Helen da Silva
Hill & Weedon
Horse & Louis
German folk song
From Dave's One Night Stand 2011
More Henning Wehn videos
|German folk song|
|QI: German joke|
|Introduced by Stewart Lee|
|Agony Onkel Henning Wehn|
|German Folk Music Keeps It Real|
|Henning Wehn's German Tourism|
A London-based German comedian, Wehn has been performing as the self-styled 'German Comedy Ambassador' since 2003, playing on the English stereotype of Germans as humourless Nazis, obsessed with efficiency.
He was a regular on the Channel 4 show FAQ U in 2005, as well as Radio 5 Live sporting panel show Fighting Talk.
He regularly appears with fellow German performer Otto Kuhnle, and their show 1000 Years Of German Humour was nominated for the Barry Award at the 2009 Melbourne Comedy Festival.
|Stand Up: 2005:
Winner of Hackney Empire new act competition
Abracadabra: German Humour Goes Global - Fringe 2009
The statement of international expansion in their show title can’t disguise the fact that Henning Wehn and Otto Kuhnle have found a formula that works for them and stuck to it. The additional gag here is that while Kuhnle’s vaudevillian turns now occasionally incorporate elements from Australia or Spain, Wehn’s stand-up increasingly alludes to a Teutonic desire for world domination.
\r\nBut while Kuhnle’s seemingly bottomless box of tricks continues to entertain, despite him performing a few of these at the Fringe before, Wehn seems to have reached a crossroads in his comedy. He’s too stilted in his second language and still too exotic for many to be a crowd-pleaser like his compatriot. But he’s also stepped back from the edge that made him so compelling – that borderline offensiveness that trod a knowingly fine line between nationalism and xenophobia, with those age-old resentments between the UK and Germany never far from the surface.
\r\nCleverly, he mocks the English football team’s recent success, fully conscious that while a Scottish audience may appreciate the sentiment, he’s in danger of seeming oblivious to his surroundings. It’s all a ruse though, so he can take his time brutally demolishing the reputation of a Scottish side that scarcely needs his assistance. The beautiful game is clearly a passion for Wehn and he manages to bring fresh perspectives to the sport every time he ruminates upon it.
\r\nElsewhere though, he’s still denouncing the inefficiency of British service, in stark contrast to the ‘get up early, get things done’ mentality of the Germans. That’s all very well, but there’s only so many times you can evoke a stereotype ironically before you start to reinforce it, especially if it’s so close to being a bald statement of fact that it’s scarcely worth mentioning. Playing to larger audiences now, Wehn doesn’t seem to be stretching the scope of his ambition to match, increasingly resembling Kuhnle’s straight man.
\r\nFor his part, ‘the funniest man in Düsseldorf’ earns your admiration with the lightness of his touch, his accomplished accordion playing, aria singing and broom dancing all approached with the same eager-to-please enthusiasm and sense of showmanship as his less obviously impressive moments. His big number, yodelling while performing a handstand in a girl’s dress and directing an orchestra of cowbells in the audience is hilarious, though the abiding image remains him using a leafblower to juggle all manner of objects and ultimately wrap himself and Wehn in celebratory lengths of toilet paper. \r\n\r\n
|Date of live review: Saturday 29th Aug, '09|
Review by Jay Richardson
Sunday 27th Jan, '13- Leicester Square Theatre
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Thursday 1st Sep, '05-
Show - Misc live shows - Monday 1st Mar, '04-
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|Otto Kuhnle and Henning Wehn: 1000 Years Of German Humour
DVD review by Steve Bennett
22/12/2009 Permanent link
Best Of Hackney Empire New Comedy
Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Henning Wehn: Four World Cups And One World Pope
Edinburgh Fringe 2007
Beginners Guide To German Humour
Wilty and Wehn
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Thousand Years of German Humour
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Aaaaaaaaaarrghh! It's Bollock Relief
Abracadabra: German Humour Goes Global
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Henning Wehn: My Struggle
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Henning Wehn/Otto Kuhlne: Das Very Best Of German Humour
Henning Wehn: No Surrender
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Henning Wehn: Henning Knows Bestest
Edinburgh Fringe 2013
Henning Wehn's Authentic German Christmas Do
Misc live shows
Laughing Horse New Act Final 2004
Malcolm Hardee Charity Cabaret 2007
Malcolm Hardee tribute show