Gaillard in 2011
|Born||7 February 1975|
|Home town||Montpellier, France|
|Web alias(es)||Rémi Gaillard|
|Web hosting service(s)||YouTube, Dailymotion|
Rémi Gaillard (born 7 February 1975 in Montpellier, France) is a French prankster who uploads videos on YouTube. After losing his job at a shoe store, (caught stealing a pair of Nike shoes) 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 soccer 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, "It is by doing anything that we become anyone". The understood meaning is, "It is in doing whatever that we can become whatever" satirical because "doing whatever" implies goofing off but becoming whatever implies greatness. 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."
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 fame in 2002 at the finals of the Coupe de France.
He achieved further YouTube popularity through his Rocky Balboa parodies, Pac Man, Mario Kart and Santa Claus pranks, as well as 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, pigeon, rabbit, butterfly, bat, and a sheep. He has also dressed up as a bomb and a speed enforcement camera box.
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, "Kangaroo", has over 60 million views.
Gaillard starred in his first full-length feature film titled N'importe qui. It is directed by Raphaël Frydman and was released on March 5, 2014, in France.