How to Become Parisian in One Hour

February 7, 2010By Claudia BarbieriArchive

Learning French
The Funny Way

Paris Update How to become Parisian in one hour 335“How to Become Parisian in One Hour” is currently one of the most popular stand-up comedy shows in Paris. Written and performed by Olivier Giraud, it offers a one-hour survival guide to intercourse (in every sense of the word) with the denizens of the French capital. Laugh? I could have cri(ng)ed .

With a certain amount of audience participation and in an English that even the French can’t fail to understand, Giraud takes his spectators through the hoops – how not to stand in line, how to be ignored in a shop, how to behave in a night club, how not to give up your seat to a pregnant woman on the Métro (“You play? You pay!”), how to be insulted by – and insult – taxi drivers and waiters.

A reformed waiter himself, Giraud knows his beast, inside and out. This is a one-hour master class in Parisian facial expressions, noises, language and body language.

It is staged in the Theatre des Nouveautés on the Grands Boulevards at the foot of Montmartre – a paradigm of a naughty-nineties Parisian theater, with cramped plush crimson velvet seats and a painted frieze of Grecian dancing girls decorating the balcony. Get cheap tickets from Claudia Barbieri


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