"I didn't see myself as funny at all." If it weren't for his chance meeting with Ramzy Bedia, Éric Judor might still be working for Bouygues Offshore. "I organized the schedule of the engineers who left on oil barges," he recalls without an ounce of nostalgia. Before becoming a master of Excel spreadsheets, he spent a long time searching for his way. With a master's degree in his pocket, he lived in Melbourne, Florida for a year and a half with the goal of becoming a professional tennis player. "I had everything: the outfit, the racquet, all I lacked was talent," he said. " Bilingual, he has been a tour guide in Canada and the United States.
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But one evening in 1994, at the age of 26, it was the flash! In a bar, he is obsessed with the "astonishing" physique of the man who would become his sidekick. "He was extremely thin, he had a nice angular face, nice brown hair, a small, thin goatee." Without really explaining it to himself, even today, he decides to approach it by winnowing it. "His response was a flurry. He sent me 200 valves in three minutes and it made me cry with laughter! " he recalls. The duo Éric and Ramzy was born.
"I think that as I get older, I like the absurd more"
The two comedians made a name for themselves on Fun Radio and then achieved success thanks to "Mots d'Éric et Ramzy" on M6 and H, the Canal+ sitcom. For four years, Éric Judor took on the role of the moron on duty. A humour that made him famous (La Tour Montparnasse infernale, Double zéro, Les Daltons) but from which he detached himself over the years. "Before, I was the fool who goes through all situations like a 4-year-old. Today, I'm doing other readings and I'm more in control. I think that as I get older, I like the absurd more," he adds before citing his roles in Only Two, Problemos and Plane Tree, a series he created.
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The actor, a fan of Steve Martin and Chevy Chase, is currently co-starring in A Stunning Christmas with Ragnar Le Breton, Lison Daniel, Alex Lutz, François Vincentelli and Monsieur Octopus. He plays Richard Silestone, a cake dad, a hero who is not very smart, again, who finds himself in the body of a police officer and will have to dismantle a dangerous drug network. A role with a wig and mustache. "Which I never do," he says. However, the strict father of five didn't hesitate long before saying yes to director Arthur Sanigou. "It was pretty obvious compared to the absurd," he says. I feel like Ned Flanders from The Simpsons! »
"Star Ac'" of laughter
Although Éric Judor and Ramzy Bedia separated in 2001 and have multiplied their solo projects, the duo has remained very close and reunited in 2022 in "LOL: qui rit sort!". Last spring, they were at the Cannes Film Festival for some wacky interviews posted on TikTok. "It was a hit. There were nearly 1 million subscribers in the space of a month. We laughed a lot. And it reminded both of us that we actually got along well, that we were still complicit. So, we asked ourselves what we could do together and we thought about things with Amazon," he explains. Thus, in 2024, the duo will go in search of new talents in "Comedy Class", a "Star Ac'" of laughter.
Prime Video, Disney+ (Family Weekend), Netflix (En place), the actor, who is still working on the adaptation of Zorro with Laurent Lafitte in the lead role, seems to be enjoying himself on the platforms. Never mind the criticism of Blanche Gardin, who slammed the participants of "LOL: qui rit sort!". "I don't care what she said," he brushes it off, judging the controversy to be a "... absurd.