5-Step Guide to Being German
Company: Paco Erhard
Venue: 25 — West End Cultural Centre ACU Hall
Paco Erhard's stand-up comedy show is, in fact, not a five-step guide to being German. But if this concerns you deeply, he says, you may already be too German.
What this really is is a stand-up routine riffing on cultural differences, focusing on Erhard's native Germany ("first runner-up in two world wars," he notes). But he takes lots of detours to make fun of Americans, the British, Canadians, even Winnipeggers (and yes, there are the obligatory Slurpee jokes).
It's not entirely fresh territory, but Erhard is a stand-up pro. He's fast, his material is solid, and he connects easily with his audience. He certainly takes down the stereotype of the "humourless German."
But if you want to see why, advance tickets might be a good idea — he sold out the first few shows in his 70-seat venue.