COMEDIAN PAUL TAYLOR BRINGS BILINGUAL STAND-UP SHOW TO NICE

Cet automne à Nice, préparez vous à rire en anglais et français avec le comédien Paul Taylor. This fall in Nice, get ready to laugh in both English and French with comedian Paul Taylor.

British comedian Paul Taylor is bringing his bilingual stand-up comedy show to the Théâtre de la Cité in Nice this October.

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If you are on social media, chances are that you have come across a short sketch about the way French people greet each other that was posted last year and then reposted on every blog and Facebook page. “When meeting a girl for the first time, should you shake hands or give her a kiss?”, “How many kisses do you have to give?”,  “Which cheek do you kiss?” … there were just a few of the questions raised by bilingual Brit Paul Taylor in an hilarious YouTube video that got one million views in just one week and quickly became an internet sensation.

Riding on this success, the young man, who used to work and travel the world for Apple, is now making a new life for himself as a stand-up comedian and it is with his half English, half French show that he will be in Nice, at the Théâtre de la Cité, this coming October.

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Giving up a well-paid job and a bright future in a big company to start over and make people laugh in two languages is never an easy task, but Paul Taylor definitely has what it takes to make it work: a sharp sense of observation and humour, an undeniable ease with languages as he speaks French like a “Froggy” with just a slight a hint of an English accent, and a huge list of topics that tackle his adopted country’s particularities that, based on his own experience, might be difficult for expats. From the many public holidays and culture of strikes, to the dreaded administration and mad driving skills, no facet of life in France is safe with him.

If you do not yet know him, you can always check out the many “What the Fuck France 3 minute films he made for French channel Canal+. They are all available on YouTube.

Paul Taylor will be at the Théâtre de la Cité in Nice, on Friday, the 6th of October at 7:45 pm and 9:30 pm. Tickets cost from from €28 to €30 and can be bought at all the usual outlets or reserved online.

 

Image and video courtesy Paul Taylor Facebook page

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THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED: THE TRAGIC LOVE STORY OF ZELDA AND SCOTT

Nouvel article pour Riviera Buzz (New article for Riviera Buzz)

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A tragic love story that still fascinates almost a century later, French author Renaud Meyer’s latest play Zelda and Scott is coming to the Riviera.

They had it all. He was a youngbrilliant and successful author whose most famous works, The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night, are considered some of the greatest novels of the last century. She was a beautifulpopular and eccentric southern belle who grew up in a wealthy family and was indulged by her mother. And together, as a couple, they became the epitome of both the follies of the roaring 20s and the despair of the Lost Generation.

More than 90 years later, the story of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzerald still fascinates, and this is why Meyer chose them as the heroes of his latest play, simply titled Zelda and Scott, which is coming to the French Riviera this month. For two hours, the story takes us to New York where the two have just fallen madly in love and then moves to the terrace of a hotel in Cannes where the couple led a life of excess, before ending in a psychiatric hospital where Zelda is being treated for schizophrenia.

The play has all the required elements of a perfect drama: literary successes, a decadent lifestyle, acts of outrageous behaviour (they were regularly thrown out of hotels and the homes of friends), bouts with alcoholismjealousyinsanity… “Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy”, Fitzerald once wrote, and it seems like that is exactly what he and his muse managed to do with their own lives.

After a successful run in Paris, the play is now touring France and will stop in Monaco on the 9th of November and in Cannes on the 21st.

Just as Woody Allen’s latest movie Magic in the Moonlight pays tribute to our region at a time, the Jazz age, where it was the favorite playground of wealthy American and English expatriates, this great play reminds us of the flip side of paradise.

Zelda and Scott plays at the Théâtre Princesse Grace in Monaco at 3 pm on Sunday, 9th November and at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes at 8:30 pm on Friday, 21st of November.