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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
As you can see there are some very encouraging reviews already.

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.


September 2022

22nd - Epsom - Playhouse - SOLD OUT
23rd - Aldershot - Princes Hall - SOLD OUT
24th - Redhill - Harlequin - TICKETS
30th - Worthing - Pavilion - TICKETS

October 2022

1st - Brighton - Dome - TICKETS
6th - Harrogate - Royal Hall - TICKETS
7th - Birmingham - Town Hall - TICKETS
8th - Birmingham - Town Hall - TICKETS
14th - London - Palladium - TICKETS
15th - Portsmouth - Guildhall - TICKETS
21st - Ipswich - Regent Theatre - TICKETS
22nd - Dunstable - Grove Theatre - TICKETS
28th - Tunbridge Wells - Assembly Hall - TICKETS
30th - Southend - Palace Theatre - TICKETS (DVD recording)

November 2022

11th - Rhyl - Pavilion Theatre - TICKETS
12th - Warwick - Butterworth Hall - TICKETS
17th - Oxford - Playhouse - TICKETS
18th - Oxford - Playhouse - TICKETS

February 2023

24th - Leeds - City Varieties - TICKETS
25th - Leeds - City Varieties - TICKETS

March 2023

3rd - Horsham - Capitol Theatre - TICKETS
4th - Dorking - Halls - TICKETS
5th - Canterbury - Marlowe Theatre - TICKETS
7th - Chelmsford - Civic Theatre - SOLD OUT
10th - St Albans - Arena - TICKETS
11th - Colchester - Charter Hall - TICKETS
12th - Norwich - Theatre Royal - TICKETS
17th - Chesterfield - Winding Wheel - TICKETS
18th - Stockport - Plaza - TICKETS
19th - Lichfield - Garrick Theatre - TICKETS
23rd - New Brighton - Floral Pavilion - TICKETS
24th - Hull - City Hall - TICKETS
25th - Middlesborough - Town Hall - TICKETS SOON

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