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I wrote a show called ‘Killing the Danes’ in which I posed the question that if Danes are so damnably happy, why are there so many unsmiling faces around? Nation at Land’s End To many of my Danish friends, the country that offers the best humour is Britain. Think Monty Python, Eddie Izzard and, for … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Is Brexit killing comedy?
Many of us love our theatre trips to London and, as it’s my profession, I indulge more than most. No swift exits here Last week I was there and I was amazed that although it was a rainy Tuesday in March, during the countdown to Brexit, the theatres were doing fantastic business. I bought a … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Gloom or glitter?
This is the third year in a row that Donald Trump (aka Ronald Rump) has appeared in my Crazy Christmas Show in Tivoli. Joker in the pack The first time I wrote him into my show was before his election in 2016, at which point I never expected him to become president. The jokes I … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Playing the Trump card again?
I divided my summer between England, Greece and Spain. Everywhere I went the atmosphere was heated – and not just by the warm weather. The goon’s a balloon When I arrived in London, protesters made it clear what they thought of Trump. “DUMP TRUMP” signs were mixed with ruder ones – the ‘coup de theatre’ … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: A hot summer of Brexit, Grexit and Bremain
It’s June! Hooray! Flowers bloom, bees buzz and the sun appears − well sometimes − and those normally shy Danes speed around on their bikes half-naked, chatting happily on their mobiles. Summer’s insane smile Yummy mummies sit outside at cafes instead of inside watching their prams through steamed-up windows. At last we can forget about … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: What iverden is Revy?!
You’re going to do an English panto here in Denmark? Well don’t expect us to shout ‘Hooray’ and ‘Boo’. Danes are far too shy.” Everyone said this to me when I started the Crazy Christmas Show 35 years ago. And the audiences were indeed astonished to see ‘the fourth wall’ crumble in front of their … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: One more year granted!
Just when you thought you’d had enough of Trump’s tweets! Star bore repartee And Theresa May’s Brexit, Kim Jong-un’s rockets, Chancellor Merkel’s popularity dive, climate change, lethal shootings, sexual harassment cases and the latest spate of science fiction movies – including ‘Star Wars’, which now appears at a rate of one a year, not including … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: The Han(d) Solo of comedic resource
Everyone remembers where they were when Kennedy was assassinated or when Princess Diana was killed, and now we all know where we were when we heard that Trump was elected president. If, like me, you had been living on a diet of late-night American chat shows – you might have thought it was a joke. … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Something rotten
Everyone remembers where they were when Kennedy was assassinated or when Princess Diana was killed, and now we all know where we were when we heard that Trump was elected president. If, like me, you had been living on a diet of late-night American chat shows – you might have thought it was a joke. … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Where is the silver lining?
In November, December and January every year, 60,000 people come to Tivoli to enjoy the fun of my English-language Crazy Christmas Show. Many Danes say that it’s not really Christmas unless they have seen it with friends and family. No procedural wildcards The show has become one of those many traditions that the Danes love, … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Tradition with a twist
This could be you up here on the stage … this could be where you belong!” These were the lyrics of the opening song at the Tony Theatre Awards in America. On the same evening I went to the Reumert Theatre Awards that annually celebrate the best plays and musicals in Denmark. The opening number … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Life’s a stage Denmark, so show some emotion
There are a combined 324 countries and territories in the world, and Henrik Jeppesen, a Dane aged 28, recently became the youngest person to visit them all. Decade of dedication Jeppesen mostly achieved his impressive record over 10 years, mainly financing his self-imposed challenge by means of hotel and airline sponsorships. Otherwise, he slept in … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Anything you can do, Mr Jeppesen!
Watching Donald Trump on the TV screen these days makes me wonder how he ever got so far? Not only is he a maniac who rants endless political garbage, but he is also a man. Hillary is the better choice and not least because she is a woman. Cannier, capable, courageous It was International Women’s … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: What we need is balls!
There is a murder mystery about Shakespeare that could rattle the foundations of literary history. Evergreen themes But should this story be told? Perhaps not. It is the 400th anniversary of his death, and theatres everywhere will be performing the plays and discussing his genius. In Denmark, ‘King Lear’ is currently playing at the Royal … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: To tell or not to tell
During the year there is a phenomenon in Denmark called ‘Hygge’, which I define as the three Cs: cosiness, conviviality and companionship. Christmas commandeering All year round the Danes love hygge, and then in December, something happens. The hygge stops and ‘Julehygge’ begins. Hygge requires meeting friends for a drink and lighting a candle, but … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Julehygge!