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Happy Hour Beer Special – This week only!

We’ve updated the menu, let’s drink.

Introducing the Happy Hour Beer Special!

In preparation for warm weather we’ve added some new items to the menu, including Yoyo’s Dark & Stormy and Mellen & Katz Gin & Tonic. Let’s celebrate this change and the arrival of Spring with a good ol’ binge drink. This weekend only!

Happy Hour Beer Special!
From end of show to 11pm, all bottled Pils are €1,50.
Just present your show stamp* to the bartender and say “BEER ME”. 

*You have to buy a ticket to the show to be eligible.

So buy a goddamned ticket and see a goddamned comedy show.

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Introducing The Komedy Kindergarten!

Comedy Café Berlin is expanding its business into childcare with The Komedy Kindergarten.

Here at CCB we believe that being funny is a skill that can be learned and what better way to ensure an innate and intimate knowledge of humor than learning young? They say children who learn multiple languages grow up speaking fluently and with a greater capacity to absorb more knowledge. Beyond languages, we see a similar phenomenon in physical learning like Karate and gymnastics. And let us not forget the numerous examples of violin and piano virtuosi who began their careers just barely out of the womb. The advantages to young learning are infinite and we’re so excited to apply this same concept to joke-telling. 

Our staff of highly trained comedians have spent the last 6 months researching and fine-tuning joke-telling methods for the young and impressionable mind. From basic humor skills for newborns to more complex joke structures for the 5 year olds.

The Komedy Kindergarten skill module includes:

  • Key dangling for newborns
  • Peekaboo for the uninitiated
  • Poop and fart jokes
  • Dealing with clowns and hecklers
  • The double punchline

Starting this month, CCB will be opening up registration for babies and toddlers between the ages of 6 months to 5 years of age. Registration is limited to just 20 spots. We expect a long list so please act quick as we operate on a first come, first serve basis.

For a full prospectus and pricing information please visit our special Komedy Kindergarten page:

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Wall of Fame!

Lovely people! Especially those of you who contributed to the Kickstarter campaign: BEHOLD! the Wall of Fame!

Our hallway is adorned with your names and we couldn’t be happier. If you contributed at the “Wall of Fame” tier, please make sure you swing by and snap a shot of your name!

Likewise, if you contributed at the “Reserved Seating” or “Name of Thrones” tier, your plaques have been up and are waiting for you to gawk at them!

While we’re at it…

We’ve got some new photos from the CCB Kitchen for you to drool over.

Feast your eyes on this:

Photos of food by Kalle Kuikkaniemi


The week’s roundup

Donnerstag
Comedy Reise präsentiert: Labor der spontanen Testreihen – RELOADED!
Impro mit Die Improbanden – Auf Deutsch
5€/3€

Friday
Friday Night Improv with CCB at the MOVIES
Improv with Good Luck, Barbara! – In English
8€/6€

Saturday
Stand-Up Saturdays! with Andrew O’Neill
Stand-up comedy – In English
8€/6€

Sunday
Radio Spätkauf – The Berlin Podcast
Podcast recording – In English
Free
&
The Campfire – Comedy Story-Telling
Stand-up comedy – In English
8€/6€

Secure tickets online or get them at the door. 
And make sure to come early and get food a the CCB Kitchen!

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March Madness!

Spring is almost here!

To celebrate like pagans, we’re giving away 1 free ticket to each show this weekend!

Use the discount code i-promise-to-bring-friends when ordering online for any show this week (Except Sunday – it’s free anyways). First to act gets it. EASY. 

Thursday (Comedy Reise – German Stand-Up with Daniel Wolfson)

Friday (Friday Night Improv with GOOD LUCK BARBARA!)

Saturday (Stand-Up Saturdays! with Chris Davis)

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And, as always, come early for food from the CCB Kitchen or just grab a tasty Vagabund American Pale Ale.

Spotlight on March shows:
 

ORDER TICKETS NOW!

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The Swedes are coming!

Swedish comedy in English? Yes. Please.

The Swedes are coming! And they’re attacking with hilarity. 
CCB is featuring two nights of Swedish comedy this week. In English. Plus our very own resident Swede, Zacarias Branzell, is performing tonight at Comedy Reise! Get up ah! Get on up!

Scent ID

This Friday, Swedish improv group Scent ID are performing as part of our #FridayNightImprov series. They perform a show that is all about human relationships. Whether dysfunctional, functional, neurotic, or erotic, the show is usually funny, occasionally serious, and always entertaining. The ensemble makes a point of hanging out with the audience before shows, talking to them, asking questions, chatting. Sometimes they offer sweets as an icebreaker. They use this interaction instead of the usual audience suggestions as inspiration for their show. 

As an added bonus, they’ll be joined by world class improviser Lori Inbal. 

Berlin doesn’t get much outside improv so it’s a great chance to expand your horizons!

Check the event page for more details. 

 Scent ID
Scent ID

 

Evelyn Mok

This Saturday, Swedish comedian Evelyn Mok is headlining #StandUpSaturdays

Born in Sweden to immigrant Chinese parents, Evelyn challenges pre-disposed norms, blending social commentary with sharp gags about everyday observations. Time Out Introduces 2014, Pleasance Comedy Reserve 2014. As seen and heard on Channel 4’s Comedy Blaps, BBC Radio 2. 

“she’s not someone who panders to a room to get them to love her – as proved beyond doubt with a brutal but funny description of her sexual appetite or her period, that carries an inherent ‘sod you’ to any man who’s not comfortable with such talk“
– Steve Bennett, Chortle

Check the event page for more details. 

 Evelyn Mok
Evelyn Mok

Also…

And, as always, come early for food from the CCB Kitchen or just grab a tasty Vagabund American Pale Ale.

xoxo,
Noah
@Telsonia

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Introducing The CCB Kitchen

We’re turning the page to the next chapter in the CCB book. FOOD.

We’ve been spending a lot of time focusing on making your eyes water from laughter.
Now it’s time to make your mouths water.

Launching TODAY at noon, The CCB Kitchen will be serving up a selection of tasty sandwiches and homemade soups, as well as freshly baked treats and snacks! 

The menu includes a rotating selection of sandwiches including vegetarian and vegan options served on homemade bread rolls: 

~ Slow Cooked BBQ Pulled Pork ~

~ Honey and Mustard Pulled Beef ~ 

~ Halloumi with Roasted Vegetables and Pesto ~

We will be serving high quality food, using the finest locally sourced ingredients in a relaxed and cheerful environment.

Join us!

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Bring it on, 2016!

There’s so much to say! But, wow, what an exciting year it’s been so far! Since opening on October 18th we’ve been non-stop boogying with shows, flowing beer and laughing audiences. 

Some stats:

  • 34 shows and 1 movie screening
  • 1,179 tickets sold
  • 6 sold out shows
  • 3 visiting comedians (Hari Kondabolu, John Robertson and Will Hines) 

Considering, after 3 months of being open, we haven’t had a single night where no one showed up, I think we’re doing pretty alright!

But there’s so much to improve and so much more excitement ahead. Starting in January, CCB will be standardizing it’s schedule, hyper focusing on show quality, offering classes and expanding our café and bar offerings.

What’s in store for 2016?

Shows

  • Donnerstags auf Deutsch – Every Thursday will be dedicated to German language comedy linchpinned by “Das Comedy Labor”, an evening for established and newly established comedians to try out new material, hosted by Jonas Imam and Michael Timm.

  • Friday Night Improv – Every Friday night will feature a regular rotation of short-form and long-form improv comedy, including ComedySportz and Good Luck, Barbara!

  • Stand-Up Saturdays! – Presented by our friends at Egg & Bear, Saturdays are dedicated to the best of the best stand-ups from “homegrown talent to imported celebrities”. It’s comedy for comedy lovers!

  • Sunday Specials – On Sunday evening, you’ll find a mixed bag of live podcast recordings, sketch shows and, something new we’re trying out, Tatort auf englisch – Tatort dubbed into English, live.  
    And to add to it all, you can already start purchasing your tickets online through Eventbrite. #woot

Improv classes

We’ve also teamed up with Hive Improv and will be hosting 4 improv classes every week. If you’re interested, free previews for classes start January 9th! Make sure you sign up!

Food

It’s too soon for us to divulge any details about our plans to kick the kitchen into full gear but just know that in a very short while we’re going to be making mouths water. Watch this space. 

From all of us at CCB, we hope you have a fantastic year ahead and when you don’t, stop by and cheer yourself up. 😀

-Noah
 

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Announcing Hive Improv courses at CCB!

Good news folks! Hive Improv together with Comedy Café Berlin is now offering a full selection of improv courses in English starting January 2016! No where else in the city can you get this kind of highly focused curriculum, with this much variety and with this kind of teaching talent (full disclosure, I’m teaching). 

The gang from Good Luck, Barbara! (Chris J. Rock, Nikki Ratjen, Josh Telson and myself) have been working tirelessly to create separate Hive courses each tackling a different component of improv: Short Form Improv, The Truth of the Scene, Harold & Game and soon, The Movie.    

Have you been coming to improv comedy shows and thinking, “goddamn, I wish I could get me some of that!”? Or have you been caught off guard at work when your boss asks you to give a presentation and your mouth feels like a goddamn piece of stale toast? Or are you that person at the party who holds court in the kitchen telling stories that no one wants to listen to but wishes people would? THEN SIGN UP. 

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Good Luck, Barbara!

Good Luck, Barbara! is Nicole Ratjen, Chris Rock, Josh Telson, and Noah Telson (plus special guests).

We are American/Canadian expats who perform quick-witted, physical, rapid fire yet slow burning English-language long form improv comedy in Berlin, Germany. We have been described as “delightfully quirky” by RBB radio and “a definite recommendation” by impro-news.de. We also perform with various other improv groups, including ComedySportz Berlin.We have trained with the Upright Citizens Brigade, Miles Stroth Workshop, ComedySportz, Dad’s Garage, Lee White, Joe Bill, and others.

You can find us on FacebookTwitter and Tumblr

Former members and special guests of our group include Carlo RitchieTess Degenstein, Maddie Parker, Andrew Reid, Make Shift Improv and Will Hines.  
 

“These guys and gal are a must-see. The sheer speed of their combined brains and sharp humor is mind blowing. I may or may not have laughed til I peed.”
– Kristian Bruun, Actor, BBC’s Orphan Black

“With a passion for the art, the audience and pushing forward it’s hard to imagine these performers not making a big mark on the scene.”
– Lee White, The Crumbs

“Delightfully quirky…”
– rbb inforadio |http://www.inforadio.de/programm/schema/sendungen/kultur/201406/205833.html

“Exciting, a definite recommendation.”
– impro-news.de | http://www.impro-news.de/2014/05/good-luck-barbara-english-improv-longform-in-berlin/

“Good Luck, Barbara! are one of the hottest improv outfits on the
scene. Their obvious chemistry is fantastic to see and no doubt the product of years of honing their group mind. This is something people should see. If your sides aren’t hurting at the end of a GLB show, you’re either impervious to laughter or are significantly fitter than I am, which, frankly, no one is.  A bunch of bloody legends, these guys are the dope. Drink. It. In… or regret it soon and for the rest of your life. They’re just so damned tight!”
– Carlo Ritchie, “The Bear Pack”, “Bonus Stage”, Director “Improv Theatre Sydney”

“In a city that is quickly gaining a reputation for its English comedy “Good Luck, Barbara!” is leading the way. With intelligent, quick-witted storytelling and a quirky, surprising cast, GLB is a joy to watch each and every show. You can’t even call them Berlin’s best kept comedy anymore. The word is out. And the audiences are laughing.”
– Mat Mailandt, NOTORIOUS

“Good Luck Barbara does wonderfully inventive, highly intelligent improv.  Comprised of individually skilled members, their chemistry and experience together creates truly dynamic and unique theatre. Their audience base is enthusiastic and loyal; and GLB never disappoints, delivering whimsical stories, cracked characters, cultural commentary, and huge laughs to eager crowds in Berlin. Simply put, their shows are electric- not to be missed.”
– Tess Degenstein, Improviser/Actor