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How to become Parisian in one hour?

15 Aug

Paris's best stand-up act

« Venez découvrir le seul one man show en anglais à Paris

100 % humour français
100% en anglais
100 % facile à comprendre pour les français !!!

Vous aimez Paris mais vous pensez que les parisiens sont impolis ! Vous avez raison, ils le sont !
Vous êtes trop gentil et vous voulez devenir arrogant !
N’attendez plus et assistez à la formation “Comment devenir Parisien en une heure?”
Après le spectacle, vous agirez en vrai parisien dans un magasin, un restaurant, un taxi, le métro, une boîte de nuit et au lit !
Vous allez apprendre le langage typiquement parisien, les expressions faciales !!!

Votre famille et vos amis ne vous reconnaitrons pas!!!
Olivier Giraud, votre professeur, ne peut attendre pour vous rencontrer !!!! »

Think Parisians don’t have a sense of humour? Olivier Giraud has based his stand-up comedy show on this very cultural stereotype.

“How to become Parisian in one hour” is one of the best selling shows in Paris at the moment. 70,000 people from all over the world have now seen the act. With the prospect of the show going international next year, I thought it was time to find out what I was missing out on.

The ridiculously grumpy attitude common to all Parisians is the common thread behind this one-man show. From facial expressions to rude expressions, no ground or situation is left uncovered in the hour-long act. By the end, Olivier told us, we would have all the key tools to become a true Parisian.

Olivier Giraud playing up to cultural stereotypes

Although only 50 percent of the audience was French, the humour wasn’t lost on the number of tourists who also recognised the stereotypes as true. We laughed at ourselves, they laughed at us.

But the strength of the show was no doubt the comparisons between French and American attitudes. Having spent five years in America, Olivier was brilliant at contrasting the over the top friendliness and vacuity of American tourists with the bitter, miserable attitude of the Parisian.

So many of the role play situations rang true – from how we act in the metro, restaurants, nightclubs, shops. Add to this the interactive nature of the show, with Olivier pulling poor American tourists up on stage to demonstrate what they had learnt, that my companions and I left the theater practically crying with laughter.

“How to become Parisian in one hour” continues until December 28 in the Theatre de La Main d’Or. Watch the trailer online.


La guerre des post-it

15 Aug

A strange craze is sweeping Paris offices. Rivalry amongst companies is no longer measured by which is the most successful, but rather by whose employees can make the best picture… out of post-it notes.

post its paris office

Post-it creations are inspired by video game characters

It may sound like the kind of fad made popular in the playground, but French businessmen are getting stuck in and making colourful collages on their office windows. The aim of the game: to create better designs than the office opposite.

‘La guerre des post-it’ as it is known began in January between Ubisoft games company and BNP Paribas in Montreuil.

Word of mouth and summertime (read: lazy Parisians who think it’s their divine right not to work in August) have meant that in the last three weeks the craze has spread all over Paris.

But isn’t it a waste of time? Employers are arguing that the sense of teamwork and positive competition it fosters can only benefit the company in question. Personally, I can’t see the appeal of wasting hours making a man out of multicoloured post-it notes but I’m glad someone does, and am enjoying the mood lightning effect it’s had on the newsroom.

Fierce competition amongst Parisian office blocks

The phenomenon was reported by most major media companies. It seems incredible that while Britain is at war on the streets, the French are battling each other with post-it notes…

Watch this report by Le Figaro to find out more.