Published On: Sun, Feb 28th, 2016

The ‘French Jerry Seinfeld’ sets himself up for big things in the U.S. with ‘Oh My Gad’

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For French-Moroccan comedian Gad Elmaleh, who once sold out the 3, 800-seat Palais des Sports in Paris for seven weeks running, performing his show “Oh My Gad” at Joe’s Pub, a club roughly the size of a kindergarten classroom, has been a rather dramatic change of pace.

But his six-month residency at the cozy venue is all part of Elmaleh’s ambitious attempt to become a crossover comedy star. He comes to Largo in West Hollywood for three sold-out shows beginning Feb. 29.

The 44-year-old comedian is explaining what motivated him to seek a career in the U.S. when he suddenly conjures a quintessentially French metaphor: “America is my mistress, ” he says, whipping out his iPhone to jot down the idea. “France is the wife, you know, the kids. We’re not breaking up. I’m gonna come back. I just need to go and challenge myself.”

Elmaleh is often described as “the French Jerry Seinfeld, ” and though he brushes off the comparison, it seems apt. The comedians have been friends since 2007, when Elmaleh voiced Seinfeld’s character in the French version of “Bee Movie.” He also tagged along for a ride in a 1950 Citroen for Seinfeld’s Web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Seinfeld even made a surprise appearance as Elmaleh’s opening act at Joe’s Pub this month.

 

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