Helen da Silva
Hill & Weedon
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
Wehn is possibly the only German comic working on the British circuit, which is obviously going to be the springboard for many gags playing up to the stereotype of an efficient, but humourless people.
Thus he will tell the most appalling old gag, then forensically, painstakingly analyse it in ridiculously minute detail. Depressingly, he often gets a laugh from the original bad joke – but the unrelenting audacity with which he forges ahead with his obsessive deconstructions is also impressive. ‘Stop laughing,’ he admonishes the audience at one point, ‘I haven’t finished explaining the joke yet.’
It’s an incredibly well-engineered piece – living up to yet another German archetye – managing to subvert many of the conventions of stand-up by so blatantly telegraphing what he’s up to, yet remain accessible and funny.
Yet however good this is, the heavily-accented Wehn always runs the risk of being pigeonholed as something of a novelty act. Perhaps aware of this, he’s edging his routine into more interesting areas. The suggestion he’s an unreconstructed Nazi yearning for the glory days of the Third Reich pushes into darker area, as do the nasty, vindictive traits he subtly affects.
Still relatively new, Wehn is shaping up to be an impressive act able to push at the limitations a few one-dimensional national traits initially suggest.
|Date of review: Sep 2005|
Sunday 27th Jan, '13- Leicester Square Theatre
Wednesday 17th Aug, '11-
Wednesday 25th Aug, '10-
Abracadabra: German Humour Goes Global - Fringe 2009
Saturday 29th Aug, '09-
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2007 - Friday 25th Apr, '08-
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2008 -
Show - Misc live shows - Sunday 28th Jan, '07-
Show - Misc live shows -
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2006 -
Thursday 1st Sep, '05-
Show - Misc live shows - Monday 1st Mar, '04-
His material is positively anorexic.
I've seen him twice now and he is rather good. Some of the jokes are old, but he does new things with most of them. And his enthusiasm is infectious.
This man is the funniest man I have ever met in my life. I mean you just have to look at him.
Henning deserves the German Order of Merit for finally making the English laugh about our jokes. Henning's great at presenting our traditional humour. You should give the funny side of modern Germany a try.
|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