Gaillard in 2011
|Born||February 7, 1975|
|Home town||Montpellier, France|
|Web alias(es)||Rémi Gaillard|
|Web hosting service(s)||YouTube|
Rémi Gaillard (born 7 February 1975 in Montpellier, France) is a French humorist who uploads videos on YouTube. After losing his job at a shoe store, Rémi began to use his free time to have fun and run pranks on the public. As of March 2012[update], he is the seventeenth most subscribed comedian on YouTube.
Gaillard gained attention in the French media after performing a series of well-documented pranks, including an appearance disguised as a Lorient football player in the 2002 Coupe de France final match, during which he took part in the winners' celebrations and was greeted by the then president of the French Republic, Jacques Chirac. He plays football and has posted videos showing his skills, including one with Brazilian legend Ronaldo.
Rémi Gaillard became famous for his videos where he displays an "outrageous" style of humour, challenging public norms. Recurring themes include dressing up as and interpreting the behaviour of various animals in public, racing unsuspecting car-drivers whilst dressed up as Mario à la Mario Kart, and numerous provocative interactions with parking enforcement officers and the police.
Gaillard's satirical motto is C'est en faisant n'importe quoi qu'on devient n'importe qui. The exact meaning is difficult to translate into English, as it plays on a classic French proverb C'est en forgeant qu'on devient forgeron. Literally translated the proverb reads "It's by forging that one becomes a blacksmith," or more figuratively, "Practice makes perfect". In Gaillard's jeu de mots "n'importe quoi/qui" can read "no-matter what/who", or more simply "anything/anyone", such that the phrase would read It's by doing anything that one becomes anyone. However "n'importe quoi/qui" can also be used to mean "a stupid thing/person". The dual meaning lends itself towards challenging the proverb, as is Gaillard's style.
The majority of Gaillard's sketches are of the hidden camera type, often disguising himself in outlandish costumes for his pranks. In some videos, Gaillard is accompanied by a crowd of friends, giving the action a flashmob-like nature.
He gained notoriety in 2002 at the finals of the Coupe de France. Disguised as an FC Lorient player, he celebrated the team's victory with the players, shook the hand of the then French President Jacques Chirac and signed autographs, without anyone realizing that he was not a player on the team.
He achieved further YouTube notoriety through his Rocky Balboa parodies, Pac Man costume prank, Mario Kart prank, and his football videos. His recent pranks often entail dressing up in large animal costumes; including a pig, dog, cat, turtle, snail, bee, shark, kangaroo, spider, beaver, fly, gorilla, chicken, penguin, giraffe, rabbit, butterfly, bat, sheep, and a bomb.
In 2007, he gained the attention of journalists from Le Monde and made occasional television appearances.. Gaillard also appeared in Orangina, Pepsi, Durex and LG commercials.
On his official site, Gaillard claims over 1.43 billion views on his videos on the web. His YouTube channel has total video views of over a billion and his most popular youtube video, "Mario Kart", has over 52 million views.
- List of most subscribed comedians on YouTube, 13 March 2012
- Rémi Gaillard : Farce de frappe, Sabrina Champenois, écrans.fr, February 11, 2009
- "Thread: c'est en faisant n'importe quoi qu'on devient n'importe qui". Retrieved 2013-04-27.
- "N'importe quoi".
- (French) Official site of Rémi Gaillard, 6 May 2011
- YouTube - Mario Kart (Rémi GAILLARD)