Let me introduce you to one of the most famous French comedian there is to know :
Biography and Filmography
Elmaleh was born in Casablanca, Morocco on April 19, 1971. He was brought up in a culturally diverse environment, speaking Moroccan Arabic, Hebrew, English and French. He studied for a few years in Morocco at Lycée Lyautey in Casablanca before he studied political science at McGill University in Montreal for four years, then moved to Paris to study drama.
His first one-man show Décalages, performed at the "Palais des glaces" in 1997, was autobiographical .
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.
His fame further increased with the success of his second one-man show, La Vie Normale, and the film La Vérité si je mens ! 2 (2000) in which he played the role of "Dov", the seducer. The character of "Chouchou" in La Vie Normale was reproduced in the comedy Chouchou (2002). He then did his debut as a singer in "it's kiz my life", a popular song in a non-existing language.
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 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 Hors de prix (English title "Priceless"), by Pierre Salvadori.
On July 15, 2007, Elmaleh premiered his latest show, Papa est en haut. He also played the voice of Barry B. Benson in the French version of the 2007 film Bee Movie,Drôle d’Abeille.
In 2009, he released the film, Coco, which he directed, wrote and starred in.
In 2010 he appeared in a dramatic role in Roselyne Bosch's The Round Up.
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 was directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson. 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.
His latest show is called Sans Tambour (Drumless, which is a pun in French, on the words 'tabou' and 'tambour').
Gad in the U.S.
The Moroccan-born Frenchman has recently stepped away from a very successful career as one of France's foremost stand-ups to start anew in the United States — performing in a language that he is still learning. Elmaleh recently mentioned on the radio that he takes several hours of English lessons a week to improve his grammar and pronunciation. Naturally, he's trying out this green material in smaller venues around the country, where his hilarious debut English show, Oh My Gad, is set to play through June.
I cannot attest to the strength of his English act, but if it is anything like his French act, he will definitely become a big star in the U.S.
As a French representative, he does not hesitate to help the American understand the French culture and language 😉 :
The French Joke: “Where is Brian?”
The result of his wildly successful stand-up show is now a common joke among French people. “Where is Brian?” leads almost immediately to the response, “Bryan is in the kitchen.” La blague (the joke) comes from the famous comedian, Gad Elmaleh, and the joke plays on the teaching method used in French schools for learning English throughout the 80's and into the 90's.
If you can learn this simple 'blague', your French friends will be surprised that you know la 'blague' and feel more comfortable sharing French culture with you.
Having a good private joke (inside joke) is a great way to open the door to a new culture. For many learners humour isn't always the easiest thing to understand in a new language, and can be a rather large cultural hurdle. So next time you meet with your French friends, try asking them: “Where is Brian?” ;-)
You can also watch some more Gad Elmaleh's sketch on Youtube and improve your listening skill.
We wish Gad all the best in his future endeavour!
Source: Wikipedia and Youtube.