How to Become A Parisian in One Hour

How to Become a Parisian in One Hour
Théâtre des Nouveautés

Until 25 May 2019

100% in English


Théâtre des Nouveautés
24 boulevard Poissonnière, 75009 Paris
Capacity : 585 seats


1 hour 10 minutes

No intermission


One-man show

Recommended for ages 16 and up

100% in English


It’s the only French lesson you’ll ever need! No, you won’t learn French (except for a few key insults), but you’ll learn how to behave ‘like a Parisian’, as well as the major differences between French people and Anglo-Saxons. It’s a daring, rip-roaring, self-deprecating one-man-show, sure to be the highlight of your trip. Join the over 500K viewers worldwide who have been delighted to learn How to Become Parisian in One Hour!


Spend an hour “learning” all the tricks and tips on what it takes to become Parisian, thanks to Paris’ very own hilarious comique, Olivier Giraud.


Surrounded by an international audience, you’ll discover how to act like a true Parisian in everyday situations such as riding the metro, dining in a French café, wandering the city streets, and even in relationships. You’ll not only laugh uncontrollably throughout the performance, but leave the beautiful Théâtre des Nouveautés confident enough to mingle with the Parisians - or at least understand them!


An evening of pure joy

Sketches about daily life really well performed. And really good audience interaction. We had a really great time.

4 months ago


We laughed from the start to the end, and we're actually Parisians! He didn't go too heavy on the clichés, it was the perfect balance. I recommend!

4 months ago


Very valuable information for non Parisians!

4 months ago

Fun show!

Fun and light show! Perfect for foreing visitors and was actually recommended to us by a local Parisian who loved it

5 months ago

Excellent comedy!

This show was so funny I cried. It's in English and a must see. A one man anrration by Olivier Giraud who explores what to do and what not to do in Paris. He covers a number of social situationsat a cafe, on the metro, shopping, love making, in the

Phillip A
6 months ago

Théâtre des Nouveautés

24 boulevard Poissonnière, 75009 Paris

The Théâtre des Nouveautés has built up a lasting reputation since its foundation in 1827. From its start, the venue has been known for its light comedies and vaudevilles, and has kept this tradition ongoing for nearly two centuries, despite having to change its location a few times. In fact, the history of the Théâtre des Nouveautés is truly a history of a theatre that just wouldn't give up, facing various closures and location changes due to heavy competition, destructive fires, and the changing cityscape. Despite all these changes, the theatre was able to make a name for itself as one of the leading Parisian venues, and many famous playrights including Georges Feydeau started their careers with debuts on its stage.


Located two steps away from the Musée Grevin and in the heart of the bustling Paris theatre district, the theatre was recently renovated and now welcomes its guests with its plush velvet seats and Belle Epoque decoration. The show programme of the Théâtre des Nouveautés focuses on modern comedies, and is a favorite amongst Parisian theatre-goers.


Fast facts

Capacity: 585

Handicap Accessible? Partially, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas

Air conditioning? Yes


Is the show accessible to English speakers?

Olivier Giraud speaks English throughout the entire show, and will teach you a few key French phrases along the way. If you have nothing against a charming French accent, this show is for you!

How do I get to the theatre?

The Théâtre des Nouveautés is accessible by lines 8 and 9, and the closest métro station is Grands Boulevards. Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map below.

What do I do when I get to the theatre?

We invite you to arrive 15 minutes before the beginning of the show, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.

Is a show programme included with my tickets?

Tickets for How to Become Parisian in One Hour do not include a programme.

It says that this show is not recommended for children under 16. What does that mean?

While Olivier Giraud is a polite and well educated French gentleman, he sometimes uses a language that is... let's say... flowery. Try him!

How long does the show last?

The show lasts one hour and ten minutes with no intermission. 

Is it a show for travellers or French people?

Both! After 7 years of uninterrupted success, Olivier Giraud continues to enchant audiences from all over the world. His English is so French that many Parisians come laugh with him about themselves too.

Is tipping customary?


Tips are not mandatory in Parisian theatres. However, ushers will usually expect a small tip of between 2€ and 5€, which you can give them when they've shown you to your seat. Fun fact: the French word for “tip” is “pourboire,” which literally translates to “to have a drink.”