What can be better on a rainy, Thursday evening than a British comedian making fun of France? Paul Taylor came last week on HEC campus to make students laugh and triggered rounds of applause with his jokes on how many kisses you have to do when saying hello in France, l’ administration française or the small mistakes foreigners make in French. “C’est pas une croissant…c’est un croissant!”.
The comedian is a bilingual Brit who quit his job at Apple in favor of acting and he became famous for his Saturday show “What the fuck France” casted on French TV Canal Plus. His show on the HEC campus was a good way of ending the French Academy, which lasted during the whole month of January. The academy aimed to bring international students closer to the French culture and Paul’s performance was clearly the “cherry on the cake”. The Amphi Blondeau welcomed French students but also internationals, who were not “safe” from the Brit humor. Brazilian, Australians, Germans or Italians were made fun of in the most genuine way. Interestingly, Paul performed both in French and English. During one hour, everyone forgot about classes, projects, deadlines, or the start of the new semester.
After the show, Paul Taylor came to talk with the students, took photos with them and continued the good vibe. As the party of the week was approaching, everyone left home with a big smile on their face, waiting for another show to be organized. “We want more” was the evening’s bottom line. Stand-up comedy is a good remedy for stress and students love to escape daily routines by participating in such events. Until next time Paul Taylor will be around you can check his Youtube Channel.