Poupak's Parisian Life in New York

I am a French-Iranian woman with a passion for comedy. I have been lucky enough to be performing all over New York since 2010. I was a TV producer and a head writer for a morning live news show in France, as well as a free lance journalist and a book editor for many years.

Now, I am a life and a career coach (member of ICF), an improviser, a writer, and a show producer. I love my life!

I am a performer at the UCB & sometimes produce shows at The PIT in New York.

My French Tumblr: La Vie à l'Impro

I contribute to BuzzFeed.

I fight cancer with a passion - I want to contribute to a world where cancer will be as benign as a simple cold. Where you can donate against cancer of any kind and give hope to families and patients

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Another quick n’ dirty impression. This is me as Nick Offerman talking about his family life. Enjoy.

Frank is da best

frankhejl is SO FUNNY (also, he is one of the kindest people in the comedy community, jus’sayin’).

When I was downloading my photos onto my computer today I found THIS. My 101 class (missing a couple but with their big sisters) took this selfie with my phone when I was setting up the room and welcoming guests to their show. They are so talented and I am hoping they will all continue with long form improv. Love these nerds.


Possibly the finest musical improv I’ve ever seen.


Wherever perfectionism is driving, shame is riding shotgun. Perfectionism is not about healthy striving, which you see all the time in successful leaders, it’s not about trying to set goals and being the best we can be, perfectionism is basically a cognitive behavioral process that says if I look perfect, work perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid shame, ridicule, and criticism. It’s a defense mechanism.

"Why Doing Awesome Work Means Making Yourself Vulnerable"

So, I’ve been waiting for someone to explain this extremely simple concept to me my entire life.

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Hooooly shit I needed to read this article.

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"When I interview leaders, artists, coaches, or athletes who are very successful, they never talk about perfectionism as being a vehicle for success. What they talk about is that perfectionism is a huge trigger, one they have to be aware of all the time, because it gets in the way of getting work done."


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Sometimes you need to remember where you are coming from, how far you’ve come and that improv and comedy have saved you from being that asshole who thinks everything and everybody needs to be perfect and fool proof all the time. Being able to fail, miserably and in front of other people, or making a fool of yourself on purpose AND in front of others is what helps you move forward. It’s not “location” related, or who you hang out with or whatever, it’s you being able to “yes, and” and just living in the reality of the moment, no matter what, and not taking yourself too seriously because hey, life’s not that serious, am I right?? It’s just a pain sometimes, but we can make it work.

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I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.

Gilda Radner (via observando)

Life is about improv. Gilda knows best.

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Treat your audience like poets and geniuses and they’ll have the chance to become them.

-Del Close (via ucbcomedy)

YES. YES. YES. And treat your teammates as poets and geniuses and they will not only become them, but you will as well.

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Okay! I present here for improv nerdy delight and judgment a series of exercises on handling accusations in a scene. Each one evolved out of the previous one, and I think they’re each useful for different levels.

When I say “handling accusations” I mean treating accusations like gifts rather than an excuse to fight or to prove your character “right.” 

And when I say “accusations” I mean both:

  • Actual accusations, like: “Hey, Jeremy, YOU were supposed to invite people to this party!”
  • And the related ‘explain this' statement which is less angry but still makes the other person 'weird': “Jeremy, I hired you to be the clown for my son's birthday party, why are you discussing philosophy with them?”

Both of these things can bait people into either being defensive or deflecting or fighting, so it’s good to practice responding to them.

(Also: great scene ideas in my examples, as always)


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