Pierre Dac is a French comedian and humorist. He has also been during the 2nd WW a resistance figure against the French occupacy by the germans thanks to his intervention on Radio London.
He tells you his story…
My name is Pierre Dac. I was born on August 15 1893 in Châlons-sur-Marne, my real name is André Isaac, my father was a butcher and my mother was a stay at home mom . I am a good student and I like to trick people and I’m good at it.
Unfortunatly, in 1914, reality comes back and at aged 21 I am called to serve. 4 years later, I came back, injured twice, a shrapnel that reduces my arm and another one on my thigh. I then live out of small jobs and I become « chansonnier » in cabaret in Paris, where I mock everyday life situation.
On may 13th 1938, I create the satirical journal « L’os à moelle » presented as « the offical organ of the wackies ». Until may 31st 1940, the entry of the germans in Paris, I will realise 4 big pages out, every Friday, at 400 000 copies, an absolut record in the history of the « pre war » press.
I become also a regular on air, my sketchs are broadcasted on « Radio cité » and « Le Poste Parisien ». I then join without any trouble, De Gaulle and the BBC in 1943. I am one of the « French that speaks to the French ». The goofy humour of my controversy is aim to fight the Vichy government, the collaborationism and the Nazi regime. Every night, during 9 months my editorials and my songs ring.
After the Liberation, I come back to Paris and go back to work at the cabaret and in the theaters. In 1949, meeting with Francis Blanche gives me a second youth. Together, we create « Furax », a funny radio show, we tape over a 1000 episodes between 1956 and 1960. We also perform many other radio shows, more than 1200 aired on Paris Inter and Europe 1* (* radio names) will passionate and entertain French poeple for 5 years.
Despite the fame, I attempt suicide 4 times between 1958 and 1960. By miracle, I escaped death. I remain a modest man, and 15 years later, a lung cancer takes me in a total discretion.”
Where to find him today :
- Birth Home, 70 rue de Marne.
70 rue de la Marne