Sébastien Thoen evokes his “journeys and misadventures” in “Chagrin d’humour”


The confessions of a PAF troublemaker. Sébastien Thoen has things to say and he does not intend to be silent. In his first (and last) book Chagrin d’humour published on November 2 by Éditions Harper Collins, the 45-year-old man talks about his career at Canal until his media eviction in 2020 after a parody of L’heure des pros ( CNEWS). And, to bounce on the radio waves of RTL.

Originally, nothing predestined Sébastien Thoen to tell himself in 237 pages in his autobiography. During the launch party for his book, on November 15 in Paris, the comedian sets the tone for his genesis. “I was drunk,” he jokes straight away to Planet. “In reality, I meet Mathieu, the press officer of the publishing house and he always accompanies Paul El Kharrat (champion of the 12 noon shots and resident of the Big Heads)”.

Over a drink, the quadra first confides (with humor) his desire to turn to literature. “We have a drink, he talks to me and I tell him about my travels and misadventures”. His goal ? “Write a book to go behind the scenes of the laughter industry”. With a simple joke, his idea seduces the publishing house and he recounts his memories on paper: meetings, hoaxes, clashes and anecdotes… Nothing is spared!

After his arrival at Canal in 1996, Sébastien Thoen decided to do the 400 blows with his accomplice Julien Cazarre and his band in Action Discrète. From 2006 to 2009, they made several hidden cameras on television. He evolves as a columnist like Le Grand Journal and uses his sarcasm to tickle the guests. Appreciated by fans, hated by his detractors: the comedian blasts without restraint.

In September 2014, Sébastien Thoen raised the temperature on the encrypted channel with Le Journal du Hard. In his book, the one who succeeded Philippe Vandel or Clara Morgane recounts his X years there. I can’t sleep since I managed to convince my family circle that it was in fact the Journal du hard… rock. No one is fooled, but since I’m not a porn actor, but only a presenter porn, everyone is happy”, writes in particular the author (Chagrin d’humour, Éditions Harper Collins, 18.90€).

After having surveyed Parisian nights and rubbed shoulders with the hard world for six years, the host and sports columnist of Canal Sports Club was fired by the channel after a parody of L’heure des pro(no)s on the Winamax channel. A dismissal arousing indignation within the Society of Journalists of Canal.

In 2021, Sébastien Thoen joined Laurent Ruquier’s band among RTL’s Big Heads. “It’s a great professional meeting, Laurent is a motivating guy, generous, nice, quite simply”, confides the comedian in Here Paris. Since last summer, he has been waking up listeners every Thursday in Yves Calvi’s morning show with his unfiltered column!