French Comedian Gad Elmaleh’s North American Tour Starts in August

French comedian Gad Elmaleh wants to get to know America, and he’s doing it with a multi-city tour later this year. “As a joke and as an exaggerated impression of Americans, I say ‘I need to challenge myself,’” Elmaleh said on the news. “But to be honest with you, it’s true.” Elmaleh announced today that he will tour his show Oh My Gad across the States beginning in August, but first he will open for Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon Theater in June. Here’s more from the press release:

While Elmaleh is arguably the most widely known and beloved comedian in Europe, he has now embarked on the newest chapter of his career: breaking through to the American audience. For this, he has crafted Oh My Gad, a stand-up show entirely in English, built upon the jokes that made him famous overseas and including new observations from a foreigner adapting to life in America. As he brings the show to theaters across the U.S. and Canada, he will continue the enormous task not just of speaking a new language fluently, but of using it with the timing, nuance and syntax required for great stand-up comedy.

And here’s the full list of tour dates:

June 8 New York, NY Beacon Theater *Supporting Jerry Seinfeld August 31 Boston, MA Somerville Theater September 1 Washington, DC Lincoln Theater September 3 Toronto, ONT Danforth Music Hall September 4 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall September 6 Vancouver, BC Vogue September 7 Seattle, WA Benaroya Hall September 9 Los Angeles, CA The Theatre at Ace Hotel September 10 Oakland, CA Fox Theater

Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday.

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