The British have their pet bugs about the French language and culture, and the French feel much the same about les Rosbifs. Paul Taylor enjoys laughing at both, and he'll have audiences rolling in the aisles as he tours France with his new show "So British ou presque."
Taylor has binocular vision when it comes to examining both cultures. He's English— really English as he has to frequently point out to people. But he lived in France as a small child for five years. And then moved to Paris ten years ago for work and married a Frenchwoman. He loves to poke fun at himself and the disconcerted reactions French speakers have to him — he has a perfect accent but makes basic mistakes in French.
He's turned his experience into successful stand-up shows that move seamlessly from one language to another. Here, for example, is his take on those words in French that seem to be English but which no native English speaker recognises.
Paul Taylor: So British ou Presque
Will be in Bordeaux on Valentine's Day. In March, he will be in Pacé, Lille, Nantes, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Nice and Strasbourg. He’ll be in Dijon on April 28. Then in June, Toulouse, Montpellier, Paris and Lyon.