While there are tons of events going on around the city, there’s one in particular that caters to the English crowd in a hilarious fashion. Can you guess? Yep, The English Language Comedy Night.
It’s an evening performance bringing you English speaking comedians from across the world and allowing local and international people to connect with each other in a laid back “let’s drink beer” kind of way.
So, there is this guy, George is his name. He put this together a few years ago and it’s been growing throughout Germany ever since. It was also ironically the first event I found online when I moved to Düsseldorf and I constanly hear raving reviews from others around the city too. So, I asked George a few questions to give you a better idea of what The English Language Comedy Night is all about.
Please meet George, the man behind The English Language Comedy Night.
Please introduce yourself, George.
My name is George. I come from Phoenix, Arizona and produce/perform comedy shows throughout Germany. And yes, ich kann sehr gut deutsch.
How long have you lived in Dusseldorf?
I’ve been in Germany for 6 years, Düsseldorf for approx. 1.5 years. Before this I was in Berlin and Heidelberg.
What’s the English Language Comedy Night?
The English Language Comedy Night (#ELCN, let’s get that trending!) is a pet project of mine currently starting its 3rd season. I work in collaboration with several venues in 5 cities where we regularly perform (Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Essen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt) and a few one-off shows in other cities. Düsseldorf is definitely the strongest, we always sell out! The aim is to bring out top acts and rising stars to perform their best material for an enthusiastic audience. There are jokes about many topics, but the overarching theme is international experiences and personal cultural stories- no one-liners or puns, sorry!
What are your plans for comedy in Germany?
I think comedy is an art form that can be done in many languages. But just as how some people prefer opera in the original Italian, there’s something about the English language that makes stand up so great. All across the country are growing English comedy scenes which are just starting to connect with each other. Additionally, Germany has a huge number of expats and immigrants coming every year- and many of them struggle with the culture shock. My plans are to introduce fantastic English comedy to audiences that are curious about the art, are nostalgic for home, or just want a laugh. Presently I’m looking for potential collaborations and partners across the country to make all this a reality.
What’s your favorite spot in Düsseldorf?
I really like the Düssel, especially when the sun is rising/setting- great place for a run. The only problem is when you get too close to the paper recycling plant and it smells like farts.
What’s your favorite altbier? Because you know, that’s important.
Schumacher, hands down. You don’t hang all those medals from your rafters unless you earned it.
What hobbies do you have outside of comedy?
Well, Pokemon GO has pretty much sapped all my free time lately (keep an eye out for GeorgeSchorsch1). I also enjoy running and cooking spicy food, just can’t satisfy my need for heat otherwise! I keep a pretty active blog with jokes about expat life and love interacting with fans on Twitter and Instagram (hint hint).
Now, the never ending question, why Düsseldorf?
I get this question a lot. A lot of people were surprised to hear that I moved from Berlin (one of the hottest cities in Germany) for Düsseldorf. Truthfully, I love how close the city is to so many things. There’s a real international vibe and a great chance to meet other expats. It’s absolutely gorgeous along the Rhine and I can be in 3 different countries in 3 hours, if I wanted. Plus- I love cartwheels, so there’s that!
Are you convinced? Ready to jump in on the next opportunity to check out The English Language Comedy Night? Stay tuned on Facebook as we’ll be announcing the event on Facebook – o’reilly’s (venue location), Life in Düsseldorf and while you’re at it, you can creep George out as well.
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