When they don't know you, when you don't have credits and they're thinking, 'I don't know this French guy,' your first five minutes are trying to seduce them, trying to get them on your side. And it's not easy.

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Gad Elmaleh

Gad Elmaleh

Profession: Humorist
Nationality: French

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When Americans, who have no idea who I am, laugh at my jokes, it's exactly the same if someone loves you even if you're not rich and famous.

My name, my origins, my background and my experiences are what leveraged my success. The angle of the immigrant, through which I examined the reality in France, distinguished me.

It's only fitting that a Jewish comic makes his Just for Laughs anglo debut in a church, right?

I go to New York to see live shows, not movies.

It's a time where every country and every human should be united. I mean, every country has its problems.

America is where standup comedy was born. It's the standard. So you want to go and do your job where this is the mecca of what you do.

That's only in America. We don't have French doors in France.

There were two things I used to do to seduce girls: jokes and music. Since I'm not a great pianist, jokes were my thing.

Eventually I was saying to myself, maybe it would be better, instead of trying to become an American comedian in France, to mix those two styles and those two genres. Because of course it's good to be efficient and sharp, and to have a joke every twenty seconds, but it can be a little cold and dry.

There's so many funny things to say about being with Charlotte. I've worked on a few bits about it - not to be indiscreet but because the shock of culture and values is so interesting.

Morocco is completely alive for me because I spent about a third of my life there. The first few times I went back to Casablanca, I walked through the streets and remembered how years earlier I had walked those same streets and prayed that a miracle would happen and I would leave and become famous.

I talk about my dad and the American dream, and I just want to say to Americans how fascinated we are by America. We would love Americans to look at the rest of the world that way sometimes.

I like to do comedy. It's my real passion. I want to make people laugh.

Americans don't like puns and plays on words, which is totally opposite in the comedy world to France or even Italy and Germany.