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PIJNTIY Podcast : The American comedian who chose to see the funny side of her Paris misadventures

PIJNTIY Podcast : The American comedian who chose to see the funny side of her Paris misadventures

Some weeks ago I launched my first Paris Is Just Not That Into You podcast. It was inspired by a discussion with my friend and pastry-chef extraordinaire Zahara. We were bemoaning our mutual struggles as expats in Paris, when I realised that I am not the only one living out misadventures in this city. Naturally Zahara became the first guest: the podcast was born; we spoke about her experience working for one of Paris’ most famous (and most cut-throat) patisseries; and much cackling ensued. 

The only problem was that I had NO IDEA who to interview next! So I employed the only logical course of action: I took to Instagram, asking my Parisian followers if they knew anyone I should get in touch with. @onebelgianabroad, bless her soul, suggested that I reach out to American comedian Rose Reyes. Reach out to her I did: I met Rose, dragged a friend along to one of her comedy shows, and wound up convincing her to record a podcast with me in my lounge room (FTW!!).

Rose is a comedian and writer who moved from New York (via Ireland) to Paris four years ago, after deciding to become a graduate student in History and Literature at the age of 45. In the podcast we talk about how comedy became a coping mechanism during her Paris integration, as well as the Parisian dating disasters which form the basis of her comedy routines (a topic which strongly resonates with yours truly!). And psst - there’s a happy ending ;)

Rose rockin' it on the Parisian comedy circuit

Rose rockin' it on the Parisian comedy circuit

I love this podcast with Rose, who is hilarious yet also so intelligent and insightful at the same time. I could have spent hours with her discussing her fascinating life and hilarious Parisian experiences, which explains the slightly longer 40 minute format. Please let me know what you think about the length — personally I have this firmly entrenched belief that my podcast should not exceed 30 minutes…?

I really hope you enjoy listening to this new podcast as much as I enjoyed making it. I have a list of future guests which I am really looking forward to bringing to life in the near future. However, as always n’hésite pas if you know of any interesting expats I should speak to, or even any expats whose story interests you (I am a reasonably skilled online stalker, and chances are I will be able to track them down).

I am so excited about my little Paris expat podcast project. As Ernest Hemingway once said: “Paris is the city where the most interesting people in the world live.”

You can follow Rose on Facebook or through her blog Somewhere in between.

You can download and subscribe to the Paris Is Just Not That Into You podcast on iTunes. Do it - I dare ya ;P

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