My-Reason-For-Living-In-France and I heard about an “absolutely hilarious” one-man show in Paris. The difference between this stand-up routine and any other one might find in the city, is the fact that the entire performance is in English, delivered by a Frenchman who lived several years in the United States.
Olivier Giraud’s show, How to Become A Parisian In One Hour(?), is truly non-stop funny, mainly because of his astute observations about the U.S. and Paris, because after all, as he points out, there is France, then up at the top, not quite midway in the center of the country is Paris — “and all the rest is the provinces.”
At the beginning of his show he asked the audience to shout out their nationalities, the responses were like being in the midst of a mini United Nations: England, Russia, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela, Switzerland, Germany, United States, France – and Paris — Paris being, of course, a sort of free state where everyone speaks French, but other than that they have nothing in common with the rest of their country. . .
A couple from Atlanta was sitting behind us and at the end of the performance I asked them how they discovered the show and if they enjoyed the evening.
“It was fantastic,” they said, “we heard about it from our son who has a French girlfriend, who took him to it. He recommended we see it while we’re here. We’re very glad we did.”
A beautiful, and beautifully dressed, young woman from Detroit — i.e. good reflection on North Americans — was invited onto the stage for a hands-on lesson in how French women walk into a nightclub and then how they dance. She was a really good sport and the audience loved her.
Next month Olivier (I suspect soon we will have a first-name relationship) and I have scheduled an interview.
I’m always curious about how people discover and “translate” their multi-cultural experiences. He decided to do it through humor and his interpretation was spot on.
Tonight we’re off to Paris to have dinner with old friends who have just finished decorating their new apartment. More on that subject as well.
A demain mes très, très chers amis.