In France, Elmaleh is famous. Like, real-deal, no-joke famous: He sells out arenas. His breakups are covered by the tabloids. But in a serious feat of cultural (not to mention linguistic) translation, he recently made his way into the world of English-language stand-up, and now splits his time between Los Angeles and New York. He's flashier than your average American comic: when performing in France, he springs about the stage, twists his face dramatically, even pulls out a guitar. But in the US, for audiences accustomed to a schlubbier brand of informality, he’s worked to dial back the theatricality ... without abandoning it entirely.

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Nov 09, 2018 at 8:00 PM