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Last week, Gad Elmaleh announced he’ll be taking a brand new stand-up show around the world. Called The Dream Tour, it includes a stop in the UK for one night only at London’s Eventim Hammersmith Apollo on 4 October 2018.
Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Gad is known for his multilingual skills. He speaks French, Arabic, Hebrew and now English – which is why The Dream Tour is literally a dream come true for him.
“Performing in English allows me to take my story and my comedy on a worldwide journey, which has been my dream since I was a kid,” says Gad.
One of France’s biggest comedy stars, three years ago he decided to move from Paris to New York City and start all over again. Gad performed in small comedy clubs – even though he’d been filling arenas in Europe – while developing new material in English.
It wasn’t long before he made a name for himself in the Big Apple. In addition to a run of 50 sold-out dates at Joe’s Pub, Gad opened for legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld during his residency at the Beacon Theatre. By 2017 Gad embarked on a multi-city run that culminated with a sold-out show at the world-famous Carnegie Hall.
Early this year he released his first English language comedy special, Gad Elmaleh: American Dream, on Netflix. It offers his hilarious take on life as a Frenchman in the US. The Dream Tour will feature some of that material along with new stuff he’s been writing about culture shock.
As well as performing live, Gad has made several memorable late-night TV talk show appearances. On The Tonight Show he taught host Jimmy Fallon how to do the Moroccan hip thrust and with Conan host Conan O’Brien he shared his confusion over English expressions like “for some reason” and “French doors”.
Overseas Gad remains the darling of French comedy. He’s not only been named a knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by France’s Minister of Culture, but he’s also sold out shows for seven straight weeks at two prestigious venues in Paris – the Olympia theater and the 3,800-seat Palais des Sports.
Plus, Gad has several film roles under his belt. You may have seen him in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris with Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams or in the romantic comedy Priceless opposite Audrey Tautou. He’s currently busy working on material for his next Netflix series, Huge in France.
Don’t miss seeing Gad Elmaleh perform live when The Dream Tour stops in London on 4 October 2018.
Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.co.uk.