1000 Years of German Humour
- Nick Mitchell
- 7 August 2008
This article is from 2008.
Do mention the war
Of all the shows you don't want (or expect) to run late, surely 1000 Years of German Humour is that show. After a five-minute delay, likeable comic Henning Wehn assures us that it's not going to be 1000 years in real time before beginning a ramshackle guide to the unique traits of a phenomenon us Brits presumed non-existent: German humour. Ushering us through the centuries are the laconic Wehn (a familiar figure on the UK circuit) and Otto Kuhnle, a walking, talking, yodelling Teutonic stereotype, from the lederhosen up. He provides the musical slapstick, while When riffs on all things Deutsche, from the Grimm fairy tales to footballing success. And he does mention the war. A lot.
While an hour in the company of these jesters is a surreal pleasure, some of the physical skits are rather juvenile and passé. It's Wehn's observations that make it all worthwhile and prove that German humour does exist and it's very, very dry.
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