Eine Stunde Late Night Art Comedy mit Ingrid Wenzel im Ateliertheater/Wirtzhaus Köln.
Der Eintritt ist frei, da ich an meinem neuen Special arbeite, an frischen Geschichten und Jokes feile und ich dafür ein Publikum brauche. Am Ende gibt’s wohl eine Spende. Angeblich kann man dort nicht wirklich Plätze reservieren – einfach rechtzeitig kommen und wir machen uns einen schönen artsy Abend. Bis dahin, ich freue mich auf euch.
Mehr Infos auf der Homepage vom Ateliertheater: http://ateliertheater.de/prog03
When I perform in small rooms, I like to take photos of the other comedians with my phone. I love catching intimate moments of pure concentration, anticipation and also introspection, solitude as well as joy and tender interchanges. Before they metamorphose to onstage personas.
The moments before a performance, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, have something ritualistic, sacred to it. Comedians going over their notes look like they are praying.Writing their new jokes on hands becomes a ceremonial tattoo. Nervously trembling back and forth looks like a walking meditation. The donation boxes taken from some apocalyptic church.
And next to documenting the performer, the photos reveal the atmosphere of show room architecture and German interiors. Jazz cellars, East German pubs turned hipster cafes. Lastly, my goal is to document our comedy Avantgarde before we are all rich and famous (fingers crossed). Here are some snapshots I took last night at the weekly open mic Kottikomedy at Monarch, directly at Kottbusser Tor in Berlin.
Edit Sept.5: I was proud of my shots so I sent them to photographer Sergey Sanin for feedback. He edited some of them and now our church of comedy looks even more intense.
Quick announcement that I’m delighted to host the 10 PM Show at Comedy Cafe Berlin again. I will post more info about this spectacular Late Night Show soon (unless you don’t need more info and me being there is enough, here are the hard facts: Come by Comedy Cafe Berlin Roseggerstr. 17 Berlin Neukölln June 1st 10 PM. Tickets online 5,5 and 7,5 at the door ). Here’s a gif:
People keep asking me “what is it that you like about Roasts”? I always answer “imagine you are with your best friends and they all insult you.” What’s not to love about that? They know you, they love you and they know how to cross your line. Well, and strangers watch. For the audience it does sometimes just look like bullying. So I get it why it takes a certain meanie to enjoy Roasts. And a certain experience to write and perform a good Roast.
My favorite day last year was when we met up with five comedians, one had to sit in the middle and got roasted by the others. We did that for an entire day. I had muscle ache from laughing. They insulted me with my looks, my career, my relationships. It was pure joy. To me, this negativity is hilarious, truthful and cleansing.
Of course, a TV show cannot fully get across on screen what we feel live. But, I’m proud I was part of the first German Comedy Central Roast Battle. It was fun, it looks amazing and I’m roasting my comedy pal Stefan Danziger. And I already got some hate mail for it, yay. The episodes air every Saturdays at 10 pm and are then on youtube. Next live Roast is May 31st at Quatsch Comedy Club Berlin. Also, Ben Schmid gave a detailed interview to watson.de about our high brow entertainment. Here are some show impressions:
And here two photos from my first Roast in some Berlin dive bar with no mic in front of 30 people back in 2017 when we were just kids: