Top 36 Gad Elmaleh Quotes

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“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.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“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.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“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.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“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.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“In France, I’m not going to say the audience will laugh for nothing, but you could compare the response I get to the response Louis CK or Chris Rock would get if they go up in a club in Denver tonight.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“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.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“I like to do comedy. It’s my real passion. I want to make people laugh.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“Comedy in America is very serious. Either they laugh, or they don’t.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“Journalists ask me, ‘Why don’t you ever talk about sex in your performances?’ True, I don’t talk about sex – not in my personal life and not in my professional life. This is modesty.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“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.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“I don’t feel any need to play the role of the clown. In my private life I take a break from humor.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“Actually, I don’t like dogs. I’m from Morocco, and people there don’t like animals.”

― Gad Elmaleh

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

― Gad Elmaleh

“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.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“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.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“It’s liberating to perform in another language. There are some subjects I would never talk about in French, where they see me as a public figure, that I talk about in English.”

― Gad Elmaleh

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

― Gad Elmaleh

“Everywhere I go in America, when they learn I’m from France, the first thing they ask me is if I’m a huge Jerry Lewis fan. I’ve never been able to figure that out.”

― Gad Elmaleh

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

― Gad Elmaleh

“I love the Comedy Cellar. The audience has no expectations because they don’t know me. It’s great. It’s only winning – if I bomb, they just say, ‘Oh, the French guy sucks.’ But if I do well, then they remember me.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“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.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“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.’”

― Gad Elmaleh

“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.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“That’s only in America. We don’t have French doors in France.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“If I were bombing with my jokes in English, I would go back to France. Maybe do that mime thing.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“In America, going on a date is really more like ‘interview night.’ You have to give your resume.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“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.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“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.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“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.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“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.”

― Gad Elmaleh

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

― Gad Elmaleh

“After New York, Chicago is my favorite city. It’s just this great mix of Europe and America. The friends I have there are smart and witty and fun.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“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.”

― Gad Elmaleh

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

― Gad Elmaleh

“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.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“I discovered that it’s not really about the language. It’s about how the words are pronounced and the delivery. We have plenty of good English-speaking comedians. It’s O.K. if I have my accent, my gestures, my way of speaking.”

― Gad Elmaleh
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