I’ve been a busy little Lizzie!
This Autumn season has been fantastic for me and my blog. In October, I went on my first press trip ever. I went to Northern France. It was fantastic and I was so well looked after. Thank you Atout France Deutschland and Comité Régional de Tourisme Nord-Pas de Calais!
My blog The British Berliner, had it’s 1st blog birthday on October 21st, and I went on a food walking tour with Eat-the-world. During this time, I also went on a wave of comedy-show watching and quite a few were in one of my favourite places – The Quatsch Comedy Club.
On November 9th, Berlin celebrated and remembered 25 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
I am constantly amazed that I literally live on the doorstep of where the East Berliners initially walked through crying and laughing into the West. How lucky am I!
Crying and laughing I tell you.
Who knew that Germans could be funny?!!!
In May, The Music Producer and I went to see Bill Bailey at the Quatsch Comedy.
He was great and so out there!
Last year, I went to see Eddie Izzard at the Quatsch Comedy too.
He was a scream!
In September, I went to see the Damien Clark (Australian), Isak Jansson (Swedish) and Bobby Mair (Canadian).
It was hilarious. It was so hilarious that tears fell into my champagne!
That’s right tears!
Tears of laughter if you must know!
It seems that the Quatsch Comedy people seem to know a thing or two about how to get people to laugh so much so that I ended up spluttering in my champagne. Ohmigod!?!
A few weeks ago, I invited a new Irish friend of mine to come along with me. Her name is Linda from Expat Eye on Germany, and she made a name for herself where she wrecked havoc in Latvia, now she’s moved to Berlin so watch out people!
We went to see a young Scottish chappie called Daniel Sloss supported by our very own British expat, Jack Woodhead.
Jack was entertaining and sang tales of lost love and happy jollification, back when he lived in New York. He combined his virtuosic piano skills with singing, comedy, and haute couture. He strolled along the stage with his long legs, flashy shoes, and with a huge smile got his nail polish sloshed across the ivory keys of the Grand Piano!
He got us all giggling and then the star of the evening – Daniel Sloss came bounding through like an energetic puppy. And bound he did. Daniel had us up in our seats when he started things off with the Scottish election. He’s from Scotland you see and although he grew up in Fife, he lives in Edinburgh.
In February 2014, Daniel became the first comedian ever to perform twice within 2 months, on the USA’s Conan O’Brien Show. Wow! That’s hot stuff!
Gag after gag after gag came streaming out of Daniel’s mouth. He had us laughing so much that our table shook. He spoke about the Tinder app, the love of his mother, his intellectual parents, drinking urine on stage, and practically being thrown out of Indianapolis ‘cos of his heathen jokes!
I don’t think they found it funny.
So let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, apart from the host and Master of Ceremony of the regular shows: Christian Schulte-Loh who is actually German and is otherwise known as the “German Comedian,” all the performers are either English-native speakers or English-speaking Europeans.
As such, the Quatsch Comedy Club is usually packed with expats, visiting Brits, “exposed” Germans, and English-speaking Europeans who like stand-up comedy.
International comedians are coming to Berlin and showing people what a good performance stand-up comedy can be.
Berlin is making waves and getting noticed.
Stand-up comedy is still a new phenomenon in Germany but the English-speaking scene has been slowly moving out of the underground scene (of which there are many. Free shots of whisky for everyone included!) and into the main-stream.
So let’s get to the nitty-gritty.
WHAT’S THE QUATSCH COMEDY CLUB?
The Quatsch Comedy Club is the baby of Thomas Hermann who is the founder and director of Germany’s first comedy club. Ever. And those shows have always been in German. Last year (2013), for the first time since they opened in 1996, they decided to put on an English-only production. That glory belonged to one of Britain’s top international stars – Eddie Izzard.
I was there.
That show was out of this world!
Everyone who was anyone in the capital city of Berlin, was there. I was on the 3rd row from the front. So yeah. Count me in!
WHAT’S STRICTLY STAND UP ALL ABOUT?
It’s an opportunity for the international audience to get the London and New York comedy club feeling LIVE in Berlin. The line-up changes from show to show but is always hosted by the London-based German comedian, Christian Schulte-Loh.
I like Christian. He’s German and he’s funny. In fact, I liked him so much that when I got the opportunity to interview him, I did so with delight and gusto!
Christian is the host of Strictly Stand Up which is an act of three international highly respected English-speaking stand-up comedians. All the acts are regulars at the top comedy venues world-wide, so we’re getting good stuff. Of course, being Berlin, we get to hang out with the stars after the show too.
At the last Strictly Stand Up gig, we hung out with both Daniel and Jack. We left after midnight as it was a school night, but let me tell you. I didn’t want to and then Linda, went on to have an interesting night of her own LOL!
DO I NEED TO UNDERSTAND GERMAN?
Not in the least!
The comedy club is excellent for an international audience. There might be a few jokes that make reference to Anglo-American shows and characters, but and all you need to do is sit back, have a drink, and enjoy the show!
The English-speaking comedy scene is growing and Berlin is definitely one of the places that if you’re a stand-up comedian with clout, or you love watching live comedy, you have to come to.
The tradition of stand-up is still not well understood in Germany, but it’s definitely improving.
It has always been so much fun.
Recommended all the way!
WHAT IF STRICTLY STAND UP ISN’T MY CUP OF TEA?
Keep reading my blog. There is more to come!
Approximate running time: About 2.5 hours. Not including the drinks and a chatter after the show!
For more information about the show please contact: Strictly Stand Up.
For more information about the venue please contact: Quatsch Comedy Club.
The next STRICTLY STAND UP performance is on November 19th headlined by Terry Alderton (UK), and joined by Al Lubel (USA), Yianni (Australian), and supported by Drew Portnoy (an up-and-coming American Berlin expat)!
This article is not sponsored and even though I received a complimentary ticket, all opinions and the cocktails that I joyfully drank, are my very own!
I have so much to share with you so I will be returning to our adventures in Indonesia, and Qatar, later in November.
Next week, I will be writing about the British National Theatre LIVE productions taking place throughout the month. The next production coming up at Cinestar Berlin – Original is:
Frankenstein – Original Cast on: 13.11.14.
Frankenstein – Reversed Cast on: 27.11.14.
For the rest of the year, Berlin will be celebrating and marking the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
Following a smash-hit tour of the UK and Ireland, LET IT BE will descend on Berlin with a six (6) day exclusive showing of a celebration of The Beatles from 11.11.14 – 16.11.14 at the Admirals Palast. This, I’m sure, is going to be so cooooool!
November is going to be fabulous!
Have you been to a stand-up comedy show? Are you a diva? Is the stage your Forté?
See you in Berlin.
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