GAD is arguably the biggest and most loved comedic star in France. Born in Casablanca, Morocco, he speaks Moroccan Arabic, French, English, and Hebrew. GAD made history when he sold out the prestigious Olympia (Paris' Carnegie Hall) for seven consecutive weeks, a task never before achieved. Immediately after his stint at the Olympia, GAD performed for another seven sold out weeks at Palais des Sports – a 3,800 seat venue. GAD stars in more than 20 movies, including Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, and his Amazon series "Crisis in Six Scenes," as well as the Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson film The Adventures of Tintin.
He decided to move to the U.S. to put himself through a new challenge, creating this new show called "Oh My Gad" in which he gives his perspective on his new life. His stand up is based on observational comedy. Starting in September 2015, GAD sold out more than 50 nights during a residency at Joe's Pub in New York and a tour through the US. Due to his success, the show moved to a tour of larger venues in September 2016 and January 2017, leading GAD to Carnegie Hall in February 2017. The "Oh My Gad" standup special will premiere on Netflix in 2018.
GAD has been called "a dazzling protean entertainer" by the New Yorker, with The Guardian adding, "The chance to see Elmaleh spreading his wings in the U.S. is not one to be missed." He has made guest appearances on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers," Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and "Nightly Show," and was featured on Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." He has also been heard on such radio shows as "This American Life," PRI's "The World" and WNYC's Brian Lehrer, along with profiles in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and the New Yorker.