Pierre Desproges (May 9, 1939 - April 18, 1988) was a French humorist. He was born in Pantin, Seine-Saint-Denis. According to his own acknowledgment, he claimed no significant achievements before the age of 30. From 1967 to 1970, he worked as a life insurances salesman, opinion pool investigator, lonely hearts columnist, horse racing forecaster, and sales manager of an expanded polystyrene beam compagny. He worked six years for the journal l'Aurore, from 1970 to 1976.