Instagram Down

If you’ve followed me on Instagram, you know it’s not quite the National Portrait Gallery of Ingrid. But rather Ingrid’s Fine Art Institute. Well, now it’s a Mausoleum. My account is deactivated. And most sadly, I didn’t even post anything dirty! It seems like a technical bug:

Instagram was like „give us your damn phone number! We’ll send you an SMS code. Makes your account more secure, sucker“. I said „ugh, fine.“ Typed in my phone number. Never got the SMS code. Since then: account deactivated. And in a way secure, I guess? What makes you feel safest? Um, death.

It seems like Instagram knows about this problem. But doesn’t give a damn. The online help center says „didn’t get sms code? Try our Backup-Code. Here’s the link: https://help.instagram.com/000000000000000 „“. The link is dead, like my account:

 

You can’t contact Instagram. It’s like trying to contact a kidnapper that doesn’t want your ransom. I sent them a tweet, was ignored by them. Silly me. Email? Nope. You can only contact them inside the app. And for that, you gotta log in. Duh! So I created a back-up account. Don’t follow me there, it’s something only between me and Instagram. And my kidnapped account. (Of course, you can follow me there, until my old account is back on: www.instagram.com/wenzelgram ).

 

 

Until I hear back, or if at all, I created my own Instagram. I’m uploading my cartoons now on Ingegram: www.ingridwenzel.de/cartoons At least that link works.

Also, this is probably the best photo I shot today, or ever:

 

#nomakeup #nobackup #nobanana

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

 

 

 

 

 

One Year Stand-up for the Ladies

I’m celebrating one year of Stand-up for the Ladies. Germany’s only regular stand-up comedy show, that features primarily female comedians. Why? Because we need it! One year! Before starting it, I was inspired by a weekly Open Mic called Hysteria!, that I visited in San Francisco. One year ago, before the first show, some comedians told me, that my mic will take place once and never again. “Because there are no female comedians”. Well, guess for my show, they all left their stove and washhouse exiles. Because somehow we’re still running. And more and more women decide to try out stand-up – and look for a save space to do so. Hell Yeah! Because women have the same right to bomb as men. And since it got around that my show is not “just a Ladies Night” but actually a quality comedy room, more and more male comedians perform there, too. And they don’t have to wear wigs! Some people asked me why men are allowed on stage. Because all comedians are welcome, as long as their only punchline in not “haha that cunt!”. After doing shows for one year, I’m happy and grateful for every performer. On my stage, we have watched women perform stand-up for the very first time and professionals swinging by just for fun. What a treat!

Last week, we had six comediennes on stage. And my dear photographer Sergey Sanin was with us again. I baited him with Hamburg’s best brownies. And, of course comedy – whenever he has time to listen in between releasing the shutter. You can check out his photographs from last week following this link. For this post, I wanted to post like every photo but before I don’t get any sleep at all, I finally made a selection. Will “Stand-up for the Ladies” continue when I move to Berlin? Before I go there for good, there will be two more shows: In April, we have an all English Comedy showcase “Ladies of Laughter” with sets from Caroline Clifford (UK), Carmen Chraim (Lebanon) and me – hosted by Captain Khalid. And the following month, “Stand-up for the Ladies” is back on May 16th. And then we will see about the future.

(All photo credits and rights: Sergey Sanin. You’re allowed to post them when naming him.)