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Huge in France: Netflix orders new series and stand-up special from Gad Elmaleh

Good news for Gad Elmaleh and Gad’s fans today!

Netflix announced Elmaleh will star in an eight-episode series based on his life, career and move from France to the United States, called Huge in France, as well as a second English language stand-up special. His first comedy special in English, Gad Gone Wild, premiered on Netflix this January.

Elmaleh co-created and will executive produce Huge In France with showrunners Jarrad Paul and Andy Mogel (The D-Train, The Grinder). The series logline:

Gad is a hugely famous comedian… In France. At an emotional crossroads, he leaves it all behind and moves to Los Angeles in an attempt to reconnect with his estranged, comedy hating, 16-year-old male model son. Sadly he’ll have to do it without a single celebrity perk.

“I’m so happy and inspired by this opportunity and could not feel more proud to be part of the Netflix family,” Elmaleh said. “This project is incredibly personal to me but more importantly it has such a universal theme that I can’t wait to share with the world. Let’s be real, getting my own series and a second stand-up special is really the only way I can stay in the U.S legally.”

“We are thrilled to be working with the incredibly talented comedian and humorist Gad Elmaleh on his first English-language series. Gad is a renowned French comedy star whose humor, charisma, and talent will continue to cross borders and resonate with audiences around the world” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix. “With this new series, Gad and showrunners Jarrad Paul and Andy Mogel are creating a unique half-hour comedy series that will provide a lot of laughs in any language.”

Previously: Gad Elmaleh granted me his first major interview in English back in October 2015 for my podcast, Last Things First.


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