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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.


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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