how that decision could have been five months in the making.

It’s like parents pondering who to make the beneficiary of their will – their only child or their cat.

Talking of cats (seamless, I know): who remembers Alan Coren’s “Golfing for Cats”, the 1970s book with the massive swastika on the cover, combining the three most potent sales concepts of the day: golf, cats and Nazis?

There is now a 21st century sham version of that very idea!

www.dialacelebrity.co.uk a website combining the modern British triple obsession of celebrity, charity and mobile phones.

Talking to, say, Neville Southall sets you back an outlandish 20 quid. Per minute!

A half-hour chat would cost you 600 quid! I’m pretty sure Southall does personal appearances for less.

Seriously, whatever you do, don’t phone that number – not even for a laugh or to find out if it’s for real – if I find out you rang them and are hundreds of quid down I won’t be able to forgive myself!

If you’re determined to use your phone, ring 08448 733433 and book tickets for my Authentic German Christmas Do at Leicester Square Theatre. £15.50 for 120 minutes – an astonishing 154 times cheaper than talking to Neville Southall.

Have a great end to 2012 and a sufficiently successful 2013

Henning


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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