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Comedy, as well as other theatrical productions can be traced back to the 12th century in Paris. This primitive form of theater was not accessible to the masses. The 16th century saw a Renaissance, much like the rest of Europe. During this time humanists stories were in vogue. It wasn't until the 17th century that theater became a popular pastime.
This period saw a rise in drama and theater troupes that performed at hotels. Famous playwright Moliere was a favorite for comedy then and now. The 1800s also produced popular comedies such as the Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais. Drama and Victor Hugo reined in the 18th century. The 19th century saw a rise in avant-guarde theater, also known as theater of the absurd.
Even foreign born playwrights like Ireland's Samuel Beckett found a place in French theater. Live theater continues to blossom in modern Paris. From drama to comedy to musicals and cabaret, there is always something to see in Paris.
These are a few of the most interesting comedy venues in modern Paris, and always great for a laugh.
This comedy theater is one of Paris's newer establishments. A former woodworking shop, this space was turned into an acting workshop in 1985 by a group of friends. In 2001 it officially became Comedie Bastille. The theater is located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. Because of its funny and original shows, Comedie Bastille has become a popular Paris attraction.
Le Comedy Club
Don't let the name fool you. Le Comedy Club is more than just a comedy venue. This theater shows a wide range of performances from concerts to stand up to plays, Le Comedy Club is a great theater to check out while you are in Paris. The theater has an intimate vibe, with a full bar and lounge area. This place is all about fun, whether it's a comedian who is making you laugh, or just you and your friends having a drink.
Laughing Matters in Paris
If you want to make sure that you are going to understand all of the jokes you hear try Laughing and Music Matters in Paris. This is a comedy theater devoted to stand up and music in English. The man behind the idea of bringing English speaking comics to comedy filled Paris is a British man by the name of Karel Beer. He has been bring comedians to Paris since 1995. Laughing Matter in Paris can now be seen in four different venues throughout the city.
Comedie De Paris
Comedie De Paris is an intimate theater located in the 9th arrondissement. Right at the base of Montmartre, this theater is a great place to catch a show. Comedy for all ages can be seen at this theater, as they have kids programming in addition to adult shows. Check their website to see what plays or one man shows will be on when you are visiting. Buying tickets online guarantees you the best price.
Paris Comedy Festival
The Paris Comedy Festival, known as L'Humour en Capitales, is a great opportunity to see massive amounts of French humor at one time. The festival takes place in June and features over 300 different acts. Seasoned professionals as well as new talent can be seen at the festival. Paris even invites comedians from Quebec to perform.