What to expect of France's live entertainment post-Covid-19

How is the live entertainment industry faring post-Covid-19 lockdown? Connexion finds out. Pictured: French comic Swann Périssé by Laura Gilli.
How is the live entertainment industry faring post-Covid-19 lockdown? Connexion finds out. Pictured: French comic Swann Périssé by Laura Gilli.

Like the rest of us, live entertainers in France face a new, post-Covid, normal. Connexion asks two comics what we can expect in future.

How France's stand-up comedy scene is faring post-lockdown

Tough times lie ahead for the live entertainment industry, including Paris’s burgeoning stand-up comedy scene. Before Covid-19, stand-up had become increasingly inclusive in the capital. Even Anglophone comedians had found enthusiastic audiences.

Sarah Donnelly by Jessica Wolpman.
Sarah Donnelly by Jessica Wolpman.

American stand-up Sarah Donnelly says there has long been a demand for English-speaking comedians. “Often during the act we ask where audiences are from,” she said. “It’s generally a mixed crowd, around 50% French and 25% other non-Anglophone nationalities, plus Anglophones, and maybe one or two Americans. Younger audiences in their 20s are often students, into US/UK culture, they’re studying English, or have done an internship in the UK, and like watching Netflix in English." “Then there are the 30-somethings who speak English at work, or have English-speaking partners, have worked abroad, lived in an Anglophone country, studied abroad. We also get Asians and other non-French speakers coming along.”

She has lived in Paris for eight years, doing stand-up. “It was ...

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