How to Become A Parisian in One Hour

How to Become a Parisian in One Hour
Théâtre des Nouveautés

Until December 31, 2023

100% in English


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


1h 10min
No intermission


One man show

Recommended for ages 16 and up

100% in English

Highlights: How to Become A Parisian in One Hour

It's the only lesson you'll ever need! No, you will not learn French, 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. How to Become a Parisian in One Hour has welcomed more than 800,000 spectators since 2009!

Story: How to Become A 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 comic, Olivier Giraud.


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


"Learning to be French through comedy!THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Worldwide audience in a packed theatre.PLAYBILL

"A must-see in Paris.ELLE

"The audience is in tears of laughter!TIME OUT

"A unique experience!THE IRISH TIMES

"A guide to Parisian rudeness on a packed theatre.THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

"The expert on Parisian behavior.CNN

"Certificate of excellence since 2015.” TRIPADVISOR


Great evening and great audience interaction!
2 months ago
Good one! Very funny!!!
A very good evening with great timing, humour, and above all, the distraction we all need right now. Thank you, Mr Giraud.
2 months ago
A laugh from start to finish
Great, in English and perfectly understandable, it's a laugh from start to finish. And both foreigners and Parisians get a kick out of these highly amusing clichés.
2 months ago
We saw the show for the second Time. Always funny. This guy will give you good advice to survive un Paris .
3 months ago
A must see when travelling in Paris! 10/10
Olivier is hilarious, it's a very funny show, all english speaking travellers should see it while in Paris to be a real parisian during their stay!!! I loved it :)
3 months ago
Tres bon!

Great entertainment, super entertainer in a lovely little Paris theatre. We've been to Paris several times and Olivier summed up the Parisian people perfectly. I found myself behaving differently on the Metro straight away!

4 years ago

Great kick off to a Paris visit! Funny and informative!

4 years ago
An evening of pure joy

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

4 years 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 years ago

Very valuable information for non Parisians!

4 years 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 years ago
Excellent comedy!

This show was so funny I cried. It's in English and a must see. A one man narration 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
5 years ago

Théâtre des Nouveautés

24 boulevard Poissonnière, 75009 Paris

Théâtre des Nouveautés

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 sentences 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:
Metro lines: You can take lines 8 and 9 to Grands Boulevards.
Our customer service can be reached in case of difficulty from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, please consult the map above.

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 theater'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 program.

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 How to Become A Parisian in One Hour lasts one hour and ten minutes with no intermission.

Is it a show for travellers or French people?

Both! After 9 years of uninterrupted success, Olivier Giraud continues to enchant audiences from all over the world. His English is so French that many Parisians come along with him about themselves too.

Is tipping customary?

Tips are not mandatory in Parisian theaters. However, you 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."