In Conversation with Lisa Burke: How many laughs a minute do you need to turn


Did you know there’s a stand-up comedy scene in Luxembourg? Elian Habra and Jess Bauldry tell Lisa all about it.

It might have gone unnoticed to you that there is a burgeoning English comedy scene in Luxembourg. Over the last five years or so, amateur comics have got together to hone their skills through weekly open mic sessions.

In this conversation, they give me tips on how to start as a comic, a few basic rules. Do you know how many laughs per minute you’re aiming for as a ‘professional’ comic? Listen to find out!

My guests

Jess Bauldry has lived in Luxembourg since 2010 and was instrumental in creating the comedy open mic scene in Luxembourg. She has always been a passionate writer, and you may also recognise her name from journalism.

In 2021, she also co-founded Writers Who Talk, a network for creative writers and has given two workshops on humour writing. Her written work can be found in a number of anthologies, including “Tales from the Fountain”, published by Black Fountain Press.

Elian Habra arrived in Luxembourg six years ago. Syrian by birth, Elian uses his knowledge of the Middle East to turn stereotypes of his homeland into fodder for stand-up sets. 

Follow Elian on 
Instagram or on youtube
Follow Jess on Instagram or on Facebook @lifehackandthinkofengland

Some recommendations from Jess

Jess loves listening and learning from Lou Sanders (who recently performed in Luxembourg), Beth Stelling, Olga Koch, Sara Pascoe, Victoria Wood, Amy Poehler, Felicity Ward, Romesh Ranganathan, David Sedaris and Celeste Barber.

Great sources of comedy are the podcasts BBC 4 Comedy of the Week and The Guilty Feminist plus Funny Women for information.

For books, Jess loves:

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