Photo courtesy of Lindsey Tramuta
Perhaps La Mom needs to start following Arielle's advice.
La Séduction : How The French Play The Game Of Life
Elaine Sciolino's publisher sent her book to me for my summer vacation reading. I couldn't put it down. Elaine, the longtime Paris bureau chief of the New York Times, gives an insider's view of how seduction works in all areas of life in France, analyzing its limits as well as it's power. She reveals that seduction is much more than a game to the French: it's the key to understanding la France.
Do you love Paris, but think Parisians are rude?
Putain, merde, fait chier...
You're right, they are!
Are you too nice and want to learn how to become arrogant, just like the French?
C'est pas vrai, c'est pas possible, c'est pas bon...
Want to learn how to act like a Parisian while shopping, in a restaurant, taxi, metro, night club, and even between the sheets -with vocabulary and facial expressions included? Oh là là!
Then run, don't walk, to the funniest one-man show in Paris: HOW TO BECOME PARISIAN IN ONE HOUR, where you, too, can learn how to become a rude Parisian!
Olivier Giraud is the witty Parisien behind this show full of 100% French humor, but 100% in English.
La Mom and Big Cheese attended Olivier's spectacle recently and didn't stop laughing from start to finish. Neither did the +200 seat theatre filled with a large number of English-speaking tourists and Parisian locals. The jokes and body language were spot-on. Olivier even shared his struggle to bring the show to life. In typical fashion, Parisians were down on his idea and nobody wanted to rent theatre space to him, "Who wants to hear a Frenchman making jokes about Parisians in English?" Well, apparently people do and Olivier is having the last laugh. His shows are packed every week, he's moving to a larger theatre, and he's taking his show on the road to the USA in 2012!
Let's get to know this Very Interesting Parisian un peu mieux:
How do you become Parisian? In 5 words or less: ARROGANT, IMPATIENT, RUDE
Favorite Parisian VIP (besides you, of course)? JEAN DUJARDIN
Favorite Parisian hangout? HAVING A DRINK ON A TERRASSE WITH FRIENDS
Favorite Parisian neighborhood? SAINT GERMAIN
Favorite Parisian park: LES BUTTES CHAUMONT
Favorite Parisian museum? LE LOUVRE
Favorite Parisian restaurant? RESTAURANT MARKET
French toast or pancakes? PANCAKES
French fries or potato squares? POTATO SQUARES
Favorite French meal: FOIE GRAS POELE
Perfect French aperitif: GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE (BRUT OR ROSE)
Ladurée or Pierre Hermé? LADUREE
Espresso, cafe au lait, or cafe américain? CAFÉ AMERICAIN
Macarons or cupcakes? MACARONS
Café Costes or the bistro du coin? BISTROT DU COIN
Favorite French writers/singer/actor? MARION COTILLARD / M / YODELICE
Most beautiful French woman? SOPHIE MARCEAU
Amélie Poulain or Carrie Bradshaw? AMELIE POULAIN
Favorite part of France? CORSICA
Favorite French language expression? C'EST PAS DE MA FAUTE
http://www.oliviergiraud.com/ Reserve tickets here.
AFP: Heard the one about the French stand-up?