Gad Elmaleh was born on the 19th April 1971 and born in Casablanca, Morocco. He was brought up in a mixed cultural background, speaking Moroccan Arabic, and French. He studied political science in Montreal for four years, then moved to Paris to study drama. His first one-man show Décalages, performed at the "Palais des glaces" in 1995, was autobiographical.
In January 2007 he was elected as the funniest person in france.