Jokes2Go Performance at Mad Monkey Room Berlin

What is the future of stand-up comedy? Is it zoom shows? Is it live shows and 2m in between every audience member? Or is it this: Joke2Go? 

Last week, I put a stage outside our comedy club Mad Monkey Room at Helmholtzkiez, Prenzlauer Berg Berlin. I told unsolicited jokes to people passing by. It was pure joy.

The neighbors could choose from my joke menu. Heckling was also an option, which one woman made use of. She said „I don’t have time to hear a joke“ so I went, well just pretend you just heard one and didn’t like it and yell booo. She did and it was the loveliest heckle I ever had. It was a fun and easygoing way to do publicity for the comedyclub, get some stand-up spirit back and have heartfelt, real human contact.

But. As a Hobby-Germanologist it is striking how the German speaking pedestrians are the most reluctant to receive free comedy. „It’s free, it’s fun, it’s artsy. She’s not gonna get us with her fun. Lets walk by fast, cuz evil lurks everywhere“ is the vibe I got from some people. 

My past performances all happened at festivals. People already had a „festival mind“ and were prepared for fun things to happen. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we had a festival mind always? Then again, I know I am too negative myself. I was walking home in the warm sun and felt light drops on me. Probably someone watering their balcony plants. Yet my FIRST thought was OMG someone is spraying me with ACID. When is live comedy coming back so I can say that onstage?

Thanks to Mad Monkey Room Comedy Club and Nina Böhm for this day and the photos

Working from home

So I just came back from two weeks vacation in Portugal. Yeah I know – you can actually spend two weeks in that tiny country. Oh that wasn’t what you were wondering? Oh, you meant because of that thing, that makes tons of people sick, makes others fight over toilet paper and comedy dudes start yet another podcast? 

“Home Office” (2019)

I read the news once in the morning, once in the evening, that’s it. And only the German public-service broadcast, nothing more. I unfollow everyone who posts only about the C word. I do not have energy for more. On vacation, I check the news even less. But when you don’t check the news, the news eventually check on you. So in Portugal, suddenly the bars were closed, then the restaurants and lastly the beach. And then we went back to Berlin. 

Since then, people have asked me how my artist life has changed. Not at all. I sit at my desk and draw what I think is funny. With or without quarantine: 

“Home Office” 2020

With all my shows cancelled I’m glad I can work at home, too. My dad called „we are so worried since you’re a freelancer and all your shows get cancelled“. I said „Don’t worry, I was hardly booked anyway“. Was that the wrong answer? 

With no shows I have time to finish my illustration projects. Except now I have my boyfriend home all day – who’s finally experiencing me working. He looks at me drawing at my desk all day and said „why don’t you go watch a movie for a change“. Like drawing is my hobby equally to watching netflix. No, this is actually what I do all day.

Thanks for the photo and watching the stream yesterday, Christl!

The other day he threw paper trash away – so he thought. He placed it in my art collage box where I keep years old, crucial paper snippets that I will one day turn into art. I laughed. The most confused/happiest of all is my dog. Everyone home? Is it forever weekend? Is it a holiday? What’s going on?! 

Classic question, art or trash?

 

Yesterday, my dog constantly crushed my video live stream. I did graphic recording for a digital conference (for my fellow Impulspiloten crew). Since everything was digital – the host, speakers, the coffee break – I decided to draw analog (see photo above). It was pure joy to hold my paper drawings (and dog) in the camera and present them to the audience.

Employee of the month

I hope you all are coping and staying inside. Because if you’re actually working outside you wouldn’t have time to read this right. <3

Shows update

Of course, all my upcoming shows will be postponed / cancelled. Updates will follow. Until then I have time to write jokes, draw cartoons, do more art, finish reading watchmen. What will you do?

Also, I am finally open for commission again, so if you need anything drawn, like your portrait on a toilet paper cuz why not, hit me up! https://www.ingridwenzel.de/kontakt/

Until then, I post funny stuff mostly in my instagram stories: https://www.instagram.com/wenzelgram/ (sorry you have to sign up for that, will look for an easier version eventually).