My Comedy Keynote at Rednergilde Hamburg

In May, I was invited by the speaker convention Rednergilde to speak at their business and networking event in Hamburg. I performed a stand-up comedy set in combination with my cartoons. It was my first time performing at a nice, fancy business hall. And not like usually, inside a dingy back room in between passed out drunks. The theme of the night was “future” (in German “Zukunft”).

The first thing I did to prepare myself? I googled it!

Surprisingly, when you google picture search “Zukunft”, you only get signposts. Is creating the future as easy as following a signpost, as google suggests? Hint: no. Even more surprising: when you search for “future”, google picture only gives you images of a guy named Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn. He’s a rapper and his alias is future. He obviously wanted to challenge Search Engine Optimation. And succeeded. I’m happy when people google my name at all. And then find me.

It was fun creating a witty and insightful stand-up set about one certain topic. And now I’m a speaker. I only need other businesses to find me when they google “speaker, comedy, cartoons”. Let’s hope for the best. Until then, let’s have a look at some impressions of my performance, thanks to photographer Peter Walther (c).

 

I drew the (german) google picture result for “Zukunft” and “Future”. Whereas “Zukunft” gives you only signposts, “Future” gives you only a rapper named Future.

 

 

I drew the (german) google picture result for “Zukunft” and “Future”. Whereas “Zukunft” gives you only signposts, “Future” gives you only a rapper named Future.

 

 

My first comedy gig in a business hall, not a dingy backroom.

 

 

 

I talked about if the future was as clear and easy as following a signpost, as google suggests. Hint: no

 

 

I created the WENZEL FONT just for this event

 

WENZEL FONT

 

 

 

 

Busy sniffin’ flowers with the other speakers

Stand-up for the Ladies

There are 72.246.655 hashtags with the word #blessed on instagram. Enough reasons to not use that word myself. But this week I was blessed. On Monday, my first comedy and cartoon gig went great (pics coming soon). And on Tuesday, I hosted my show “Stand-up for the Ladies” at Haus73 Hamburg. We were seven female and two male comedians. Take that, mainstream comedy shows booking only one woman, if at all! And three of them had their first gig ever that night on my stage. First performances are always historic! It was a great show. So great, that afterwards I didn’t even mind taking the 4 hour night bus from Hamburg to Berlin. I expected the bus driver to announce the stop Berlin – he did not! I didn’t set an alarm. Thankfully, I woke up by myself. If not, I would have woken up at final destination Prague! Auch schön.

And thanks to Sergey Sanin, I got nice photo proof from the show.

PS: On Thursday, I commuted again to Hamburg. I hosted a comedyshow at a hair salon. (yeah, big theaters, my time will come eventually). At the end, eight police officers showed up. “Neighbors alarmed us. They suspected a burglary because they heard a strange noise”. What, laughter? A burglary disguised as a comedyshow! Only in Germany. And yes, after the show I again took the night bus back to Berlin – and set an alarm. 

 

Host und Holzfäller

 

 

Me and my improv Buddy Regina performing GRUNZ & REMPEL (A German improv version of Antique Roadshow)

 

 

Our “company logo”

 

 

I had to make sure I had the right crowd in the room because in the room next door there was a political panel discussion – and a few guests actually confused the rooms and came a few minutes late to my show

 

 

The show title could also be “Nice people performing good comedy” <3 thankful and…. #blessed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Comedy in Hamburg

This month, we combined the German Kaffeeklatsch und the English tea time and did a Sonntagsspaziergang to an English Stand-up comedyshow called “Ladies of Laughter”. It took place Sunday afternoon at 4pm and was it’s first of a kind. Our location Haus 73, Hamburg’s alternative heart pacer, served tea, coffee, beer and cake. My “comedy brother” Khalid (for some reasons, he refers to me as “sister”, so I give him back the favor) organized the show and booking, did a guest set and brought Rwandan comedian Michael with him, who happened to hang out in Hamburg.  I had fun hosting this afternoon comedy parlor with an international audience. It’s nice to give Hamburg some international comedy flair. Or some comedy flair at all. Opener was Carmen Chraim, originally from Lebanon. In Berlin, she organizes the German-English comedy show “Comedy in Deuglish”. And our headliner was Caroline Clifford (UK), who co-hosts the longest running English comedyshow “We are not gemüsed” in Neukölln. (Running so long, that it actually was the first live comedy show, that I have ever seen in my life. And then thought “I can do that, too”. Four years later, this week, I performed there myself for the first time. Comedy Nostalgia). Recently, I found out how to do photo galleries in WordPress, so I made one for this post. Thanks to Luisa Esch for taking photos that day:

 

 

Comedy Hosting for spacebase at New York Loft Hamburg

I like this story of Tom Waits driving in his car on the freeway, when suddenly a divine inspiration hits him with the melody of the best song ever to be written. He cries to the Heavens “oh God why now, not now, don’t you see I’m driving? I can’t write down the melody anywhere. Go to Leonard Cohen. He probably got time.”
I may have come up with jokes while driving before.  I have definitely never written a good joke at a desk. Divine inspiration doesn’t like office atmospheres. I write them in bed, in the car like Waits, on the bus like Eminem in 8Mile. And mostly walking. Never go on a hike without a cane, a pen and a piece of paper! I have heard of companies, that made the Mittagsspaziergang mandatory.
Have I worked at a desk? Oh yes! Brooding over a joke, elaborating it, re-rewriting it and finally casting it into the trash bin marked „why did I even think this was funny“? Multiple times. Pedanticus, the God of accuracy and persnicketiness, inhales office air. There is a reason why administrations don’t have ball baths and pin pong tables. Files would vanish and reference numbers smudge. Where is file No. 84692? Eh, somewhere stuck between the lounge seats.
So if walking doesn’t keep the mind going, why not rent a creative office at a gas station or a boxing range? Yes, those exists. And I met the people, who rent them out. Two weeks ago, I got to know the Berlin start-up spacebase, specialized in renting out office spaces – ordinary and not so ordinary. And I hosted their networking event “Club der Office Visionäre” in Hamburg. Thank you for a fun, interesting and tasty evening. Here are some impressions:

 

The Hamburg startup company Rundblick 3D presented their virtual reality tours of buildings (c) spacebase

 

 

Thanks for the feedback! (c) spacebase

 

 

I wished this was a photo of me hosting a show kitchen. (c) spacebase

 

 

Me interviewing Jan, one of the spacebase founders, at the New York Loft in Hamburg Eppendorf. (c) spacebase