Michel Colucci was an extremely popular comedian, in the French traditional
graphic, often Rabelaisian and even scatological style; he founded the
"Restaurants du Coeur" which distributes meals to the poor (60 million meals
last year with 40,000 volunteers). Colucci adopted "Coluche" as a stage name at
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.
His death in 1986 in a motorcycle accident provoked national grief.