French comedian Eric Lampaert is a comedian, actor, writer and director, among other things. The self-described Lego enthusiast and wannabe astrophysicist, who has appeared on BBC, HBO, Netflix and Comedy Central, will debut his new album, Alien of Extraordinary Ability, on November 9 on Blonde Medicine. The album is based on his critically acclaimed show, which he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Lampaert, who studied at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and Theatre Arts at Middlesex University in London, claims he can recite Shakespeare in two languages but is unable to change a tire. His acting talent is on display in AmStarDam, which was nominated as Best UK feature film at Raindance Festival. He has also appeared in Moonwalkers with Rupert Grint and Ron Perlman, in Luc Besson’s Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets and will soon be seen in Anna with Helen Mirren and Cillian Murphy.
Alien of Extraordinary Ability, the title of Lampaert’s album, refers to the US Department of Immigration classification that prioritizes visa applicants that can demonstrate "extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics." The comedian, who currently lives between France, the UK and the US, recently became an American citizen after marrying a woman from Pittsburgh, or so he says.
Lampaert is known for his sarcastically confrontational style. An example of his humor is the joke, “I really wish ISIS would stop playing violent video games and listening to Marilyn Manson,” which manages to address terrorism, gun control and freedom of speech in just one sentence.
The comedian likes ad-libbing, yet he often struggles with cultural sensitivities. He says the rules in the UK, France and America are very different, therefore, when traveling from one country to the other, you can forget what you’re allowed to say and what you’re not.
He admits that different places are good comedically for different reasons. He likes the UK because he considers the audience comedy savvy, though recognizes that they can also be moody, which puts more pressure on the comedian. In countries like Canada or the US, Lampaert says audiences tend to be happier, which makes for a great comedy cocktail. To get a sense of Lampaert's comedy style, listen to the track Relatable Neurotica here. His album will be available on the Blonde Medicine website.