Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 interview: comedian Paco Erhard on being the Worst. German. Ever.
'A lady called me “the worst German ever”. Which was funny as, historically, I do have competition'
This article is from 2014.
Paco Erhard’s return to the Fringe balances irreverent, provocative social satire with more personal insight, such as his formative decision to hitchhike out of Germany: ‘the most pivotal hours of my life; intense fear, hope, doubts and dreams’. Ultimately leading to this globetrotting comedian’s lifestyle, he began his stand-up career performing in English for tourists in Tenerife. Indeed, Erhard only tried stand-up in Germany for the first time a year ago, surprising himself with ‘how difficult I found comedy in my own language!’
Complementing his more Teutonic traits – ‘a crippling but sometimes helpful perfectionism and deep sentimentality’ – Britain has made his sense of humour ‘anarchic, more fearless, unrestrained, irreverent. And almost excessively polite in real life’.
His show title derives from a Berlin gig which, ‘as they politely say in English, “I ripped the shit out of”. People at two tables got up and walked out. One lady shouted something to the effect that I was “the worst German ever”. Which I thought was funny. Because, let’s just say, historically I do have competition.’
Paco Erhard: Worst. German. Ever, Cowgatehead, 226 0000, 2–25 Aug (not 4, 11, 18), 8.45pm, free. Preview 1 Aug, free.