|Birth name||Erhard Hübener|
|Born||July 16, 1975|
|Genres||Social Satire, Political satire, Cultural Satire, Self-Deprecating, Observational Comedy, Dark Comedy|
|Subject(s)||German Culture, Global Politics, Current Events|
Paco Erhard (born Erhard Hübener on July 16, 1975) is a German stand-up comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for touring the worldwide, English-language comedy festival circuit.
Erhard is best known for his first solo show, 5-Step Guide to Being German, which premiered in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He has also performed a variation of the original called 5-Step Guide to Being German 2.0. Both shows have received critical acclaim, sold out at comedy festivals around the world, and have been named one of the top shows in several festivals. 5-Step Guide to Being German was nominated for a Perth Fringe World Best Comedy Award in 2013. 5-Step Guide to Being German 2.0 won the Pick of the Fringe award in the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Both versions of the show are still touring.
Erhard has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC One, SBS, and ABC. He has written about Germany and Europe for the Irish Times. He has worked with cultural organisations such as the Goethe-Institut and the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad.
Erhard's more recent comedy is driven by social commentary on international current affairs. He draws on his experiences as a world traveler. His shows Paco Erhard: Djerman Unchained (2013), Paco Erhard: Worst. German. Ever. (2014), and A (very brief) History of German Humour (2016) are "irreverent, provocative social satire" on topics such as nationalism, racism, homophobia, religion, and terrorism.
After being seen by German comedian and TV host Ingolf Lück at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012, Erhard started performing in German in addition to English. He has two German-language shows: Paco Erhard: Hard an der Grenze and Paco Erhard: Hallodri für Europa. Erhard has appeared on German television shows StandUpMigranten, NDR Comedy Contest, and Vereinsheim Schwabing. In January 2015, he won the Stuttgart Comedy Clash.
Influences and themes
Erhard uses stories from his experiences as a world traveler to promote international understanding and communication across cultures. His stand-up routines reference time spent living in America, Italy, Spain, Germany, and the UK, as well as shorter adventures around the world.
Erhard uses recurring themes of German identity and the psychological differences between Germans and other citizens. His comedy traces the historical development of these differences, making light of historical figures such as Tacitus, Frederick the Great, and 19th century German nationalists.
Erhard is well-traveled and has lived internationally for many years. Inspired by the writings of Jack Kerouac, he hitchhiked out of Germany in 2000, traveling the world and living in Italy, Spain, and the UK. While in Spain, he acquired the nickname "Paco" from a neighbor, which inspired his stage name. Inspired by his work as a comedy MC for British tourists in Tenerife, Erhard moved to London in 2009 to pursue stand-up comedy full-time.
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