Gaillard in 2011
|Born||7 February 1975|
|Residence||Montpellier, Occitanie, France|
|Home town||Montpellier, Occitanie, 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, Rémi began to use his free time to run pranks on the public. As of January 2017[update], his channel is the twenty-sixth most subscribed comedy channel on YouTube.
Gaillard gained attention in the French media after performing a series of 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 footballer Ronaldo.
Rémi Gaillard became known for his videos, in which he displays an "outrageous" style of humour. 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 literal meaning is, "It is by doing anything that we become anybody". The understood meaning is, "It is in doing whatever that we can become whomever" satirical because "doing whatever" implies goofing off but "becoming whomever" 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 working as a blacksmith 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 kangaroo and a bat. He has also dressed up as a bomb, a Traffic enforcement camera, and staying locked in an animal cage for 87 hours to raise funds for animal shelters.
On his official site, Gaillard claims over 2.5 billion views on his videos on the web. His YouTube channel has 1.5 billion total views and his most popular YouTube video, "Kangaroo", has 72 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.
- "YouTube Top 100 Most Subscribed Comedy Channels List - Top by Subscribers". vidstatsx.com. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
- Rémi Gaillard : Farce de frappe, Sabrina Champenois, écrans.fr, February 11, 2009
- (French) Official site of Rémi Gaillard, 6 May 2011
- on YouTube