Gad Elmaleh


Ranika Cohen
Vanessa Landau
Mariu Tovar


Gad Elmaleh

Gad Elmaleh, born in Morocco and the son of a mime, began his career in Montreal where he worked in radio, television, and theater. He rose to fame in France with his autobiographical 1997 one-man show Décalages. His film career started shortly after with the film Salut Cousin by Merzack Allouache, but his second film La Vie Normale directed by Isabelle Nanty was where he truly found success in film, playing to sold-out theaters. Elmaleh’s prolific career in French film and television includes notable performances in the comedies, La Vérité si je mens 2 and Chouchou, and starring opposite Gérard Depardieu in 2004’s Olé and opposite Audrey Tautou in 2006’s Hors de Prix (Priceless). Elmaleh also played an important role in the 2010 drama, La Rafle. Elmaleh has indeed been so successful that, in 2005, 2006, and 2010, he hosted the César Awards. He received the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2006.

Gad Elmaleh came to the United States with his one-man show L’autre, c’est moi which toured internationally including in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. With this show, Elmaleh became the first francophone stand-up comedian ever to tour the United States. Soon after, he became well known to American audiences with roles in both Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin. Elmaleh appeared as a guest on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee in 2013. In 2015, Elmaleh created and performed All in English at the Joe’s Pub Theater in New York. The entire show was performed in English, which is a new accomplishment in Elmaleh’s career.


The Lycée Français de New York (LFNY) is pleased to announce its 17th annual Gala, to be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Park Avenue Armory. We are proud to honor Gad Elmaleh, a comedian and actor who has captured audiences with his creative and unique one-man shows, with the Charles de Ferry de Fontnouvelle Award.

William Faulkner once wrote, “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” The LFNY Gala 2016 theme, “Dream Big – Faites Des Rêves Immenses,” inspired by his words, celebrates the importance for our students of having bold dreams for the future and of pursuing those dreams with creativity, courage and compassion. This aim is reflected in the Lycée Français’s mission of motivating young people to realize their fullest potential, especially in the service of others.

Past LFNY Galas have brought together 1,000 guests and raised more than $2 million in a single evening. Proceeds from the Gala support the Lycée Français’s scholarship program, as well as our educational and cultural initiatives. We hope that you will join us for an evening that will celebrate the dreams of our students and our community.

The Lycée Français de New York is a non-profit, independent school founded in 1935 that welcomes over 1350 students representing 45 nationalities from pre-K through 12th grade. The school’s unique program combines the best of French and American educational principles in a curriculum which promotes bilingual fluency, cultural adaptiveness, academic excellence, personal development and global citizenship.