Just for a laugh | Ronny Chieng, young older brother of Rachid Badouri

One, a child from Laval of Moroccan parents, is one of the most recognizable faces of Quebec humor. The other, a Malaysian of Chinese descent who grew up in Singapore and the United States, is part of the Daily show, legendary satirical newsletter. Rachid Badouri and Ronny Chieng talk about their friendship, which was born behind the scenes at Just For Laughs, where they will meet on Sunday night.

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Rachid Badouri first appeared in the cast of in 2015ethnic show, an annual showcase that brings together some of the brightest pranksters from cultural communities around the world. Other names on the awning are: Ronny Chieng, then living in Australia and not yet the star he became thanks to Daily show by Trevor Noah, where he is a correspondent, as well as thanks to his shows powered by the powerful Netflix engine.

The comedian, who now lives in the United States, recalls with all the gratitude in the world the welcome he received from his colleague from Quebec, a host who obviously does not do things by halves. “There’s a lot of camaraderie between comedians in the United States, but it’s still a bit more businesslike. We show up at the show, we go, we do our little business,” Chieng explained during a three-way video call this week while at the studios Daily show in New York and granted The press and to his friend about twenty minutes thanks to a pause between two shoots.

I don’t know if it’s Moroccan or Quebecois but Rachid went above and beyond to make sure we had a good time. Rachid is a star in Quebec, but he never let us know that. You didn’t realize it until you walked down the street with him.

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Ronny Chieng in front of his friend Rachid

But what does it mean for Rachid Badouri to be hospitable? This means that in 2015 he had hats made for all his comrades, engraved with a memorable line from a Chieng number. That he opened a pizzeria in Ahuntsic one Sunday so the gang could celebrate the end of the festival there. And that all these beautiful people were transported in luxury SUVs from the city center to the restaurant and then from the restaurant to the hotel.

Ronny laughs while Rachid blushes. “With Rachid you quickly learn that it is impossible to be as generous to him as he is to you. It’s impossible to win. »

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“It also has to be said that we hit it off right away because we were the only two in the gang who were married or engaged,” emphasizes Rachid. Ronny adds, mocking his host country: “It’s odd, but if you’re in a group that’s mostly American, the non-Americans tend to get along better. »

Although Chieng, 36, is his junior, Badouri, 45, considers him a big brother. “Ronny is not only a great listener, he always remembers what you said to him. And he gives the best advice in the world. »

When he tried to make adjustments to his style, he went after one stand up Purer and less reliant on the physical comedy that made its mark on his first two shows, Rachid is so gently tidied up.

I remember we were in the restaurant and Ronny was like, ‘Do you want me to tie your hands, put a balaclava on you like Kanye, put you on stage and tell people you can’t move? Who exactly are you trying to impress?

Rachid Baduri

“What I wanted to tell him is that he shouldn’t turn his nose up at his talent,” Ronny clarifies. He can voice his opinions on stage, but he should use his natural talent as a performer to get them across. He shouldn’t try to be someone else. I’ve already seen him at a gala in French in Montreux, and even though I don’t speak French at all, I understood everything he said. Rachid plays at this level. »

After 2015, Rachid Badouri had to give up the Seinfeld language to fulfill commissions in Europe. He rejoined earlier this year in hopes of being drafted for his pal’s Just For Laughs gala, a delight he will taste on Sunday after several months of showing off new material comedy clubs from Montreal.

“In 2015 I started a fire which I then put out myself. But I want it to be a forest fire,” he confides about a potential career in English.

“Everything in the world of humor happens in Montreal during the two weeks of Just For Laughs,” says Ronny. But there are so many Americans that it’s like some comedians have forgotten that Quebec isn’t an American state. Thanks to Rachid, Ronny really knows Quebec.

The Ronny Chieng Gala will be presented on July 31st at the Théâtre Maisonneuve.

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