Gad Elmaleh (Arabic: جاد المالح Gād el-Māleḥ; born 19 April 1971) is a French-Moroccan-Canadian stand-up comedian and actor who achieved notoriety in France, Morocco and United States. He is most famous in the French-speaking world and more recently in the United States.He has starred in several feature films, including Coco, Priceless, La Doublure and Midnight in Paris. Voted the funniest person in France, he was named knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture; he was also named knight of the National Order of Quebec. Elmaleh is often referred to as the "Seinfeld of France." In 2015 and 2018, Elmaleh did national comedy tours across the United States. In 2019, he released the Netflix series Huge in France.
Comedy. Elmaleh's first one-man show Décalages, performed at the "Palais des glaces" in 1997, was autobiographical. In the show he retraces his journey beginning with his departure from Morocco after high school, continuing with his studies in Montreal and finishing in France where he studied drama at Cours Florent. His fame further increased with the success of his second one-man show, La Vie Normale which was his first time performing at the Olympia as well his first show of more than two hours. The show was released on DVD on January 23, 2001. In contrast to his first two one-man shows, his L’autre c’est moi (2005) contains more improvisation and interaction with the public. He has been credited with bringing the American stand-up style to France and using it in his one-man shows. He came back to the stage with L'autre, c'est moi in September 2006 in Canada (Montreal) and in the U.S. (in Broadway, at the Beacon Theater in front of 3000 spectators); it was performed also in Casablanca, Morocco. Between April and August 2007 he played his successful show in France, Belgium, and Switzerland. The show attracted over 300,000 spectators. The show was later released on DVD and sold 1,500,000 copies. On January 6, 2007, he was voted the "funniest man of the year" by TF1 viewers from a choice of 50 comedians. On 15 July 2007, Elmaleh premiered his fifth one-man show, Papa est en haut, in Montreal as part of the Just for Laughs festival. That year he sold out seven consecutive weeks at the iconic Olympia theater in Paris, a new record. After that Gad performed for another seven sold out weeks at Le Palais des Sports. In total, one million tickets were sold to this show. In 2013, he appeared on Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.His sixth standup show was Sans Tambour (Drumless, "sans tambour ni trompette" (bugleless) = meaning making a big entrance unannounced). In 2016, he appeared with Kev Adams in the M6 comedy special Tout est Possible. During the show, the two comedians performed a 10-minute sketch where they played Chinese men. The sketch was criticized for being racist and some publications dubbed it yellowface.Elmaleh has performed in a mix of French and Arabic in Morocco and included some Hebrew in shows in Israel. Elmaleh is often called the "Seinfeld of France," a label he called "flattering" and understandable, given that both he and Seinfeld are inspired to do comedy based on "everyday life." Seinfeld dismissed it as silly and joked, according to Elmaleh, "He's not that funny." = Move to America. = In 2015 Elmaleh began an American tour entitled "Oh My Gad" and moved to New York City. He first appeared in Joe's Pub in December following multiple workout shows in the fall. While Elmaleh speaks English fluently, he works with an English teacher to write his jokes while appreciating the nuances of the English language. One difference between his French shows and his English shows is that his English shows include no riffing, everything is scripted. In September 2016, an episode of This American Life highlighting challenging transitions included a segment about Elmaleh and his transition to American comedy.On the December 15, 2016 episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Elmaleh appeared as the show's stand-up act. Elmaleh's French stand-up special Gad Gone Wild was filmed in Montreal, Canada and was released on Netflix on 24 January 2017. An English language special was released in March 2018.In May 2017 Elmaleh performed pro bono for a local Chabad-Lubavitch center in Côte-Saint-Luc. The director's father ran a Jewish summer camp and other Jewish activities in Elmaleh's hometown of Casablanca and the appearance was dedicated to him. Acting. Elmaleh's first contact with cinema was the full-length film, Salut cousin ! by Merzak Allouache. He later appeared in L'homme est une femme comme les autres and Train de Vie. In 2000 he played the role of "Dov", the seducer in La Vérité si je mens ! 2. The character of "Chouchou" in La Vie Normale was reproduced in the comedy Chouchou (2002), directed by Merzak Allouache and also starring Alain Chabat; the film drew large audiences.. He then did his debut as a singer in "it's kiz my life", a popular song in a non-existing language. The music video was directed by J.G Biggs and shot in the famous Parisian Hôtel Costes. He returned to film in 2004 when he starred in the 2004 film Olé! with Gérard Depardieu. In 2005, he starred as François Pignon in La Doublure (English title "The Valet"), by Francis Veber. In 2006, he appeared opposite Audrey Tautou in Priceless (French title "Hors de prix"), by Pierre Salvadori. He played the voice of Barry B. Benson in the French version of the 2007 film Bee Movie, Drôle d’Abeille. There he met Jerry Seinfeld and became friends with him.In 2009, he released the film, Coco, which he directed, wrote and starred in. It opened number one in France, Belgium and Switzerland. In 2010 he appeared in a dramatic role in Roselyne Bosch's The Round Up, which is based on the events surrounding the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup.In 2011, he had a small role in Woody Allen's Paris-set feature, Midnight in Paris. He also appeared in the motion capture film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, alongside Jamie Bell. The film, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, was released on 26 October 2011 in Belgium and on 23 December 2011 in the United States. The same year, he also starred in Jack & Jill as Al Pacino's French cook. In 2012, he had a small role in The Dictator. In 2019 he has a Netflix series, Huge in France, exposing him to a wider American audience. The satiric series includes a cameo by Jerry Seinfeld.
Elmaleh lived with French actress Anne Brochet from 1998 to 2002. They have one son, Noé, together. The story of their relationship and breakup was told in Brochet's book Trajet d'une amoureuse éconduite. From 2009 to 2010, his partner was the French journalist Marie Drucker. He was in a relationship with Charlotte Casiraghi from December 2011 until June 2015. Their son, Raphaël, was born on 17 December 2013.
Movies & TV Series
1 TV Series
4 Movies · 1 TV Series
Kev Adams & Gad Elmaleh - Kev Gad, Tout est possible
Crisis in Six Scenes
A comedy that takes place in the 1960s during turbulent times in the United States when a middle class suburban family is visited by a guest who turns their household completely upside down.
The Midnight Orchestra
After leaving Morocco amidst racial tensions spurred by the Yom Kippur war, the son of a once famous Jewish musician travels to his home country to bury his father. As he meets the members of the band...
Good Guys Go to Heaven, Bad Guys Go to Pattaya
Franky and Krimo dream of leaving the grey grime of their neighborhood behind and of traveling to the famous and diabolical Thai beach resort of Pattaya. To get there cheaply, the two friends have the...
Juste pour rire fait son show
4 Movies · 1 TV Series
The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jerry takes his comedy pals out for coffee in a selection of his classic automobiles. Larry David sums it up best when he says, 'You've finally made a show about nothing.'
The Dream Team
A former footballer living in Brittany enlists his old teammates to help the local fisherman to win some games in order to raise money and save jobs.
The head of a giant European investment bank desperately clings to power when an American hedge fund company tries to buy them out.
Happiness Never Comes Alone
Sacha is a real seducer, a man with no ties or emotional or professional. Charlotte is a modern and independent woman, but barely has time to care for their three children. While Sacha and Charlotte a...
The Adventures of Tintin
Intrepid young reporter, Tintin, and his loyal dog, Snowy, are thrust into a world of high adventure when they discover a ship carrying an explosive secret. As Tintin is drawn into a centuries-old mys...
Gad Elmaleh - La dernière de Papa est en haut
A Monster in Paris
The city of Paris, in 1910. Emile, a shy movie projectionist, and Raoul, a colourful inventor, are embarking on a hunt for a monster that is frightening citizens. They joined forces with the big-heart...
Midnight in Paris
A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better....
Caught by tabloid paparazzi with his mistress Elena, a famous and beautiful fashion model, billionaire Pierre Levasseur tries to avoid a divorce by inventing a preposterous lie. He uses the presence o...
A beautiful young gold-digger mistakes a lowly hotel clerk as a rich and worthwhile catch.
Gad Elmaleh - Décalages au Palais des Glaces
Décalages, the title of his first one man show . He traces his career from the start in Morocco , via Montreal and ending in France. Many characters like the grandfather or Abderhazak Baba Yehya El M...
Halvard Sanz believes in the principle according to which we always meet people who really interest us twice. It’s written in the tables of how the world works, right next to the law of series and the...
Gad Elmaleh - La vie normale
La Vie normale est un spectacle de Gad Elmaleh sorti en 2001 où sont dépeints les caractères de plusieurs personnages et où il joue son propre rôle.
People in Swimsuits Aren't (Necessarily) Shallow
A week on St-Martin with vacationing Parisians. Camille surprises her lover Philippe, who's with his wife and children. Lonely Laurette, a secretary, hopes to meet a man. Aziz brings his enthusiastic ...
Would I Lie to You? 2
Vansan is 30 years old, but he never learned to make decisions. Whatever it is. Should he marry his girlfriend, should he start a business with his friend, what color should he buy shoes for? Life for...
Jamel Debbouze - Le très très bien de Jamel
On fait comme on a dit
One fine day, at about 10 am, in a suburban house, three men, in their thirties are waiting for a fourth buddy. When he arrives, they plan to hold up the local bank where Séverine, their accomplice, i...
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Train of Life
In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organized a fake deportation train so that they could escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine.
Man Is a Woman
Simon Eskenazy is a gay Parisian clarinet player who lives his single life to the fullest. One day, he receives a very tempting offer from his homophobic uncle, looking to continue the family legacy –...
Gad Elmaleh - Décalages
Décalages, c'est le titre de son premier one man show. Il retrace son parcours depuis le départ du Maroc, en passant par Montréal et finissant en France où il se forme au cours Florent.
An Ashkenazi princess is being courted by a Tunisian-Jewish businessman. David's father learns of the death of a peasant who hid David and his cousin Nathan from the Nazis. Nathan now sells diamonds o...
Long Live the Republic
A group of young unemployed people in France decided to start a political party.
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