Photos from Stand-up for the Ladies in Hamburg

Stand-up for the Ladies with ten comedians!

The German stand-up comedy underground is growing and last week’s show was proof of it. When I started my Show Stand-up for the Ladies last year, I said „when I get more than four female Comedians on stage, I achieved my goal and quit“. Because statistically, a Comedyshow books like 0,3215 women per show. I want to show the opposite. And with time it is possible. At last week’s show, TEN comediennes performed! And I’m not quitting. Because it’s too much fun. And because it’s an important stage for newcomers to test their material, their act, their craft. As a new comedian, you need to perform perform perform. There are no short cuts in comedy!

The more comedians the merrier comedy

A colleague recently asked me “aren’t you happy, that there aren’t that many female comedians, because that way you stick out more?”. No no no hell no. The more the better. The more female voices we make heard, the better! The more diverse, the better. Generally, we need more comedians. We also need more shitty Comedians. Yes your read that right. People sometimes ask me why there are so many good comedians from the USA? Because they have so many shitty comedians. The bigger the ice berg, the better the peak. And I want to build a giant ice berg as if there is no climate change!

That’s why I keep asking: Do you want to perform? Do you know someone, who has to go on stage? We are always looking for more womenx and menx to try stand-up comedy. You can contact us also via email: standupfortheladies@gmail.com

The last show for this year

I’m just quitting for this year. Next year, Stand-up for the Ladies will be back! When exactly is not certain yet, but I will post it here and on our facebook page. On there, I also just published nice photographs from last week. Because I had my favorite photographer Sergey Sanin there and he took stunning portraits of everyone. Here are some of them.

This episode’s comedians were:

Martina “Matze” Schönherr, Jenny Kallenbrunnen, Kristina Bogansky, Katarzyna Kamosiak, Stephy Bauer, Anton Grübener, Ghasal Falaki, Anni Winter, Natalie Schröder, Headliner Birte Rehberg and yours truly, Host Ingrid Wenzel.

 

 

Running Order (c) Sergey Sanin

 

Women in comedy
Best class photo thanks to (c) www.SergeySanin.de

 

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Big Thanks to our location Jolly Jumper/Haus73 Hamburg (c) Sergey Sanin

 

 

All ten Stand-up Comedians plus Stargast & “Quotenmann” Anton Grübener (c) Sergey Sanin (From left to right, top to bottom: Martina Schönherr, Ingrid Wenzel, Jenny Kallenbrunnen, Kristina Bogansky, Katarzyna Kamosiak, Stephy Bauer, Anton Grübener, Ghasal Falaki, Anni Winter, Natalie Schröder and Headliner Birte Rehberg.)

 

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Passing the Mic. This is what a proud parent must look like. It was Anni’s first stand-up performance and it was MAGIC! (c) Sergey Sanin

 

 

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: