At the other end of the line, we imagine the translucent sea, the smell of olive trees.
Vincent Dedienne is filming in Greece, on an island in the Cyclades.
“Maybe they'll call me for a scene,” Vincent Dedienne says.
It was not lacking.
After barely two questions, the comedian must leave us.
The next day, calm, available and attentive, he dodges no questions.
Without calculations or fuss.
The 34-year-old actor, who we recently saw at the cinema in the “Embrace” and “Terrible Jungle”, confides exclusively on his new show, “Un Soir de gala”, which he will play on tour at from September and at Bouffes du Nord, in Paris, in December.
His first, the formidable "If something happens"
(available on Amazon Prime Video), had landed a Molière in 2017.
Do you have the pressure after the success of the first show?
It's not so much Molière.
It's just to do a second show.
The first evening will be decisive.
We'll know right away if we messed up or not.
Why this desire for a new one-on-one?
I want to make people laugh.
I love that.
It is this job that made me dream when I was little, as a cosmonaut or firefighter with others.
I saw this Muriel Robin VHS one day at my aunt's house.
And then, I looked at everything: Palmade, Lemercier, Caubère, Joly… When I make people laugh, I exercise my dream.
I can never get tired of it.
You played your previous one… almost 400 times!
I like to play shows for a long time.
We are always better the 400th time than the 399th.
There wasn't a single night that I did it on autopilot, or feeling like I was going to work.
By changing a detail, a comma, it changes what is happening in the room.
There are a thousand things to explore.
And I really enjoy the touring life.
We have lives where we are very busy so these are moments of pause.
We become aware of time, of loneliness.
I love hotels, trains, driving at night on the highway while listening to music.
Discover new theaters.
And the beautiful encounters.
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In the first show, you talked about your childhood, your adoption.
What are you going to talk about?
There, I had fun inventing characters, people I met or imagined and who implicitly tell something of the time, of our modern illnesses.
In fact, in the first, I went around me.
There, I rather go around the others.
It also questions our relationship to melancholy.
I tried to do funny skits about things that can make you a little sad.
We meet a choreographer, a little girl with high potential, an old man, a journalist.
You wrote it during the first lockdown.
How did you experience this period?
At first, I loved it.
I was hysterical about experiencing something historic and global.
All that oddly and indecently pleased me, especially since I was lucky to be spared, as well as my relatives.
And I also liked the silence that this imposed on the artists.
I did a lot of… puzzles
I made four that I glued.
I'm so glad I finished them that I want to keep them!
1500 and even a 2000 pieces.
The puzzle is a kind of contemplation, but active.
Why this title, “Un Soir de gala”?
I like what it lugs around that is obsolete.
The gala is what artists used to call a show.
And it evokes music, dance.
It took a long time to find this title.
For the first, it was easier.
In Paris, you will play at the Bouffes du Nord.
It is my favorite theater in Europe.
The place that I find the most beautiful in Paris, almost.
I played there but very little.
It is both outdated and modern.
Your style is far from stand-up.
Comedy sets, aren't they your thing?
I did a little at the beginning, I felt there was no choice.
Sometimes it worked.
But there were evenings, when I told myself that I had nothing to do there… And the public agreed!
It is so codified the stand-up.
If you're a little quirky, people think you don't know how to do it.
When I'm with other comedians, I feel like I'm that kid with the cool guys at the back of the bus.
And that it is absolutely necessary to be part of this gang.
Me, it intimidates me, it turns me off.
And then the stand-up, it's a bit of a conversation, we have the impression that we could arrive before, or after, to have taken the thing short.
I like the show, the theatrical side.
As a spectator, I love being told about something other than what I experienced during the day.
Right now, more than ever.
Who are you laughing at right now?
My favorites at the moment are Hakim Jemili and Laura Felpin.
Laura Felpin is a great actress.
She is bluffing me.
Hakim, he has something more, he is a bit absurd, he has a humanity that touches me.
I also love Marina Rollman, Morgane Cadignan or Guillermo Guiz.
The Cannes Film Festival in July, what do you think?
People are going to be hot in tuxedos!
What I find cool is that Avignon and Cannes are taking place at the same time.
We're going to hear a lot about theater and cinema and that's good.
“A gala evening”
, in Amiens on September 17, in Lille on October 24, at Bouffes du Nord (Paris, 18th century), from December 22, 2021 to January 29, 2022. And on tour throughout France.