Gad Elmaleh to make 2nd try at College Street Music Hall
Published 12:00 am, Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Gad Elmaleh, known as the Jerry Seinfeld of France, was all set to try New Haven pizza, and joke about such everyday American fare, in a visit to the College Street Music Hall in February. But a snowstorm in Connecticut canceled his show in the city.
Fast forward to Wednesday, when the observational comic is slated again at the College Street theater. We asked him if he’s doing a lot of social media or other media to spread his name in America.
“So I’ve been doing standup in Europe, of course, for about 25 years. And movies,” said Elmaleh in a recent phone chat. “But... this is what really interests me now is standup. I want to be a standup comedian.”
Elmaleh, who exhaustingly works on his English and jokes that will score in this country, has been seen on TBS’s “Conan,” CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” online, which he said, “really helped showcase me to the American crowd.” In 2007, Elmaleh voiced Seinfeld’s role in the French version of “Bee Movie.” (And partly due to Seinfeld, he has 7.6 million followers on Twitter.)
The Morroccan-born Frenchman’s act stemmed from a dream he had to do a stand-up show in English. In September 2015 Elmaleh did just that with “Oh My Gad,” and he set out to conquer American clubs and theaters. He’s still building a following, and weather permitting, he’ll joke about cultural differences in a culturally diverse city, one with claims on perfecting pizza and inventing the hamburger.
College Street Music Hall, 238 College St., New Haven, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., $25-$30 p.m., 203-867-2000.