The show that makes people love Germany
... with award-winning comedy
"Paco Erhard had our audience crying with laughter.
Our guests were enthusiastic."
Olivia Hernandez, Association of German UNESCO World Heritage Sites
AWARD-WINNING GERMAN COMEDIAN
( Fun fact: that's not one of the
signs of the apocalypse. )
The cultural stand-up comedy show all about Germany.
Sold out worldwide since 2011.
COMEDY THAT CONNECTS CULTURES
by not taking its own
It's the show that transforms how people see Germany. And you.
If you're a German organization out to win hearts and minds, Paco Erhard's I Can Make You German will transform the way people see you and "the Germans".
Now Germany can present itself with the humor, honesty, and charm the world has been hoping for. And within the laughs, Paco provides captivating insight into just why we Germans are the way we are.
I Can Make You German (formerly known as 5-Step Guide to Being German) presents a Germany that is fun, hilarious, exciting, and interesting. Belly laughs meet lightbulb moments for an hour straight.
"Paco Erhard certainly takes down the stereotype of the 'humorless German'.
A stand-up pro!"
Engineered for cultural organizations:
Sells out, inspires, attracts new members
I Can Make You German helps sell out your event, gets your whole city excited, brings your community together, makes even your goth nephew laugh (he'll hate it), and has people's eyes shine remembering Paco Erhard's jokes at your event for years to come. Plus the show leaves people knowing the real, modern Germany behind the scenes –Deutschland like they've never seen it before.
The result: delighted guests, rave reviews, a city that loves you, and a real bond of affection between cultures. Which isn't always the effect we Germans have when we go places.
"Valuable insights into the German psyche and absolutely hilarious!
WE were so Happy!"
Director, Goethe Institut Australia
Belly laughs that create togetherness.
And Deutschland facts that wow even Germans.
Experience hysterical dilemmas on the Autobahn, learn the truth about lederhosen, and find out how "Germans have no sense of humor" is both true and not true at all. Laugh at the ancient trauma that makes Germans love rules and planning quite so much. (Yeah, laugh at our pain, why dontcha?) You may be surprised that bier steins don't exist and you'll be happy to find out that we Germans aren't actually blunt or rude — we just value honesty more highly than other people's feelings.
Understand Germany better. Understand your Oma Hilda better. Understand yourself better. And laugh your socks off in the process.
Nothing connects people like laughing together. Pair this with real insights about each other and why we are the way we are, and you have an evening that inspires forever.
"He keeps the room in stitches,
whether you're German or not.
HOW THIS SHOW HELPS YOU
"Paco Erhard made our event great, fun, and special. We even collected a Best of Thank-You emails."
Tina Vissem, Head of Public Relations
German-Australian Chamber of Commerce
Helps German organizations abroad
win hearts and minds
"Thank you for an awesome show! Paco's show made me a heroine at the DANK Haus and brought in lots of new faces. We really lucked out with Paco!
Barbara Ely, DANK HAUS (Deutsch-Amerikanischer Nationalkongress)
German-American Cultural Organization, Chicago
Helps German heritage clubs stand out and win younger members
"Paco Erhard established a great connection between our international guests. Just the right touch of humor and professionalism."
Klaus Lohmann, Director UK & Ireland,
German National Tourist Board
Helps European institutions
further Europe's emotional union
"Paco Erhard made our conference special. Our international guests still keep getting back to me praising the event and quoting his lines."
Udo Schultz, ex International Chairman & Honorary President, Mensa International
Helps international non-profits
spread cross-cultural understanding
We Were ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED –
We Got fantastic FEEDBACK
from our media in attendance.
Media Relations, BMW Group UK
WHAT YOU GET WITH THIS SHOW
A 60-75 minute stand-up comedy show about Germany that has been consistently sold out at the biggest comedy festivals worldwide since 2011.
Promotional material proven to get whole cities excited.
Actionable cultural insights that endear people to Germany and make them see Germans in a whole new light.
A globally renowned performer with exceptional skill adapting to different cultures and vast experience warming mixed international audiences up to each other.
Panel discussion or interview after the show (add-on): Go deeper into the topic of Germany, the German mindset, and how to adapt to other cultures. Inspire audiences to open up to other cultures, travel, and adopt a cross-cultural mindset.
Non-profits only: an arrangement that makes you money instead of paying a fixed show fee. Limited to 10 shows a year.
THE GUY BEHIND THE LAUGHS
The world's comedy expert on Germany...
Selling out theaters, festivals and conferences since 2011, Paco is the world's comedy expert on Germany and the German psyche.
For over 10 years, he has won awards, critical acclaim, and most importantly audiences' hearts with his smart, culturally savvy stand-up. Over the years, he has made tens of thousands of people from Vancouver to Sydney fall in love with his "charming, crazy mishap of a country".
Paco Erhard on BBC One
... and Germany's global comedian.
Paco Erhard is Germany's global comedian: a staple performer at the biggest comedy festivals around the world.
Born Frank Erhard Hübener in Munich, Paco grew up in eight different regions of Germany, experiencing his country's vast variety of regional cultures from an early age. He is the great-grandson of the first Minister-President of the German State of Saxony-Anhalt — post-war, thank goodness, appointed by the Americans.
In 2001, Paco hitchhiked out of his native Germany, travelled the world for 14 years, and started doing comedy in English, Spanish, and German. One day in Valencia/Spain, his neighbor Amparo was fed up with his stupid, unpronounceable name "Erhard" and decreed that his name was Paco now, effective immediately. And that was that.
After moving to London in 2009 to pursue comedy full-time, Paco quickly shot to success with his first ever solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe: this one. Known at comedy festivals as 5-Step Guide to Being German, Paco wrote it in reaction to the unhelpful stereotypes about Germany he encountered on his travels. His goal: to write a show about the real Germany, a show that both Germans and non-Germans find "so true" and utterly hilarious. The rest, as they say, is history.
Paco has since written and toured seven further solo shows, following his passion for biting social commentary and mischievous satire. But his love for bridging cultures also continues with his 5-Step Guide to Being German, now named I Can Make You German.
He has appeared on BBC, ABC, ARD, RTE, and many other TV & radio stations in Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, New Zealand, Ireland, and Germany. He has written an award-winning academic paper on cultural identity, and he has written about Europe and Germany for the Irish Times.
Paco's corporate comedy has helped clients such as BMW, UNESCO World Heritage, Mensa, Ford, the Goethe Institute, the Festival of German Film, or the German-Australian Chamber of Commerce, boosting their image abroad and helping international teams work together better.
Paco is based in Hollywood, California.
"one of the best cultural comedians
Rip It Up Magazine
In the world."
OF the GERMAN PSYCHE.
WE WERE ACHING WITH LAUGHTER.
General Manager, Lufthansa Australia