58. The Comedy Scene in Luxembourg
How many laughs a minute do you need to turn comic professional?
Did you know there's a stand-up comedy scene in Luxembourg? Elian Habra and Jess Bauldry tell Lisa all about it.
It might have gone unnoticed to you that there is a burgeoning English comedy scene in Luxembourg. Over the last five years or so, amateur comics have got together to hone their skills through weekly open mic sessions.
In this conversation, they give me tips on how to start as a comic, a few basic rules.
Jess Bauldry has lived in Luxembourg since 2010 and was instrumental in creating the comedy open mic scene in Luxembourg. She has always been a passionate writer, and you may also recognise her name from journalism.
In 2021, she also co-founded Writers Who Talk ( https://www.writerswhotalk.lu/), a network for creative writers and has given two workshops on humour writing. Her written work can be found in a number of anthologies, including "Tales from the Fountain", published by Black Fountain Press.
Elian Habra arrived in Luxembourg six years ago. Syrian by birth, Elian uses his knowledge of the Middle East to turn stereotypes of his homeland into fodder for stand-up sets.
Follow Elian on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/elianhabra/?hl=en or youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/elianhabra1
Follow Jess on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bauldryjess/ or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Life-Hack-and-think-of-England-104285212027790
Some recommendations from Jess:
Jess loves listening and learning from Lou Sanders (who recently performed in Luxembourg), Beth Stelling, Olga Koch, Sara Pascoe, Victoria Wood, Amy Poehler, Felicity Ward, Romesh Ranganathan, David Sedaris and Celeste Barber.
Great sources of comedy are the podcasts BBC 4 Comedy of the Week and The Guilty Feminist plus Funny Women for information.
For books, Jess loves:
The serious guide to joke writing: Sally Holloway
The Comedy Bible: Judy Carter
How to be champion: Sarah Millican
How to write funny: Scott Dikkers (founding editor of The Onion)
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