How to Become a Parisian in 1 Hour? The Hit Comedy Show 100% in English in Paris

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  • 1 hour 10 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


While the city of Paris is celebrated for its charm, romance, and elegance, Parisians are known for . . . other qualities. During this show by French comedian Olivier Giraud, watch the stereotypes of Parisians—as being rude, short-tempered or arrogant—come alive in this side-splitting performance. Giraud's spot-on impressions keeps you laughing as you learn how to recognize Parisian facial expressions and use iconic French phrases correctly. Audience participation encouraged!
  • Learn how to become a Parisian during this hilarious comedy show in English
  • French comedian Olivier Giraud reveals legendary Parisian stereotypes through laugh-out-loud impersonations
  • Enjoy spot-on impressions of attitudes, expressions, and gestures of typical Parisians, some you’ve probably witnessed before
  • See why this hit comedy has been raved about by several publications, including the New York Times
  • Choose your seating section in the 600-seat theater, located in the heart of Paris

What's Included

  • Show ticket
  • Picture with the Comedian (not available during Covid 19 sanitary measures)
  • Discovery of a century-old parisian theatre
  • Bar in the lobby (not available during Covid 19 sanitary measures)
  • Cloakroom (For security reasons, some items can not be accepted inside the room)
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attraction

Meeting And Pickup

Ticket Redemption Point

Théâtre des Nouveautés , 24 Bd Poissonnière, 75009 Paris, France

What To Expect

You are not alone if you believe that Parisians are short-tempered, impatient or arrogant. Celebrated French comedian Olivier Giraud agrees and has created this hilarious one-man show, performed in English, revealing the legendary stereotypes of Parisians.

Your evening comedy show takes place at the Théâtre des Nouveautés, near Paris’ Grands Boulevards metro station. Take your seat in the section of your choice (see Additional Info for a seating chart). Please note: This show is not recommended for children under 16.

Giraud nails the stereotypes of Parisians through impersonations and impressions of waiters, shop assistants, bartenders, and even your average old lady hobbling down the street.

Plus, Oliver Giraud teaches you how to become Parisian in every way, including when to use those famous pursed lips and expressive eyebrows. Learn how to recognize Parisian facial expressions, how to dress and interact with others and how to use iconic French phrases correctly. You might just get called up on stage to try out your skills.

Your eyes water from laughing so hard during this comical insider’s look at the local attitudes and gestures of typical Parisians that foreigners, expats and even Parisians themselves confess are spot-on.

How to become Parisian in one hour?

* Experience a smash hit show with locals * Follow Olivier Giraud's funny advice for a perfect stay in Paris * 100% in English but accessible to everyone * Hailed by the New York Times “Learning to be French Through Comedy!” * Discover a century old theater in the center of Paris * Choose your seating between 3 categories

Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • E voucher accepted
  • You'll have the best seats available (within your chosen category) at the time your reservation is placed.
  • This show is not suitable for children under 16 years old.
  • Dress code is casual.
  • Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of Management according to accessibility criteria, regardless of the category chosen.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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194 reviews
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Worth seeing!
Durae_J, Feb 2023
Being from the US I found this incredibly funny and relatable. I love how he engages with the audience and includes them in the show. If you’re a “thin-skinned” human, this isn’t your thing….This is fun, adult, humor.
Disappointing - could do with updating
Gwyn_W, Feb 2023
While accepting that this was a show predicated on stereo-types, it was very tired and cliched. The presenter has been doing it for years and has perhaps honed his gags for an American audience. There were some funny moments, but much of the material was dated and predicatable.
Great way to spend an hour
Mohammed_B, Feb 2023
Very funny, accurate portrayal of real life in Paris delivered in a funny, engaging way with loads of energy and dance. Great way to spend an hour.
Non-stop laughter
Don_C, Feb 2023
We laughed constantly throughout the show. Olivier has perfected his act and masterfully engages the audience during his show. We purchased two of his books and had them autographed after the show.
My husband and I went our...
Monica_F, Jan 2023
My husband and I went our last night in Paris and it was hilarious. He has so much charisma and it was very theatrical and so funny at the same time. Definitely a must see
Really enjoyable show at a reasonable price.
Ann_C, Jan 2023
A great show where the host interacted with the audience. I would recommend to anyone visiting Paris.
Fun evening
Melissa_D, Jan 2023
Fun evening learning how to be a Parisian. Great energy, and great humor. My husband and our adult children attended and we all enjoyed the experience
Pretty mid
Sheela_R, Dec 2022
Kinda funny. Overpriced. Not a bad way to spend an hour, but not really worth the money. Wouldn’t recommend it.
Mother/Son review
Jeylon_B, Dec 2022
I liked the show , went with my mother for her first time visiting Paris . She really enjoyed it , we really liked how he included the crowd in the show .
Lots of Laughs
Linda_R, Dec 2022
Everything was great! A nice evening of lots of laughs! Great show! He kept me laughing and entertained throughout the show! The people at the venue were also very kind, helpful and professional. Excellent evening all around!
Funny satirical comedian in a beautiful old theater!
Djena_L, Dec 2022
Funny show contrasting stereotypical Parisians with Americans. Definitely satirical. If you enjoy satire, you will love it. Beautiful theater, physical comedian!
Oh wow, was this show FUN!
Cyntha_T, Dec 2022
Oh wow, was this show FUN! I got called out in the show a few times and even got called to get on stage with Oliver! Wow-weee --LOL! It was such a funny show, he is truly a talented guy and knows how to bring a laugh or even a smile to all the Paris encounters and situations! I am so happy I went, it was very fun!
Hiba_O, Dec 2022
This was a fun experience. Would definitely recommend to friends. The only issue is that we came about 50 minutes in advance to collect our tickets, since it's mentioned on the website that we can collect them up to an hour earlier, and they told us at the door that we need to come back 30 minutes before the show. it was inconvenient since we had to wait in the cold weather for 20 minutes or so.
Top notch!
Silvestre_B, Dec 2022
Fun and funny! A different pace from the typical touristy side of Paris, but a not want to miss show!
Very refreshing,...
Katrin_B, Dec 2022
Very refreshing, especially when also familiar with Americans. The comedian has a very defining Mimik and Gesture and puts on a great show. Never boring.
Not a fan
Sarah_A, Nov 2022
Unfortunately, my husband and I didn’t think it was a very entertaining performance. It’s a one-man performance and while the man seemed very nice, the material was just kind of lacking.
It was really funny for...
It was really funny for all of us... We didn't realize how fast time went by. We definitely recommended it!!!
cheryl_b, Oct 2022
Too bawdy for my taste; basically insulting to Parisians and others. I know it was “tongue in cheek” but just in poor taste, of course I am too old for this type of humor.
Funny and in English.
Randy_C, Oct 2022
Very funny comedian. Good with English speaking audiences. Not suitable for children (like most comedians).
Great laughs!
Susanne_D, Oct 2022
The comedian was quite entertaining, and very funny. His take on Parisians and others from around the world was spot on. Lol! It was a great way to spend an evening.