Comedy review: Henning Wehn – Live

1 Jul

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Bexhill De la Warr Pavilion: Saturday, June 8, 2013

Somewhat appropriately for a comic who delivers an act in his second language, there are very much two sides to Henning Wehn’s “rallies”.

Having honed his persona over the last 12 years in the rough and tumble of the comedy club circuit, it’s no surprise he can freely wheel out a steady stream of German puns, war references and sarcastic comments about British tardiness with supreme efficiency during the full-throttle opening half.

So while the assertion that the Germans don’t have a stereotype for the British “because you aren’t important enough”, a rousing condemnation of the “lazy Greeks” for needing German bailouts and his conclusion that he knew he’d been assimilated to life in the UK when “having a laugh outweighed logic” successfully mocked the audience and himself – it was the second half airing of his Henning Knows Bestest show that raised the bar by supremely shattering the stereotypes he’d cleverly teed up.

Aside from lampooning the British-German relationship with wide-eyed innocence and sharp observational insights, Wehn also swiftly dismissed the debate around Scottish Independence with withering accuracy, ruthlessly tore apart those people who raise money for charity by growing facial hair and brilliantly belittled the bizarre political correctness that dictates what uniforms are acceptable at Second World War re-enactments.

Like his homeland’s economy, Wehn’s comedy stock is in rude health.

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