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One afternoon in April, I attended a friend’s birthday party on Zoom in the company of eight friends whose familiar faces appeared on my computer screen. It should have been ‘a Zoom with a view’, but it was the first time I had ever tried Zoom, and so, while the others chatted and joked with … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Zoom in – or out?
Let’s call it a lockup. It’s more positive. Apparently a lockup is the slang word for a prison, while a lockdown is the confinement of people for security reasons. New words and phrases explode in times of social crises, and one has to catch on quickly or be caught out. When the word ‘Brexit’ sprang … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: How to be corona positive
TS Eliot called April “the cruellest month”, and at this rate he might have a very good point. Laughter lozenges It’s bad enough that we’ve spent a winter huddling together around flickering candles (which the Danes insist on calling ‘hygge’), but now we’re being advised to spend our time indoors when the sun is out … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Put on a happy face!
Given that it will soon be time for Christmas, new readers of the CPH POST might be interested to know that every year my English theatre in Copenhagen presents Crazy Christmas Cabaret, a wild, uproarious comedy at the Glassalen theatre in the heart of Tivoli, which has absolutely nothing to do with the festive period. … Continue reading Crazier than Christmas: Are you ready for a crazy Brexit Christmas?
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!