France’s answer to Jerry Seinfeld, Gad Elmaleh, is getting a double showcase on Netflix. His latest one-man show, Gad Gone Wild, will be available for subscribers globally beginning January 24. That one is mostly in French, and will be followed by an English-language special exclusively for Netflix later in 2017.
The Moroccan-born Elmaleh is a household name in France, known equally for his stand-up and feature film work. His credits include 1998’s Train Of Life; smash comedy sequel Would I Lie To You? 2; Priceless with Audrey Tautou; Francis Veber’s The Valet; and Coco which he also directed in 2009. U.S. credits include Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures Of Tintin; Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris and Adam Sandler’s Jack And Jill.
He first met Seinfeld after voicing the actor’s lead character in the French version of Bee Movie. A few years later, the duo teamed up for an episode of Seinfeld’s Crackle shorts Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. Elmaleh made the U.S. talk show rounds earlier this year including stops on Late Night With Seth Meyers and Conan (see video below).
In Gad Gone Wild, Elmaleh uses personal experiences as a Frenchman in the U.S. to highlight cultural differences with his very singular humor. Built upon the jokes that made him famous when he started to perform overseas, Gad mixes English, French and Arab, talking about absurd situations he experiences in his daily life in New York and Los Angeles.
Says Elmaleh, “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.”
Here’s Elmaleh on Conan: