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Gad Elmaleh Takes America

Unless you're a French speaker, odds are very low that you have heard Gad Elmaleh’s standup. However, he is very well known among at least five million French speakers worldwide. He has hosted the Ceremonies de Cesar (France’s Academy Awards) [...]

By Philip Stamato

An English Comedian in Paris

I do standup because I love comedy. Yes, I enjoy making people laugh and nothing beats the rush of being on stage in front of a great audience, however the real reason that I do comedy is just that it interests me so much, I’m willing to do [...]

By Henry Dean

Coluche: The Tragic Arc of France’s Boundary-Pushing Comic Conscience

C'est moche, c'est sale, c'est dans le vent: it’s ugly, it’s dirty, it’s going to happen. It’s difficult for me to stand by this translation because I don’t speak a lick of French. So I just have to trust that it properly conveys the spirit of [...]

By Laura Turner Garrison

The French: Truly Our Intellectual Superiors

Hot Rod, the recent stinker from Andy Samberg, is a flop, domestically having grossed just $13.5 million since its August 3 release. But overseas it did even worse, pulling in just $636 in France.