6TH – 16TH SEPTEMBER 2018 at VANCOUVER FRINGE
STAND-UP COMEDY – www.vancouverfringe.com
Sold out at Vancouver Fringe 2017 and at festivals worldwide since 2011, 5-Step Guide to Being German is award-winning German comedian Paco Erhard’s hilarious mission to set the record straight about his “charming, crazy mishap of a country”. Now the hit show returns to Vancouver in its 2.0 version: enhanced and updated to the crazy world we live in now.
Initially written as a response to Brits’ stereotypes about Germany, 5-Step Guide to Being German is“ an extremely clever analysis of the modern German psyche” (Independent Daily, AUS) that is “side- splittingly funny and violently politically incorrect” (The Argus, UK). It was nominated for the Fringe World Best Comedy Award in 2013.
Paco Erhard shows us the Germany behind the scenes, as he self- ironially deals with topics as varied as German bluntness (“we’re not rude, we just value honesty more highly than other people’s feelings”), hilarious Autobahn dilemmas, the truth about lederhosen, and how it feels to grow up with Germany’s horrible past.
Born in Munich as the great-grandson of a high-upGerman politician (a non-Nazi, relax!), Paco hitchhiked out of Germany in 2002 to experience the world and other cultures. “Half my life I ran away from being German” he says. “Then I realized: that’s the most German thing you could possibly do.”
Since then, he has toured the globe as a stand-up comic, in English and German. He has written on Germany and Europe for the IrishTimes, authored an award-winning paper on cultural identity, and appeared on BBC and other international TV & radio stations as a comic and expert.
If you want to understand Germany or your German friends and family better, or if you just need 75 minutes of good non-stop belly laughter, see this show.
You will laugh. If you want. Zis is not an order.
“Hilarious… one of the best cultural comedians in the world”
– Rip It Up (AUS)
“A true master of his craft. It’s diﬃcult to overstate how hilarious Erhard’s act is”
– Edinburgh Guide(UK)
“Insightful and hysterical… A thought-provoking, incredibly witty show”
– Broadway Baby
“”had the audience not just laughing but howling…
there is a layer of truth just beneath the humour… genius” – The National Post
FRINGE WORLD BEST COMEDY AWARD 2013 – Nominee
VENUE: Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y5
SHOWS: Sept 6th (6:15pm), 8th (8:15pm), 12th (5:00pm), 13th (10:40pm), 14th (6:55pm), 16th (1:15pm)
WWW: vancouverfringe.com| pacoerhard.com| youtube.com/pacoerhard-TV| TwiHer:@pacoerhard
Media Kit: bit.ly/German-Comedy-Vancouver-2018
Contact: +1 (720) 725-6670 or