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ABOUT ME

I have found my home in Frankfurt, Germany, where it is perfectly fine to be super honest and not that nice. I grew up in Florida, but hope you won’t judge me for that. I moved to Germany for one year, twenty-two years ago. Germany has no chance of getting rid of me. Ever. (I came for the schnitzel and stayed for the human rights.)

I founded and was the artistic director of Theatre Language Studio Frankfurt from 2010 to 2021 where I taught and performed scripted theatre and improvisational comedy to mostly bankers, with hilarious results. (Bankers – funnier than you thought!) I have done comedy festivals all over Europe and directed and performed in FITS Improv Comedy ensemble for over ten years, as well as played on indie improv teams like Rebel Chicken, Dangerous Play and Strangeland improv comedy.

I started performing solo as a standup comedian in 2019. The pandemic taught me that comedy is the most fun thing humans can share (besides pizza). I have had the opportunity to perform in over 20 cities globally, including the iconic Laugh Factory Chicago. Tours have taken me to Paris, Barcelona, Bucharest, Athens, Luxembourg, Berlin, Vienna, Krakow, Zürich, and many more, including the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe where I was longlisted for the 2023 Popcorn Award for New Writing, presented by the BBC Writersroom and Popcorn Group (Involuntary Momslaughter).

REVIEWS

“Her energy is reminiscent of Kathryn Hahn, using her vibrant personality to breeze through taboo topics.”  (theatreweekly.com)

“Totally electric. It is impossible not to find Abigail funny.” (katmasterson.com)

“She is deeply likeable.” (edfringereview.com)

“Bubbly.” (one4review.co.uk)

STANDUP COMEDY

I host. I headline. And everything in between. I thrive off connecting with audiences – having a conversation with the audience. (Where I get to do all the talking.) Wink. I do shows all over my beloved Frankfurt with English Comedy Frankfurt. I have taken to stages across Frankfurt and throughout Germany (Berlin, Stuttgart, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg) as well as in many other European cities. I’m a high energy act – a bit of magnetism and malfunction.

SHOWS

ON TOUR AND AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING

If you are interested in booking Involuntary Momslaughter or Miss Communication, plesae contact me at hello@abigailpaul.com for more information.

Involuntary Momslaughter Show Trailer
Miss Communication Show Trailer

Involuntary Momslaughter began with a powerful preview performance at the Comedy Cafe Berlin in November 2022. It later moved to a work-in-progress run at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2023, before it began sold-out preview performances at the Theater Alte Brücke in Frankfurt, Germany. With a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2023, the show was longlisted for the prestigious BBC Writersroom/Popcorn Group Writing Award, as well as received widespread positive critical reception.

Despite its dark subject matter, Involuntary Momslaughter is surprisingly uplifting, blending pathos with well-crafted punchlines. It unapologetically challenges the assumption that all women are nurturing or nice, eliciting laughs and gasps in equal measure. Born in Panama, raised in Florida and escaped to Germany, Abigail takes audiences on a jaw-dropping journey of a true story that engages the crowd in laughter and learning, creatively communicating the themes of resilience and self-empowerment.

Abigail Paul, a “transformative talent” who “lights up the stage” (★★★★★, Theatre Weekly), dives into her sophomore solo show Miss Communication, after her lauded debut Involuntary Momslaughter at Edinburgh Fringe 23.

Coined ‘Blabby Abby’ as a child for her gift of the gab, she uncovers why she traded swampy Florida for her belovedly blunt Germany. She has a knack for saying the quiet part out loud. (Her friends don’t always like it, but audiences certainly do).

In her second comedy hour, she gives her signature snark and sparkle – ‘snarkle’ ©Trademark Abigail – about her hatred of niceties like tipping and greeting cards, while championing her childfreedom and refusal to accept social norms. With critical and audience reception at Brighton Fringe in May 2024 skyhigh, the sister standup show to Involuntary Momslaughter is to multiple heading to European cities in summer of 2024.

IMPROVISATION

I get to make improvisation comedy with some really great friends. Rebel Chicken Improv is my cherished duo team with my theatre partner and soul sister René Becker. We have been so lucky to train and perform with hundreds of brilliant people in Frankfurt and beyond. I have trained with some of the best teachers in Chicago and all over the world; Second City Chicago (Michael Gellman), Improv Olympic (Jet Eveleth, Lindsay Haley), Keith Johnstone, Remy Bertrand (Imprology UK), Steve Roe (Hoopla UK). I am available for coaching teams and workshops upon request.

PEDAGOGY

I have been designing and facilitating trainings and workshops for over 20 years for organisations and schools. I have worked with diverse cultural and linguistic groups, with specialisations in Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL), applied improvisation, and professional theatre training. My work was published in the University of College Cork’s academic journal Scenario in which I outline performative techniques in the foreign language classroom, giving teachers ideas on how to refresh their creative skill set.

I do lots of serious workshops on humour. Germans love it. I have a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester (2010) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Central Florida (1998).

UPCOMING SHOWS

26/07/2024
  • Miss Communication (2024 Gentse Feesten)

    26/07/2024  18:30 - 19:30
    Bar Mirwaar, Burgstraat 59, 9000 Gent, Belgium

27/07/2024
  • Amai Comedy Open Mic

    27/07/2024  20:00 - 22:00
    Bar Mirwaar, Burgstraat 59, 9000 Gent, Belgium

31/07/2024
  • Miss Communication @Cafe Alte Liebe

    31/07/2024  19:30 - 21:00
    Schmidtchens Alte Liebe - Bar, Café, Livemusik und Eventlocation, Spielbudenpl. 21-22, 20359 Hamburg, Germany

    With special guest June Waldenberger

10/08/2024
05/10/2024
  • Miss Communication

    05/10/2024  19:30 - 21:30
    Theater old bridge, Kleine Brückenstraße 5, 60594 Frankfurt am Main, Germany