François Rollin

France

Actor and humorist

François Rollin is a man of many talents; comedian, actor, scriptwriter, this former ESSEC graduate is a perennial chameleon. At the heart of his work, however, are a few constants, including a vibrant love of words and a poetic fantasy blossoming towards the absurd – two characteristics that earned him the Raymond-Devos Prize for the French language in 2009.

 

Initially a journalist for Le Monde and then a columnist for the magazines Vu de gauche and Fluide Glacial, he gained notoriety thanks to the television series Palace, which he co-directed (with, among others, the cartoonists Topor and Wolinski, the actors François Morel and Jean-Michel Ribes).

 

More recently, his elegant and whimsical collaborations with Édouard Baer’s morning show on Radio Nova, or the various interventions of his character of “Professor Rollin” have contributed to establishing the reputation of a tightrope walker whose chiselled and virtuosic humour, resistant to facilities and good sense, claims to be “humanist”.

 

Inventive, François Rollin signs here the texts of this “délirant carnaval des animals”.