French comedian Gad Elmaleh teams up Netflix for new series
James R | On 13, Nov 2017
French comedian Gad Elmaleh is going international, with his first Netflix now in the works and an English-language special also on the way.
Branded as France’s answer to Jerry Seinfeld, Elmaleh is no stranger to the streaming giant, with two stand-up specials already available on Netflix worldwide. Now, the streaming giant is doubling down on their relationship with a further two projects.
Huge in France will be co-created, executive produced by and will star Gad Elmaleh, with showrunners Jarrad Paul and Andy Mogel (The D-Train, The Grinder) also serving as co-creators and executive producers. The eight-episode series is inspired by Gad’s own life and career, and follows his move from France to the United States.
A hugely famous comedian in France, the show sees Gad decide to leave it all behind and move to Los Angeles in an attempt to reconnect with his estranged, comedy hating, 16-year-old male model son. Sadly, he’ll have to do it without a single celebrity perk.
The half-hour comedy series will be followed by Gad’s brand new English language stand-up special next year. Gad is now touring the US with the act, which will be recorded for the streaming platform.
“I’m so happy and inspired by this opportunity and could not feel more proud to be part of the Netflix family,” he says. “This project is incredibly personal to me but more importantly it has such a universal theme that I can’t wait to share with the world. Let’s be real, getting my own series and a second stand-up special is really the only way I can stay in the U.S legally.”
“We are thrilled to be working with the incredibly talented comedian and humorist Gad Elmaleh on his first English-language series. Gad is a renowned French comedy star whose humor, charisma, and talent will continue to cross borders and resonate with audiences around the world,” comments Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix. “With this new series, Gad and showrunners Jarrad Paul and Andy Mogel are creating a unique half-hour comedy series that will provide a lot of laughs in any language.”