Comedy in America is very serious. Either they laugh, or they don't.

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Gad Elmaleh

Gad Elmaleh

Profession: Humorist
Nationality: French

Some suggestions for you :

Actually, I don't like dogs. I'm from Morocco, and people there don't like animals.

I love coming to New York. I think I'm going to come really often here. I need to - for the show, for the comedy. I want to do the shows here and have a beer and hang out with the comedians.

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

It's a good time to be here in America. You feel that people just want to be together and release the pressure and laugh.

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.

If you are not on TV, you don't really exist. I want to bring my comedy to the world and tell my story to a bigger audience.

When you succeed, at a certain point, you want to challenge yourself. Otherwise, you become boring. You become a has-been. It's not very interesting. I don't want to be this guy who has only succeeded in France. I could say, 'O.K., that's it; merci.' But I'm not interested in that.

My dream is not Hollywood, but to perform my act in English to 30 people in a Soho comedy club, to show New Yorkers what they look like from the French point of view.

I want to talk to the audience. This is what I've been doing in my work in French forever - talking about small things becoming big problems. I notice all the details, all the tiny little things.

I was in a steak house once, and someone proposed. I was so embarrassed. The woman started crying, and I thought, 'She was just proposed to in a steak house - I'd be crying, too.'

I did movies because I was flattered and for money and because I wanted to kiss Sophie Marceau.

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.

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.

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