Teacher Luke: In this episode you can listen to 30 minutes of my stand-up comedy performance from last Friday in Paris.
You can watch a video of this performance below.
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As you may know I’ve been doing stand-up comedy for about the same length of time as the podcast. There are stand-up comedy gigs in Paris now, and because there are not many performers it is easier to get stage time. In London you have to beg people for gigs, but in Paris people are asking me to do it, which is great. There is a growing scene of stand-up in English here in Paris and it’s exciting to be a part of it. It’s not just in Paris though. There are English stand-up nights in many other cities such as Tokyo and Berlin. Why don’t you see if there are stand-up gigs or events in your town or area? It could be a good way to practise your English, meet people or make English speaking friends. Who knows, maybe you could try some stand-up yourself.
This recording is taken from a 1 hour show I shared with comedians Pierre Gaspard (“No Shame” – Saturday nights at Paname Art Cafe in Republique) and Sarah Donnelly (The French Fried Comedy Night – also at Paname Art Cafe). The show took place on a Friday evening at about 9PM. There were 40-50 people in the audience and they were a mix of French residents, American or British ex-pats and some other visitors from other countries. It was quite a multi-cultural crowd.
In the performance I talk about being English and what it is like being an English person abroad. I use some rude language in the episode. There is SOME SWEARING, including ‘the F word’. If you’re offended by that sort of language then I’m sorry, but I recommend that you look around the world and realise that a few swear words on a Friday night at a comedy gig is not the end of the world. If you don’t mind a bit of swearing than great! If you’re a teacher of English and you want to play this podcast to your class – you should say something about the swearing first, just to be safe. Or you could just completely ignore it – up to you.
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Watch Luke’s performance here: