I’d been hearing about the show, How To Be A Parisian In One Hour, for quite a while and finally got a chance to see it the other night with a friend. Created and performed by a Parisian, Olivier Giraud, who lived in the States for a while, you get a look at the difference between Americans and Parisians. In a nutshell, Americans are friendly and smile a lot, while Parisians are arrogant and sneer a lot.
He showed the difference between Americans and Parisians while ordering at a cafe, hailing a taxi and talking to a taxi driver, flirting and then even went into sex differences. It’s definitely not for families or for people who are offended by bad language or sexual references although I’ve seen much worse in movies rated R. One older couple left after a short while probably shocked by what they heard. The audience, composed of people from all over the world along with French, seem to enjoy his performance but I left a little disappointed thinking it was a bit raunchy. Maybe it’s because I’ve lived here for so long but but I could have given him a lot more material-as an outsider I think I notice more-as he probably did when he returned from the States.
The show ends at the end of the year and then he is taking it on the road to both Europe and the States. I’m getting a little old and cranky and don’t enjoy movies with young male humor like The Hangover, but if you like this sort of thing, I think you will enjoy this show.