French comedy legend Gad Elmaleh heads to Netflix
James R | On 18, Nov 2016
French comedy legend Gad Elmaleh is coming to Netflix.
Branded as France’s answer to Jerry Seinfeld, Elmaleh really was in 2007, when he dubbed the French vocals for the US comedian’s lead character in Bee Movie. A few years later, they reunited up for an episode of Seinfeld’s web series, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.
Elmaleh, though, doesn’t need bees or coffee to generate a buzz. The Moroccan-born comedian has become a household name in France, where he is famous for his big screen career, as well as his stand-up. His feature film work includes 1998’z Train Of Life, Priceless with Audrey Tautou, Francis Veber’s The Valet, and 2009’s Coco, which he directed. International audiences, meanwhile, may recognise him from Spielberg’s The Adventures Of Tintin, Midnight In Paris or Adam Sandler’s Jack And Jill – or from his appearances in America’s talk show circuit earlier this year.
Now, he’s heading to Netflix – not once, but twice. His newest special, Gad Gone Wild, will be released on the site worldwide on Friday 24th January. The one-man show sees him use his personal experiences as a Frenchman in the US to highlight cultural differences between New York and LA and his home, performing in English, French and Arab. He will then release an English-language special exclusively on Netflix later in 2017.
“For a long time I’ve seen my favorite humorists on Netflix. Today this is a true honor to know that I’ll soon be among them. Netflix’s vision totally fits with mine when it comes to humor and creation crossing borders,” he comments.