Henning Wehn

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Henning Wehn
Henning Wehn.jpg
Wehn in 2013
Born (1974-04-10) 10 April 1974 (age 41)
Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
Medium Stand-up, television, radio
Nationality German
Website henningwehn.de

Henning Wehn (German pronunciation: [ˈhɛnɪŋ ˈveːn]; born 10 April 1974) is a German stand-up comedian based in London.


Wehn moved to the UK in 2002 to work in the marketing department of Wycombe Wanderers FC. One evening he saw an open mic night and decided to try comedy.[1][2] He is famous for his catch-phrase "Jesus invented..."

Since October 2003[3] Wehn has been the self-styled "German Comedy Ambassador in London".[4] After beginning his career as "warm-up act" to various comedians in London (including Stewart Lee for Comedy Vehicle), he now has his own act on the British comedy circuit.[5]

Wehn has appeared on the panel shows 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, Room 101, Would I Lie To You?, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and QI, and also appeared on Channel 4's political discussion/comedy show 10 O'Clock Live in May 2013. He is a recurring panellist on both the BBC Radio Five Live comedy sports show Fighting Talk and on the BBC Radio Four panel game The Unbelievable Truth.[6] Henning also appeared as a panel member on the 2015 season of 'Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice' on BBC Two.

On Would I Lie to You?, Wehn revealed that he spent three weeks on the Interpol missing persons list, having travelled to Morocco with a man he met on a train in Spain.

In 2014, Wehn and fellow comedian Mark Watson fronted a travelogue in Brazil called The Road to Rio for Dave. In the show they explored the country's sporting culture, tying in with the 2014 World Cup held in the country.

Approach to comedy[edit]

Wehn's work embodies stereotypes of the Germans that are widespread in the United Kingdom. As an example, he will analyze a joke in the most minute detail in order to explain it.[original research?]


  1. ^ "Comedy: Henning Wehn shows how an outsider's perspective is useful in joking about Britain". scotsman.com. 
  2. ^ "I expected yobs, but got a royal welcome". The Times. 
  3. ^ "Henning Wehn: interview". Time Out. 10 November 2006. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Henning heads to the Deutsch market". Elmbridge Guardian. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Germans flex their funny bone". BBC News. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Henning Wehn. "The German Comedy Ambassador". henningwehn.de. 

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