(In addition to emojis and English, he speaks French, Moroccan Arabic, and Hebrew.) of Paris with him, which I’ve done, is a laborious task due to all the selfie-seekers.
In 2007, he sold out seven consecutive weeks at the iconic L’Olympia theater in Paris, a new record. Stand-up is relatively new to Parisians—and still nonexistent in Casablanca.
The majority of conversations that Gad Elmaleh—the French-Moroccan comedian who is often referred to as “the Jerry Seinfeld of France”—has with New Yorkers tend to be about the pronunciation of his first name.
It’s pronounced “Gawd,” the way some girls from Long Island say “Ohmigawd!
Il commence 2007 avec un petit rôle dans la comédie chorale The Ten, de David Wain ; puis en jouant les meilleurs amis dans la comédie romantique Watching the Detectives, portée par le tandem Cillian Murphy/Lucy Liu ; enfin en évoluant dans le casting hollywoodien de Meet Bill.
“I promise I joined that dating app only to learn English,” he deadpans, ordering his go-to cocktail—a Bellini with ice. ’ and then put the emojis of the Spanish dancer, handbag, plane, firecracker, monkey covering his face, champagne, and an eggplant.
He has a three-year-old son, Raphaël, with Charlotte Casiraghi, the granddaughter of Princess Grace (née Kelly) of Monaco, but since they broke up last year, he’s been intrigued by the habits of the city’s single women. I didn’t know what to do”—so he responded with the ambulance emoji.
Stern of Endgame Entertainment, while being financed by Endgame and Protagonist Pictures.
“I couldn’t be happier to be working with Charlie,” said Stern.
So my asking him to sit down and tell me his life story—born in Casablanca, went to high school in Quebec, moved to Paris when he was kicked out of college—is annoying: “If this was an interview somewhere else, I’d say, C’mon, you know all this. I love being anonymous, being in a place where no one cares.” He likes to make surprise visits to the Comedy Cellar on Macdougal Street, where he’s paid 0 (in sweaty bills) and the M. The moment Elmaleh knew he wanted to be a performer was when his father, who was a mime (“that’s not a joke”), took him to see Charlie Chaplin in .