Michel Gérard Joseph Colucci (28 October 1944 – 19 June 1986), better known as Coluche (French pronunciation: [kɔˈlyʃ]), was a French comedian and actor who was famous for his irreverent sense of humour.
Colucci adopted "Coluche" as a stage name at age 26, when he began his entertainment career. He became known for his irreverent attitude towards politics and the establishment, and he incorporated this into much of his material. He was one of the first major comedians to regularly use profanities as a source of humor on French television.
In a 30 October 1980 press conference at the theatre of his one-man show, Coluche announced his candidacy for the French presidential election. He was not taken seriously until the Sunday newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche published a poll on 14 December 1980 showing Coluche supported by 16% of potential voters.
His "campaign" was supported and organized by Parisian publisher Charlie Hebdo, with slogans such as "Before me, France was divided in two; now it will be folded into fourths", and "Coluche - the only candidate who has no reason to lie". However, he withdrew after pressure from serious politicians.