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Anne Roumanoff: "The stage is an absolutely brilliant space of freedom"


INTERVIEW – TMC broadcasts, this Tuesday, December 6 at 9:25 p.m., Everything is almost fine, his show captured at the Parisian theater of Bobino.


Oh she's no longer in red


… But no, I've changed, I'm evolving

”, rejoices

Anne Roumanoff

as soon as her show opens.

Dressed in a colorful blouse and jeans, she goes on for almost an hour and forty-five sketches on the couple, divorced women, romantic encounters, the Covid, political correctness… The one who celebrated her 35 years of career last Sunday at the Olympia looks back on the creation of this show entitled

Everything is almost fine


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- Why did you give up your red outfit?

Anne Roumanoff.


I wanted to change.

This color tired me and people don't give it so much importance.

What matters is what we say.

So why

is everything almost fine


Not to call the show

Everything is very very bad


Before the Covid, it was called

Tout va bien

, it was already ironic.

Then when there was the health crisis, Ukraine, this new title imposed itself.

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How was this show born?

It's always a lot of work.

Even once started, I continue to work.

What fascinates me is the news, but also changes in society, people's behavior...

Precisely, to evoke the news, we find in this show your character as a pillar of a bistro...

It's like a prism that allows me to talk about the news in a somewhat unbridled way, without it really being me, and in same time to say a lot of things.

Afterwards, he's a character that I've developed quite a bit.

At the start, he had the voice of someone who was really very drunk, whereas today I don't change my voice to interpret him, but I kept the symbol of the bistro table.

You mention the Covid in your show.

How did you experience this period of health crisis?

I experienced it in a somewhat special way because I was on the radio every day, so it's a lot of work.

My shows were canceled, but I still had this job.

Then I created an association, Solidarity with caregivers, in March 2020 which quickly grew enormously but to a point where it almost overwhelmed me.

I was on the verge of burnout, which has never happened to me in my life.

“I absolutely do not hold myself back”

Anne Roumanoff

One of your sketches offers an internship in politically correct humor.

When we say that we can no longer laugh at everything, what is it?

Of course the sensitivity to change, and I think we adapt to the times.

But, for example, when I started doing sketches in 1987, the sexual valves, among women, nothing could be done.

As soon as we talked about sex, it was a disaster.

Today, we see that current female comedians can talk very trashy about sex and it doesn't bother anyone.

Afterwards, there are subjects on which we could express ourselves without worry and it became “touchy”.

But me, it's not something that bothers me in fact.

Obviously, wokism has excessive sides but I find it good that we reflect on: why are we laughing?

what does that mean, what does that induce?

And that doesn't prevent turning around the taboo to say things.

There are plenty of comedians who are very brilliant.

I find that the stage is an absolutely brilliant space of freedom, so I'm not at all in the “ah it was better before”, I think that the time is different.

In any case, I absolutely do not hold back.

There is a lot of talk about the couple, the breakup, you even mention yours.

Was it obvious for you to include your own story?

In fact, I'm not talking about myself really.

I say I'm divorced but I never talk about my life on stage.

I draw inspiration from my personal experience.

What I like is escaping into characters and not recounting what I have experienced.

What interests me is to extrapolate, to invent.

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You were on stage, at the Olympia, last Sunday, for your 35-year career…

The show brought together fifteen comedians (Nicolas Canteloup, Laurent Ruquier, Christelle Chollet, Élie Semoun, Jean-Luc Lemoine, Virginie Hocq….) two musicians, six dancers.

It will be broadcast on Comédie and C8.

I think it's great that the comedians followed me to do that


You will soon be making your first film,

What are we going to do with you, mom?


How did this desire to go behind the camera come about?

I am reaching an age where I feel capable of it.

I want to talk about 50-year-old women who divorce, what they live after, the way society looks at them, the way the daughters of these women look at them.

I wrote a comedy about it and I hope to shoot this summer.

You explained that your driving force, when you started out, was your desire for recognition.

What is it today?

I'm more into the fun of doing things.

I think it's great to be able to have fun in your work.

We are so lucky to have this freedom of expression on stage, to say to ourselves:

“What am I going to talk about, how am I going to talk about it”


Frankly, I was perhaps not aware of it when I started because we are afraid of not succeeding, of failing, that it will end.

It's not that I'm no longer afraid today, but I'm more aware of how lucky I am that it works after 35 years, that the theaters are full.

It's amazing actually.

I get off on it more, I enjoy it more, I savor it more, I don't get bored, on the contrary.

Source: lefigaro

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