Thursday, August 15, 2013

Meet Gad Elmaleh - French Jewish Moroccan Stand-up Comedian


Gad who? Gad Elmaleh. If you're one of our French readers, you already know him, but for most of our English speaking readers he's not very well known. Gad has been called the French Jerry Seinfeld, and in fact the two of them are friends. Most of his comedy routines are in French, and most without English subtitles.

But if you look hard enough, you'll find a few. We found one that we're sharing today. It's a parody of how French students are taught English in school. If you've studied French or Spanish or any language in school, you'll recognize the silly sounding sentences aimed at labeling the environment, e.g. "Where is the pencil? The pencil is on the table. Where is the book? The book is on the shelf."

Elmaleh gets a nod of recognition from his audience as he gives the French equivalent: "Where is Brian? Brian is in the kitchen. Where is Jenny? Jenny is in the bathroom." But it's his inflection and timing that make it funny.

Elmaleh is in the news this week because he is set to marry into the royal family. No, not that royal family. It's the royal family of Monaco. Wedding plans are in place for Elmaleh and Charlotte Casiraghi, daughter of Princess Caroline and granddaughter of Grace Kelly to tie the knot later this year.

You may have seen Elmaleh as the detective in Woody Allen's film Midnight in Paris.

Enjoy!

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