Henning Wehn – Eins, Zwei, DIY
The first time I’d seen any of his stand up, his schtick was utilising the world’s many stereotypes of Germany to their fullest potential – he enters with a stopwatch around his neck, saying “We’re here to have a good time”. *click* “Ok, now the fun can begin”. Since then, his public profile has grown, gaining him more air time and TV spots. The impact: less stereotyping, more observational.
I enjoyed the show, but it is definitely a weird one. The direction his material has taken seems to echo a bygone era of end-of-the-pier comedy, except now it’s coming from a German Londoner. If he’d uttered “My mother in law…”, I wouldn’t have been surprised. All that being said, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a successful mortgage and London housing price routine, let alone seen one, and after this night I doubt I ever will again.
‘Eins, Zwei, DIY‘ at Queen’s Hall
Aspects of Joy
Onto another and more recent comedy gig (say, yesterday afternoon), directed by a friend I haven’t seen in years, and successfully did not manage to see again after the show as planned. So maybe that Henning-logic thing didn’t rub off on me like I had hoped…
A tale of overcoming difficult obstacles in her life through the emotion Joy – ranging from adoption blues, to bullying, to whether or not she will ever be a mermaid (she did, don’t worry) – are woven together in a blend of stand up and small physical skits. I’m not sure many people can say they’ve watched a woman in a tutu, on blocks, force a beardy man to eat a banana during a flute number.
It’s free, it’s silly, it’s blunt, and I did have to wipe away tears of a laughter.
‘Aspects of Joy‘ at Hispaniola, Drummond Street