ABOUT PIERRE CHAMMASSIAN (SHAMMASSIAN)
Pierre Chammassian (or Shammassian) (b. Beirut, Lebanon on the 9th of March, 1949) is famous in Lebanon for Arabs and Armenians alike, and also popular in the Armenian Diaspora. He regularly tours all over the world wherever Armenian and Lebanese communities exist.
He went on stage since he was 6 years old. Between the years 1962-1965 he started writing, directing and acting his first plays.
His first Armenian play was in 1971. It was a 2-man show “Paul and Pierre”. Between 1973-1985 joined Sami Khayyat and his group performing in Arabic, and he continued performing Armenian plays in parallel. In 1985 he joined Antoine Kerbaj in “Amrak Sidna”. In 1986 Michel Chikhani, André Jadaa and Pierre revived the Le Théâtre de Dix-Heures group. In 1996 André Jadaa and pierre left Le Théâtre de Dix-Heures to form the Les Diseurs group. From 1986 and on, they performed 20 plays.
In 1987 Pierre was in a comedy series “Al Bernayta” on the Lebanese television station TL. On the same TV station he also had an Arabic “Wheel of Fortune” in 1990, and a political comedy series “Nashra Mesh Men Hon” in 1991.
When it comes to Armenian palys, he had some works done since 1966. Here is a list of some of the best known:
- 1978 – “Bourj Hammoud 78”
- 1979 – “Gadage Meg Tiz”
- 1983 – “Amen Pan Chesvir”
- 1983 – “1 Harsentsou, 3 Tegnadzou”
- 1986 – “Bourj Hammoud 78 + 8”
- 1987 – “Hagop Baronian Bourj Hammoudi Mech”
- 1988 – “Amourinerou Mioutian Joghov”
- 1995 – “Harses Pernetsi”
- 2000 – “Shad Mi Kharner”
- 2005 – “Batal Dan Pesa”
- 2005 – Stand-up comedy “Ha Ha Ha Night”
- 2006 – Stand-up comedy “Achen Tsakhen”
- 2006 – “Portsank Batal”
- 2007 – Stand-up comedy “Lezoun Vosgor Chouni”
Since 2000 all his plays are written and directed by him.
In 1976 Pierre marries Ardemis Beudjekian and they have a son, Jerome and a daughter, Eliza.
Pierre doesn’t consider himself an actor. He’s an intertainer. He says he was born an intertainer. He hates sad faces and tries to be a smile distributor!
Pierre likes everything that has to do with comedy. The difference in performing stand-up comedies is that there’s more interactivity with the audience.
If you compare Pierre Shammassian with other stand-up comedy performers, you see that he also tries his best to look and sound like the characters inside the jokes. There’s no secret. It’s all about talent. He thinks the shortest jokes are the best ones.
Since 2000, André Jadaa and Pierre own the Olympia theatre and restaurant. It’s a 360 people capacity all seated.
source: Pierre Chammassian’s Website