Karl Zéro Wiki, Height, Age, Girlfriend, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Karl Zéro

Karl Zéro is the pseudonym of Marc Tellenne who is a French writer, actor, and filmmaker. Zéro is also a political talk show host/personality of Le Vrai Journal who recorded albums of pop standards from the 1940s and 1950s.


Born on August 6, 1961, in Aix-les-Bains, Savoie, Karl Zéro along with Éric, Bruno and Marc founded the satirical comedy troupe Groupe d’Intervention culturelle Jalons at the end of the 70s. [1]Jalons Anne-Laure, his wife, and Bruno’s wife, Virginie (Frigide Barjot) thereafter became a part of the Jalon.

Zéro’s first journal was a comic strip named, The Adventures of Edmond in Jalons magazine in the early 1980s. After this, he began working for publications like Métal Hurlant, Charlie Hebdo, Zoulou, and L’Écho des savanes, as an artist firstly and then as a storyteller. He then became a part of The Globe and Mail, in which his conversational skills were appreciated. For a few months, he hosted a humorous program on RFM with Antoine de Caunes and Albert Algoud named, Babebibou.

Physical appearance

  • Eye Color: Black
  • Hair Color: Black

Karl Zéro

Family and ethnicity

Parents, Brothers and Sisters

Karl Zéro is the youngest son of Gui Tellenne, a civil servant and poet, and Annick Tellenne, an author and talk-show host.

The mother of Karl Zero, Annick Tellenne

Karl Zero’s mother, Annick Tellenne

He has three brothers: Éric, a writer, who writes under the name of Raoul Rabut, Bruno (alias Basile de Koch), and Olivier, a business manager.

Eric Tellenne, Karl Zero's brother

Eric Tellenne, Karl Zero’s brother

Wife and Children

In 1975, Zéro met his future wife and mother of their three children, Anne-Laure Chaptel (current stage name: Daisy d’Errata) in the high school that they both attended together.

Karl Zero with his daughter and wife

Karl Zero with his daughter and wife


As a writer

Zero’s first publication was a comic strip titled Les Aventures d’Edmond in Jalons magazine in the early 1980s.

He then began working for the publications Métal Hurlant, [2]Tele Report Charlie Hebdo, [3]Pure People Zoulou and L’Écho des savanes, first as an artist and then as a storyteller.

As a journalist

In 1981, he began working for the trend magazine ‘Actuel’ as a journalist specializing in celebrity interviews. He also joined the newly formed team of Radio Nova, alongside his future wife, Daisy d’Errata. He then joined Globe and Lui, where his interviewing skills were noticed.

As a director

Alain de Greef of Canal+ (French television channel) then offered him the production of Nulle part ailleurs (Nowhere Else) (1987-2001) with his previous collaborator Antoine de Caunes. Karl used video gags to bring political figures into his illustrations, which was often inspired by the current events.

Karl Zero in Nulle Part Ailleurs

Karl Zero in Nulle Part Ailleurs

In 1993, he proposed to add a television report parody named “Zerorama”, in which he used a mode of presentation and a tone inspired by newsreels of the Vichy regime under Philippe Pétain to satirize Édouard Balladur’s government and the media that support him. [4]Le Monde

Also in 1993, he directed an offbeat film entitled Le Tronc, in which he co-stared with actors, Albert Algoud, José Garcia, and Lova Moor. [5]Uni France

The poster of Le Tronc

The poster of Le Tronc

He also produced 60 Jours 60 Nuits, which told the story of the crossed lives of Joeystarr and Francis Lalanne. [6]Le Parisien

As an animator

In 2004, Zéro also hosted ‘C’est quoi ce jeu?’ on Canal+. [7]Le Figaro

From September 1996 to June 2006, he was the host of Le Vrai Journal on Canal +, a television news program with the intention of “saying out loud” what other French television news programs were “hiding”.

Karl Zero in Le Vrai Journal

Karl Zero in Le Vrai Journal

In 2006-07, he hosted on AOL Le Club du Net, a weekly review of interviews concerning the French presidential election campaign produced by Power Podcast, and in mid-March 2007, JT2Zero, a daily online newscast demand on the campaign produced by Havas Media.

Poster of Le club du AOL

Poster of Le club du AOL

Since September 2007, Karl Zéro has been hosting a program on 13th Street entitled “Les Faits Karl Zéro”, a program on unsolved crimes produced by Trois Œil, and which began in the spring of 2010 as 90-minute spin-offs in prime time.

Poster of Les faits Karl Zero

Poster of Les faits Karl Zero

Since September 2008, Karl Zéro has been broadcasted daily in prime time on BFM TV. He started with an interview show called Karl Zéro on BFM TV and inspired by CNN’s Larry King Live. It followed the 2008 release of Starko! season 1 (based on Nicolas Sarkozy’s first year as President of France). It went on to become Sarko Info, a television news parody in which he conducts an interview following a news commentary by Michel Guidoni playing the role of Sarkozy on September 7, 2009. [8]L’avenir


  • Grand Prix Chéries-Chéris [Nomination] (2013) for Me, Luka Magnotta (2013)
  • Best Documentary Film for Dans la peau de Jacques Chirac (2006) [9]Mubi


  • In 1986, Karl Zéro was hired by Europe 1 to host their program Géant Gratuit with Doug Headline (son of Jean-Patrick Manchette). He was fired after four months. Zéro then returns to TF1 while Doug devoted himself to the cinema. On TF1, the program Pirates de Zéro with Jean-Yves Lafesse lasted only one episode in September 1987. Again, his sense of humor was deemed “inappropriate” and he was let go.
  • Using the interpretation of the network without quoting them, he announced on June 3, 2003, that Patrice Alègre (through a letter he received from him) and two former prostitutes had accused certain personalities in Toulouse of being involved in a sadomasochistic gang which had committed sexual assaults, torture, and murder. It was later determined that one of the defendants was innocent. Additionally, it was revealed that Zero gave one of the prostitutes an advance of €15,000. In June 2006, he was terminated from his contract with Le Vrai Journal [10]Liberation due to a possible breach of journalistic ethics, mentions of Zéro and Canal + in the publicity of the accusations, and resulting political pressure. Three years after the investigation began, in March of 2007, Judge Nathalie Turquey barred Karl Zéro from appearing in court, subject to future appeals. [11]La Libre


  • Karl Zéro is not a journalist and does not have a press card. On the show, Le Vrai Journal, he mixed classic reports, usually filmed by the CAPA agency, with sketches using video gags, in which his wife Daisy d’Errata frequently played a role.
  • When he spoke to politicians, he tried to get them to accept the informal mode of speech. Over 10 seasons of Le Vrai Journal, its audience has remained stable at 10% market share, or 1.5 million viewers per week. He became the reference for politicians who wanted to reach young people.
  • Also from September 2001 to June 2002, at the suggestion of Eric Guillaumond, he co-produced Le Journal des Bonnes Nouvelles [12]Le Parisien with Michel Malaussena, also on Canal +. In March 2003, it was renamed Le contre-journal. [13]La Dépêche
  • Karl Zero’s blog, video, and forum site, Web 2 Zero, has hosted numerous videos of his fans, the “zeronauts,” and interviews including with 9/11 truth advocates, a post that interested him.
  • He has a lookalike puppet in the French program Les Guignols de l’info (1988). [14]20 Minutes
  • Karl Zero has written a many books including, Balance Tout (2019), ‘La médium et l’enquêteur face aux grandes affaires criminelles’ (2021) with Geneviève Delpech, Etouffées (4 May 2016),  Coupable ? Non coupable ? (4 May 2016), Disparues (2014) to name a few.
    The cover of Balance Tout

    The cover of Balance Tout

    The cover of Disparues

    The cover of Disparues

Add Comment