How to become Parisian in one hour?

How to become Parisian in one hour?

How to become Parisian in one hour?
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1 million spectators ! Comedy show 100% in English ! Hailed by THE NEW YORK TIMES as "Learning to be French through comedy!", Olivier Giraud will teach you how to act like a real Parisian in every situations encountered during your stay in Paris. Perfect night out surrounded by Parisians and a multicultural audience in a century old 600 seats theatre located in the lively heart of Paris ! Please note that due to few jokes about 'How to understand the sexuality in Paris", we do not recommended the show for kids under 16 years old.
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kyrea
Paris, France5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
It was a delight to bring family to watch 'How to Become a Parisian in One Hour'. It helped them answer many questions about Paris in the form of theatrical expression. A perfect way to do it. Well executed by Olivier Giraud!
Written May 1, 2022
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Charles E
Houston, TX7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Couples
I suppose the most baffling aspect after seeing this show was trying to comprehend the number of positive reviews by other individuals. There really are a limited number of bad reviews and we just couldn't understand how that could possibly be the case.

We just attended a few days ago, actually writing this from the hotel room, and really felt it necessary to set the record straight regarding the performance.

1. The performance is not geared to foreign travelers - It is better suited for locals who understand the local culture and phrases a bit better. There were a number of times when the punch lines were in French with no explanation in English. You felt as if you were just sitting there left hanging on numerous occasions.

2. The humor was childish and repetitive - The variety of jokes was very limited in scope with no thought or interpretation required. Many of the jokes were rudementary sex based jokes that could be told by a middle school student. Quite unfortunate that the show was founded with such shallow roots.

3. The price for what you get is ridiculous - The cost of the show is approximately 30 euros which isn't over the top for a good performance, even if it is only an hour. I suppose the bigger rub is that for the quality of the humor it felt like robbery, probably one of the worst shows I have attended.

My take is you should look to spend your evening elsewhere, this is surely not somewhere I would recommend spending my time or money.
Written November 27, 2011
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Luv Scotland
Fife, UK93 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011
We had read the rave reviews on trip advisor and thought it sounded a good way to spend 1 of our 5 nights in Paris, however I found it very uncomfortable and in fact it's not really the Parisians he is poking fun at...no they clearly revel in the fact they are considered arrogant and better looking (according to the performer)....it's us they are laughing at...the Americans, the Brits, the Germans, the list goes on.
We made sure we were at the theatre in plenty of time for his performance at 8.30 but it didn't start until 8.50pm, which was most annoying as the seats are uncomfortable and you are crammed in like sardines. The visual sights of Paris are far too spectacular to waste time sitting in this theatre watching someone revel in the rudness of the Parisians.
Written May 23, 2011
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UnworldlyTraveler
Toronto, Canada43 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Couples
How this show came to be ranked #1 on TripAdvisor is mystifying.

To his credit, Olivier is an energetic and enthusiastic performer, and putting on a one-man show in an hour is no easy task. However, his show's brand of humor was generally cheap, repetitive, and completely over-the-top. Olivier drew on the same stereotypes again and again, which would have been tolerable if they were funny to begin with. The show had so much potential - were the flamboyant, bubbly American and the snooty, uptight Parisian the only characters he could come up with?

If you're looking for mindless entertainment and dirty jokes cause you to convulse with laughter, this might be worth your time and money. Otherwise, take your 30 euros elsewhere.
Written November 27, 2011
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CarlosCook
London, UK18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
Humour (or even humor) is hard to do well, even more so when it has to span languages. To that end, this show is good, and no doubt most people who speak English as a second language really enjoyed the show (hence all the 5-star reviews).

However, if you are a native English speaker, this show doesn't come close to what you'd expect from a "top rate" comedian. Don't get me wrong, the guy is good, but I suspect the content is dumbed down a lot to hit the target audience.

We found the show disappointing... we thought it would be full of very smart and quick shots at the French culture, with a bunch of subtlety and sarcasm thrown in, but alas, it was very slow and deliberate all the way through (think US "The Office" seasons 1 and 2, instead of the UK version).

I thought we had just seen the show on a particularly bad night, but he pretty much received a standing ovation at the end, to my amusement.

He is touring the UK at the moment... it would be interesting to see if he changes his delivery style for this.

It's a little unfair that I've given a 2-star review, but he did really plug trip-advisor at the end of his show, which I think it a little tacky and misleading.
Written January 2, 2014
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QTPyePop
Alexandria, VA358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011
One word to describe this show: hilarious!! My friend and I visited Paris in December 2011, and we went to this show during our visit. There were people from many different countries and all walks of life, but everyone laughed nonstop! We had a great time!

FYI – The theater is located on a back alley about a block from the nearest metro station. There are a few signs around so you shouldn’t have a problem finding it. Also, there is a bar in the theater that sells wine, beer, and cocktails.
Written January 9, 2012
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aygiena
London, UK168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Disagree with the last rewiev! He did make fun of americans but it wasn't that rude.. Yes, Show did start later than planed but thats not a big problem, and I personaly liked the seatings - it was different and cozy and I didn't feel lack of space at all. Show was one of the best experiences in our 3 days trip to Paris!!! Highly recommended!!!!! One tip- I bought tickets online and I wish I didn't! I paid € 20 for myself and €30 for my other half, however I noticed that everybody else had tickets for €15!
Written May 24, 2011
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Seattle98101
Seattle, WA3,297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2011
This is an amusing show, which we enjoyed on a cold evening and found ourselves referring back to in subsequent days as we watched people around us. Lots of laughs as he pokes fun at everyone, particularly Parisians and Americans. Beware, he does pull a few people up onstage, so you may not want to sit in the front row!
Written March 20, 2011
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Marithery
Miami, FL221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2011
I read about this show on Trip Advisor and booked the tickets online before arriving in Paris. I was charged twice for my tickets and two completely different amounts...I contacted the billing office regarding this, and the matter was quickly resolved.

The Theatre de la Main d'Or, is situated off the main street and is a bit tricky to find. However, once there, it is a wonderful example of a Parisian Theatre that offers a lovely ambience, decor and bar. Combined, these factors make the entire experience all the more exciting.

Olivier Giraud, is the comedian...a French man with the crazy notion of an all English show in the heart of Paris. Despite the doubts of many theatre owners, Mr. Giraud has been extremely successful in delivering this comedic act and his reputation is well deserved.

In his show, he interacts with the audience and pokes great fun at Parisians, Americans, Africans and even the Japanese get their fair share of insult! In a series of "Lessons", Mr. Giraud shows us how to act like a Parisian in restaurants, bars, clubs, tourist attractions...even while hailing a taxi and riding the trains. He covers all the basics in an amazingly comical way.

What I found very interesting, is that the majority of the audience was French...and they seemed to be laughing and enjoy the show more than all the others!

I brought my young daughter with me and though the vast majority of the show is appropriate for all audiences...adult subjects do arise in one particular lesson. Olivier announces to the audience right before this "lesson" and offers the option of stepping outside the theatre for a few minutes. As I was walking out, his assistants offered to stay with my daughter while I enjoyed the show...so of course I enjoyed that very valuable lesson, sans enfant!! The assistant escorted my daughter, lovingly nicknamed "Le Croissant" by Olivier himself, back to our seats immediately after the lesson. A gesture that was not required, but certainly appreciated by our group.
Written April 11, 2011
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Pokieman2
New Hamburg, Canada423 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
This was so lame in so many ways. First, the theatre seating is unbelievably uncomfortable. My husband is 6' 2" and booked an aisle seat on purpose to get room. His knees were locked against the seat in front of him. Then to make matters worse, they sold a kind of jump seat in the aisle next to him, which flips down and allows another person to squeeze in. The seats are extremely narrow, as well.

Secondly the production value of this show is nonexistent. I have been to one person shows before but this one looked like high school students had staged it.

Finally, the show is just not very funny. He spends five minutes singing the French National Anthem, another five minutes getting people to call out where they come from and two sets of five minute segments where he calls someone up from the audience. That leaves about forty minutes for him to perform his own material. Did I mention - the show is only about one hour long? The show is written as a series of instructions about how to act more like a Parisian to command respect when you are visiting Paris. He gets to poke fun at his fellow Parisians, as well as the antics of tourists from various countries - mostly Americans. He knows his audience, I'll say that much. The problem is that it is not well written. There just aren't enough laughs and when they come, they are weak. He relies on a lot of comic facial expressions and it gets tired after a while.

This show is designed for tourists who are desperate for something to do in the evening. They slap their money down for tickets, take the metro or a cab to the theatre, hope that it will be funny and when it is not, they try to convince the selves that it is so they don't have to admit that they wasted their money and time.

It's a shame because the concept is so darn good and it has been wasted in the hands of a mediocre writer and performer. If someone could have just run with it and given it a little wit and bite. What you get instead is a silly little string of scenarios, much of it repetitive and almost all of it quite boring.

Do yourself a favour. Don't go. Find yourself a little jazz club or go down to the many bridges and watch the street performers or buy a nice bottle of wine and get off at the Trocadero metro stop and dance with the crowds enjoying the tunes, have a ride on the carousel and admire the Eiffel Tower, twinkling on the hour. There are so many fun things to do in Paris at night. This show is not one of them!
Written September 24, 2013
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