Last Saturday, he went on stage in front of... 10,000 people. Alongside his great friend Blanche Gardin, godmother of the Abbé Pierre Foundation, the comedian Aymeric Lompret participated in a militant intervention to encourage spectators of the We Love Green festival (Paris XIIe) to make donations to the association that fights against poor housing. A few jokes and a lot of information to alert the general public to a fact of society that continues to grow.
On the same theme, it is a lot of jokes and some information that Aymeric Lompret slips on stage in his new show, "Yolo" (acronym that can be translated into French as "we live only once"). After the success of his previous show "Tant pis", accessible for a few days on MyCanal, the columnist of France Inter interprets a homeless man who, while looking for his dog Antoine, delivers a monologue as funny as it is striking on the shortcomings of the time and the galloping pauperization.
A performance that takes as much to the gut as to the zygomatic
Two years that the idea was trotting in his mind, he who lives above a day care center. Playing a character, when he used to make jokes under his own hat, was "a big challenge". "I made sure he wasn't too far away from me, it's easier to hold," he laughs. No cigarette in the mouth, nor can of beer, Aymeric Lompret wanted to "avoid falling into clichés". By turns spicy and poetic, tender and corrosive, the actor delivers a convincing performance that takes as much to the guts as to the zygomatics.
"The number of homeless people has doubled in recent years," says Aymeric Lompret. A doubly necessary show then? "I still have trouble projecting myself into the messages, knowing how the show is perceived. For now, my only ambition is to make people laugh with this subject, "he evacuates. And for that, he was able to count on his collaboration with Pierre-Emmanuel Barré, former troublemaker of France Inter and France 5, co-author of the show. "We said together the themes we wanted to address: poor housing, fachos, personal development, junk food and isolation, lists the thirty-year-old. We start from a serious subject, and we try to arrive at the most absurd thing possible. Sometimes it's me who throws, often it's him who finds the fall: between us, it's ping-pong. »
Four years that these two work together on the chronicles of Aymeric Lompret in the show of the band to Charline Vanhoenacker, on France Inter. A media exposure that he was able to make fruitful at the same time as his rooms were more and more full. The controversial announcement of the transition of the show from a daily to weekly rhythm at the beginning of the next school year has crumpled him. "Especially for the presenters, columnists, technicians who are there every day," sighs the one who should find a microphone on Sunday in the new version of the show.
Before that, this summer, Aymeric Lompret will, for the first time, turn in a film for the cinema. And animate... bingo in Belgium. "It's to help a day care centre. That's it, I'm in the activist milieu now. Besides, it doesn't pay," he laughs.
"Yolo", Aymeric Lompret's show, until June 8 at the European (sold out), on tour, then back in Paris from January 10.