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How to Become Parisian in One Hour ?


Théâtre Des Nouveautés


Our teachers organized a night out and we went to see “How to Become Parisian in One Hour?” at the theatre “Des Nouveautés” on Monday 17th November 2014, at 8.00 pm, with the Seconde and Première European Section, and with our English teachers: Mrs Blin, Bogos and Le Traon. The show was called “How to become a Parisian in one hour?” by Olivier Giraud. It is a one man show by a French man.

First, we took the RER from St Germain en Laye, and then we took the tube to Grands Boulevards.

Duck face Olivier Giraud
When we arrived at the theatre, a lady sat us on the balcony.

Before Olivier Giraud came to that theatre, he was rejected from a lot of theatres in Paris because the producers thought that he was crazy to have this idea: a show in English making fun of Parisian people’s arrogance!!!

Many tourists from all around the world enjoy that show and also Parisians who have a sense of humor.

The lights went out to the tune of “La Marseillaise”. Then the comedian arrived on stage dressed as the stereotype of the French guy; a beret on his head and a baguette in one hand.

He joked around about the French culture and the habits. The show comprises a series of lessons on handling Parisian waiters and shop assistants, getting into nightclubs, succeeding with the opposite sex, hailing taxis and taking the metro. We meet every “cliché” of the Parisian. He was making also fun of how the French people are so cold with people they don’t know, compared to Americans. For example, in H&M, the American shop assistants greet their customers with “Helloooo, how are youuuuuuuu?” while the French ones make the sound “pffffffff” with their mouth when customers are just looking.

He is cynical but he is comical. His face is very expressive and that is the most amusing in his show.

It is a very entertaining show and we advise you to go and see it. The show lasts 1 hour and 10 minutes, it is pleasant, we laugh a lot and it is interactive: the audience takes part and some spectators go up on stage.

Olivier plans to take his French arrogance on tour to the United States, Britain and Belgium. His show has been going on for three years.
He is very nice and you can even take a photo with him at the end if you make a “duck face”.

Go & see it! It wasn’t funny…. It was hilarious!


Léa, Alice, Maëlys & Tatiana (1GA1 Section Euro)

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