Touted as the ‘Ben Stiller of France” and the “Jerry Seinfeld of French Comedy” Gad Elmaleh is arguably the biggest and most loved comedic star in France. Born in Casablanca, Morocco, he speaks Moroccan Arabic, French, English, and Hebrew.
In 2006, he was awarded the “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” by France’s Minister of Culture and was voted “The Funniest Person in France.” Shortly thereafter, he followed up with his fifth one man show “Papa est en Haut” which premiered at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal as well as to sold out audiences in Miami, Los Angeles and The Beacon Theater in New York City. In December of 2007, Gad made history when he sold out the prestigious L’Olympia (Paris’ Carnegie Hall) in Paris for seven consecutive weeks, a task never before achieved. Immediately after his stint at the Olympia, Gad performed for another seven sold out weeks at Le Palais des Sports – a 3,800 seat venue.
He hosted 3 times the “ceremonie des Cesar” (French Oscars) in 2004, 2005 and 2010. In 2008, Gad directed his first film, COCO, which he wrote and starred in. It opened #1 to audiences in France, Belgium and Switzerland. Other feature film credits include the French films “Priceless” opposite Audrey Tautou, “The Valet” and the Holocaust drama “The Roundup” opposite Jean Reno and Melanie Laurent.
Most recently, Gad starred in the Academy Award winning Woody Allen film “Midnight in Paris,” as well as the Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson film “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.”
He had the lead role in the Costa Gavras feature, “Le Capital” opposite Gabriel Byrne, the much anticipated French comedy “Les Seigneurs,” the romantic comedy “Le Bonheur n’arrive jamais seul” opposite Sophie Marceau (they were all released in 2012) as well as a lead role in Michel Gondry’s next feature “Mood Indingo,” which will be released in 2013.
He performed in NYC for 10 shows at the City Winery and 4 shows in LA at the Largo in November 2012. The new tour called Sans Tambour starts in February 2013. He sold out the Marigny Theater in Paris for 30 dates in 3 days and add 4 weeks also sold out in the Olympia in April 2014. This tour is suppose to stay at the Palais des Sports de Paris in Nov/Dec 2014 for 4 weeks. His new project “All in English” started in September 2015 sold out 10 nights at the Joe’s Pub and 16 other cities through the US, he will be on stage in the US with this show now called “Oh My Gad” from Jan till June 2016.