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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: https://www.henningwehn.de/merch.htm 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. www.sroaudiences.com

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

Remember: one a day, every day.

Henning


July 2024

18th - Lewes - Con Club - SOLD OUT
19th - London - Betsey Trotwood - SOLD OUT
20th - Cambridge - Parker's Piece - SOLD OUT (30 min set on mixed bill show)
21st - Tring - Dembe Theatre - SOLD OUT
22nd - Tring - Dembe Theatre - SOLD OUT
27th - St Albans - Verulamium Park - TICKETS (4.30 start - 30 min set on mixed bill show)
27th - London - Union Chapel - TICKETS (Doors 6:30pm - 30 min set on mixed bill show)
28th - Lewes - Con Club - SOLD OUT (Note start time is 3pm)

August 2024

4th - Hastings - Electric Palace - SOLD OUT
6th - Hastings - Electric Palace - SOLD OUT

September 2024

3rd - Hastings - Electric Palace - TICKETS
4th - Hastings - Electric Palace - TICKETS
28th - Winchester - Theatre Royal - SOLD OUT
29th - Epsom - Playhouse - TICKETS

October 2024

3rd - Southport - Southport Comedy Festival - TICKETS
4th - Leamington Spa - Royal Spa Centre - SOLD OUT
8th - Wavendon - The Stables - SOLD OUT
9th - Wavendon - The Stables - SOLD OUT
10th - Wavendon - The Stables - SOLD OUT
17th - Exeter - Corn Exchange - TICKETS
18th - Exeter - Corn Exchange - TICKETS
19th - Torquay - Babbacombe Theatre - TICKETS
24th - Bridport - Electric Palace - TICKETS
25th - Bridport - Electric Palace - TICKETS

November 2024

10th - Norwich - Playhouse - SOLD OUT
11th - Norwich - Playhouse - SOLD OUT
12th - Norwich - Playhouse - SOLD OUT
14th - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
15th - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
16th - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
28th - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
29th - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
30th - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS

February 2025

7th - Brierley Hill - Civic Hall - TICKETS (30 min set on mixed bill show)
9th - Sutton Coldfield - Town Hall - TICKETS (30 min set on mixed bill show)
14th - Leeds - City Varieties - TICKETS
15th - Leeds - City Varieties - TICKETS
20th - Kings Lynn - Corn Exchange - TICKETS
21st - Lincoln - Engine Shed - TICKETS
22nd - Leicester - De Montfort Hall - TICKETS
27th - Hayes - Beck Theatre - TICKETS
28th - Peterborough - The Cresset - TICKETS

March 2025

1st - Northampton - Derngate - TICKETS
2nd - Wycombe - Swan - TICKETS
14th - Dunstable - The Grove - TICKETS
15th - Southend - Cliffs Pavilion - TICKETS
16th - Dartford - Orchard - TICKETS
21st - Whitley Bay - Playhouse - TICKETS
22nd - Whitley Bay - Playhouse - TICKETS
27th - Worthing - Pavilion - TICKETS
28th - Folkestone - Cliffs Pavilion - TICKETS
29th - Tunbridge Wells - Assembly Hall - TICKETS

April 2025

3rd - Evesham - The Regal - TICKETS
4th - Swindon - Wyvern Theatre - TICKETS
5th - Swindon - Wyvern Theatre - TICKETS
11th - Bath - Forum - TICKETS
12th - Guildford - G Live - TICKETS
24th - Canterbury - Marlowe - TICKETS
25th - Crawley - Hawth - TICKETS
26th - Reading - Hexagon - TICKETS

May 2025

2nd - Ipswich - Regent Theatre - TICKETS
3rd - Cambridge - Corn Exchange - TICKETS
8th - Malvern - Festival Theatre - TICKETS
9th - Shrewsbury - Theatre Severn - TICKETS
10th - Shrewsbury - Theatre Severn - TICKETS
15th - Crewe - Lyceum - TICKETS
16th - Buxton - Opera House - TICKETS
17th - Salford - The Lowry - TICKETS
18th - Nottingham - Theatre Royal - TICKETS
22nd - Yeovil - Westlands - TICKETS
23rd - Weymouth - Pavilion - TICKETS
24th - Poole - Lighthouse - TICKETS

June 2025

6th - Portsmouth - Theatre Royal - TICKETS
7th - Portsmouth - Theatre Royal - TICKETS

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