REVIEW: Henning Wehn, Diss Corn Hall

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Henning Wehn has carved himself a curious niche - as an oxymoronic German comedian in a country that prides itself on its stand up.

Nicely riffing off the absurdity of such a proposition, he takes delight in mocking British stereotypes with just enough truth to be funny, and just enough offence to make you question your prejudices.

The show is presented as a foreigner’s view of the Brits, but Wehn is smart enough to make his observations resonate with the audience he purports to knock.

He makes insightful observations; his fury at a culture built on poverty and debt is the strongest part; but his set is mostly about revealing what we already know about ourselves. He’s not adverse to silliness either, evidenced by his silly hat and props.

Some material sailed close to the xenophobia he purported to condemn, but was performed with such charm that the crowd not only laughed, they cheered.

By the end of the evening, Wehn not only had the encore scheduled in, he had the audience chanting for it in German.

DAVID VASS