The Brit who makes the French laugh... at themselves

Photo: Christine Coquilleau

Samantha David meets British stand-up comedian Paul Taylor, fast becoming well known in France for his hilarious commentaries on life in Paris

British Stand-up comedian Paul Taylor is a regular on TV station Canal Plus, first gaining popularity with his “What the F**k, France?” videos and now with his “What’s Up, France” series. Samantha David chatted to him about kryptonite, accents and how it all started. 

Paul Taylor: “It started basically, in my last year at Queen Mary University in London. I didn’t have a lot of work to do, which was strange when you think it was my final year, but I didn’t. So I started binge-watching stand-up comedy and I really got into it. I’d always been a fan but I really started to think about doing it myself. Then there was a comedy night at the Student Union bar and I went to see it with my mates and a couple of them just weren’t that good.

They just died on stage, and I thought it really couldn’t be that difficult. I was beginning to think I wanted to do it, and started going to open mic nights in London as a audience member and it was the same story. Some of them were pretty awful and then ...

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