Rémi Gaillard 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 March 2012, he is the seventeenth most subscribed comedian 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 anyone”. The understood meaning is, “It is in doing whatever that we can become whoever” satirical because “doing whatever” implies goofing off but “becoming whoever” 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.”