Rabat – It seems that prominent French Moroccan comedian, Gad Elmaleh, has been feeling nostalgic as of late.
The comedian, who is in Casablanca to shoot Karine Lemarchand’s TV series “Ambitions Intimes,” stopped by his former high school, Lycee Lyautey, on Friday, September 13.
His unexpected visit to the school gates was a welcome surprise for the students, who instantly recognized the high profile comedian. A crowd of excited teenagers soon formed around the comedian.
Elmaleh seemed to enjoy interacting with his young fans and documented the moment on Instagram.
Elmaleh was born in Casablanca to a Jewish family but attended most of high school in Quebec. The comedian attended Lycee Lyautey in Casablanca for only one year before being expelled.
Years later, after he had made his name in the entertainment industry, the school invited him back to talk to students about his success, something Elmaleh told media he finds ironic.
That makes his most recent visit back to the school his second, suggesting Elmaleh remembers his short time at the Lycee Lyautey fondly.
After completing high school, Elmaleh moved to Paris to pursue his dream of acting. The now 47-year-old comedian has performed comedy in France for over 23 years and gained wide fame there.
He was voted the “funniest person” in France, and France’s Minister of Culture named him Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. Elmaleh also became a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.