My best 9 of 2016

Yesterday, I hosted and djed one of Hamburg’s biggest New Year’s Eve parties at Emporio Tower for the third time in a row. It was a lovely fest with good food, the best view on the fireworks and, of course, a great music mix. It also brought back last year’s memories: Beneath the highest, 360° glass facade floor, there are 22 levels of offices. Last year, when unloading my dj equipment, a posh office guy stood with me in the elevator and said “working New Year’s Eve? Bet you’re making good money tonight. Well, whatever you make tonight, I make that in one hour.” That was the same night, when, at the very end of the party, a fire alarm went off. Some people’s New Years resolution to work out more were put promptly into action: for safety reasons, we had to walk down 23 levels. (It turned out later, that it was false alarm. But that was when we all already walked downstairs). This year, everything was fine. No condescending businessmen, no fire alarm, just a great party. To celebrate the New Year, I chose 9 pictures of me in 2016, that were most important to me:

 

From January to March 2016, I went to San Francisco to do Stand-up Comedy everyday. This is the only photo of me performing ((c) davemadedetroit). I will try to put back together my blog entries of those month, with names such as “Getting lost at the gay beach” and “Blackout at my sixth open mic”.

 

In the end, true art is the best. Because of zero time, I rushed through the newly opened San Francisco Museum of Modern Art like a cheapskate through Walmart on Black Friday – only to have some alone time with Mark Rothko. The painter threw gazillion layers of color reflecting oil paint over each other, so I can enjoy a sensuous stimulation. While others just call it “umm lol that’s just blue and red lame gtfo.” Getting a Rothko poster is like only looking at sheet music instead of listening to it. I meditated in front of it, when suddenly the security lady interrupted me screeching “we’re closing in three minutes!!!!1”. Now I know how speed dating must feel like when you found the love of your life. That was the same moment when I realized some people taking pictures of me and Mark. I later approached them (i.e. stalked them down by the restrooms) and asked for the pic. My equivalent to a rollercoaster ride pic. ((c) @ying_leah and @jcklbyfsh)

 

This is one of the few photos I took in Brussels. I was traveling via Brussels airport and landed when the attack happened. This is a photo of a young American traveler after the evacuation. I became friends in despair with her, just ten minutes after I took this pic. She and her friend were two of the best people I met this year. I will try to repair my hacked blog posts from the four days I spent with them in Belgium!

 

This is Jonah, natural born comedian from Uganda and best Ingrid impersonator. We had many face making battles during my visit in his village. I stayed with my friend Cindy, who was a peace corps volunteer there. I blogged about how the entire village laughed at my coffee grinding skills, how a woman at a club taught me how to dance, how to scare Ugandan kids by being white, how Uganda changed my western beauty standard forever and how twenty people and thirty chicken fit in one cab.

 

Not in this picture: the nude male model that we were drawing. Me and Stefan Karstens hosted our first bachelorette party at Galerie30 and I explained figure drawing to the bride and her girlfriends. They later went outside and sold their artworks! So before you get a stripper, contact us and we’ll combine it with sophisticated art.

 

Inspired by my experiences in San Francisco, I decided that I need to make a change to make the male dominated Stand-up Comedy scene in Germany more diverse. This is a photo from the second show that I hosted this year ((c) Sergey Sanin), where only women (or significantly more women that men) performed. (From left to right: Martina Matze Schönherr, Christin Jugsch, Birte Otschakowski, Alicja Heldt, Regina Pichler and Ingrid Wenzel).

 

Thanks to @chr_mae for this great shot of my improv buddy Regina Pichler and me. Together we are Push Any Button Improv. “Regina writes, Ingrid draws, everyone is happy”. We were at Neustadt Festival Hamburg and made custom made Wikipedia “wikipediYEAH” articles for everyone. More upcoming projects will follow soon!

 

I’m done painting a portrait once I can faceswap it.This year, I started taking painting classes and I’m having more fun that I’m supposed to.

 

Also in 2016, I started drawing cartoons and this is one of my favorites addressing women in comedy. The host’s speech bubble says “Next on stage, we have a woman”. I can’t believe I didn’t draw cartoons like this like ten years ago.