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“Insightful and hysterical… endless original jokes” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
“Waves of comedy gold… as close to stand-up genius that I have ever seen” ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide
“A German combination of Jim Jefferies and Bill Hicks… observational comedy and satire at its finest” ★★★★★ Three Weeks
Paco Erhard’s comedy is a high-octane mix of social satire, playful madness, comparisons between Britain and his native Germany, and an obsession with the question: How to be happy in a world we know is essentially f***ed?
In 2013, the German comedian showed his true colours with Djerman Unchained, a dark, honest, hard-hitting show about drugs, consumerism, nationalism, poverty, lies, and his own meandering life around the world. Three Weeks called the show “a German combination of Jim Jefferies and Bill Hicks… observational comedy and satire at its finest”; What’s On Comedy described it as “dark, intelligent, absurdly hilarious”.
Beyond this, Paco Erhard is mainly known as the comedy expert on Germany. His show 5-Step Guide to Being German, “an extremely clever analysis of the modern German psyche [and] uproariously hilarious” (Independent Daily) sold out at comedy festivals worldwide and was booked by British, German, and Australian schools, cultural institutions and corporations. Going beyond the stereotypes, Paco Erhard tends to cast a real and honest look at what he lovingly calls his “charming, crazy mishap of a country”.
Born in Munich, Paco Erhard lived in 9 different regions of Germany before escaping to the USA at 17. He has since lived in America, Sicily, Spain, Germany and the UK, and travelled all five continents. Before turning to stand-up, he worked in many an odd job around the world (cameraman on whale-watching boats, starving poet, journalist, toilet cleaner, business consultant, video game tester, compere for Britain’s Sun-educated in Magalluf and Tenerife, as well as some grey-area jobs) while reading Nietzsche, Foucault, Conrad, Achebe, Ngugi wa’Thiongo, Derrida, Camus and other angry men.
He has performed in the UK, Australia, Singapore, Spain, Argentina, and Germany, in English, German, Spanish, and Italian. He loves East London and lives in a suitcase.
TV, Radio & Web
ABC, SBS, PBJ, RTR, 5aa (all Australia, 2012 – 2013)
Solo shows & Festivals
Ex-German (2012 – 2013):
5-Step Guide to Being German (2011 – 2014):
The bald and the beautiful (with Alex Marion and Elise Harris) (2010)