Frank-Markus Barwasser

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Frank-Markus Barwasser as Erwin Pelzig, wearing a corduroy hat.

Frank-Markus Barwasser (born 16 February 1960 in Würzburg) is a German political satirist and journalist.[1] On stage, he almost always acts as the character of Erwin Pelzig, wearing a corduroy hat.

Barwasser grew up in Würzburg, Lower Franconia, Bavaria. After working for the local newspaper, Main-Post, he studied political science, history and ethnology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the University of Salamanca. From 1985, he began his career on stage as a satirist. In 1993, he invented the character of Erwin Pelzig, which has been his most popular character ever since.

Until 2013, he was co-host, with colleague Urban Priol, of the satirical ZDF show Neues aus der Anstalt and until 2015 he was host of a talk show for the same channel, "Pelzig hält sich".


  1. ^ "Erwin Pelzig kommt ins Kino". Berliner Morgenpost. 10 June 2008. Retrieved 21 November 2011.