Kev Adams

Kev Adams or Kev' Adams (born Kevin Smadja; 1 July 1991) is a French comedian, actor, humorist, screenwriter and film producer.[1]

Kev Adams
Adams at Cannes Film Festival, 2016
Kévin Smadja

(1991-07-01) 1 July 1991
OccupationComedian, Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer

Early life

Adams was born in 1991 in the 16th district of Paris. His father is a real estate agent of Algerian Jewish descent and his mother, of Tunisian Jewish descent, works in finance. He has two younger brothers, Noam and Lirone. He began taking theater classes at the age of seven.[2][3] In 2009, Adams completed his French Baccalaureate in literature, and enrolled in law at the University of Paris X-Nanterre while simultaneously pursuing his acting career. He claimed that it was, "extremely difficult, nearly impossible, to balance both."[4]


In 2009, Adams was spotted by Elisa Soussan, Anne Roumanoff's producer, who invited him to perform at her Carte Blanche show at the Olympia (Paris). This stage performance was broadcast on Paris Première. Following this event, Adams was offered to be the opening act of a Gad Elmaleh show at the Palais des Sports.[5] His first one-man show, The Young Man Show, first ran in Paris in 2009 at the Théâtre Le Temple and then continued at the Palais des Glaces before touring France.[6][7] The tour ended in Switzerland on July 22, 2012, during the Paléo Festival de Nyon.[8] He then performed a show called Test… Voilà, Voilà![9] at the Bataclan from November 27 to December 31, 2013.

As of May 2014, Adams has more than 3 million fans on Facebook and more than 1 million followers on Twitter and in 2017 more 4 million followers on instagram.

From September 2010 to February 2011, Adams was a contestant on the TV program On n'demande qu'à en rire ("We just want to laugh at it", literally "We ask only to laugh at it") hosted by Laurent Ruquier. He left the show voluntarily to dedicate himself to the Soda television series, in which he plays a major role.[10] Soda depicts the daily life of three boys and includes guest stars such as La Fouine and Amel Bent. Since the summer of 2011, the series has been broadcast on M6,[11] and on W9 in 2012.[12] Season three close the series in 2015.

The same year he has his biggest box office successes with Serial Teachers, as the almost-school dropout and his adventures with the worst teachers of France, and The New Adventures of Aladdin, as one of the thieves caught by the children in the midst of a robbery on Christmas Eve.


Year Title Role Director Notes
2000 Cours toujours Young Paco Dante Desarthe
2008 LOL (Laughing Out Loud) Extra Lisa Azuelos
2011 The Day I Saw Your Heart A comedian Jennifer Devoldère
2011-15 Soda Adam Jean Michel Bensoussan & Nath Dumont TV Series (692 Episodes)
2012 The Lorax Ted Wiggins (voice) Chris Renaud French dub
2013 The Croods Guy (voice) Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco French dub
Serial Teachers Thierry Boulard Pierre-François Martin-Laval
Kidon Facebook Emmanuel Naccache
C'est la crise David Freymond TV Series (1 Episode)
2014 Fiston Alex Pascal Bourdiaux
Soda : Un trop long week-end Adam Jean Michel Bensoussan (2) TV Movie
2015 Serial Teachers 2 Thierry Boulard Pierre-François Martin-Laval (2)
The New Adventures of Aladdin Aladin / Sam Arthur Benzaquen
Soda : le rêve américain Adam Nath Dumont (2) TV Movie
2016 Amis publics Léo Perez Edouard Pluvieux
Finding Dory Bailey (voice) Andrew Stanton French dub
2017 Un sac de billes Ferdinand Christian Duguay
Gangsterdam Ruben Jablonski Romain Lévy
Rock'n Roll Himself Guillaume Canet
Coup de foudre The Man Guy Lecluyse Short
Tout la haut Scott Serge Hazanavicius
Drôles de petites bêtes Loulou Le Pou (voice) Antoon Krings and Arnaud Bouron
2018 The Spy Who Dumped Me Bitteauto Driver Lukas Susanna Fogel First U.S. film role
Alad'2 Aladin / Sam Lionel Steketee Sequel The New Adventures of Aladdin
2019 The Addams Family Gomez Addams (voice) Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan French dub


Year Title Peak positions Certification Album

2015 "Le prince Aladin"
(Black M feat. Kev Adams)
3 22
"Yallah Yallah (L'arrivée d'Aladin)" 35[15]


  1. "Kev Adams fait son show au Palais des Glaces" [Kev Adams puts on his show at the Palais des Glaces] (in French). France Télévisions. 8 February 2011.
  2. "Les ados sont dingues de Kev Adams". Le Parisien. 14 December 2010.
  3. Déniel, Didier (23 May 2009). "Kev Adams". Le Télégramme (in French).
  4. "Retour en fanfare d'un Kev'Adams survolté" [Back with a bang, manic Kev Adams]. Le Télégramme (in French). 13 May 2010.
  5. Le Blevennec, Nolwenn (5 February 2011). "Kev Adams, le Gad Elmaleh des jeunes : " Tellement frais ! "[Kev Adams: Gad Elmaleh is " So cool! "]" (in French). Rue 89.
  6. Tampigny, Boris (18 November 2010). "Kev Adams : la nouvelle idole comique des ados" [Kev Adams: The new comic teen idol] (in French). Metronews.
  7. "Kev Adams est en tournée" [Kev Adams is on tour] (in French). Paperblog. 24 March 2010.
  8. "Site Officiel de Kev Adams" [Official Site of Kev Adams] (in French).
  9. "Kev' Adams : un jeune prodige de l'humour déjà adopté par Ruquier !" [Kev' Adams: a young prodigy of humour already adopted by Ruquier!] (in French). PurePeople. 4 December 2010.
  10. Rémy (24 February 2011). "Kev' Adams arrête "On n'demande qu'à en rire"" [Kev' Adams stops On n'demande qu'à en rire] (in French).
  11. "Soda : les ados et Kev Adams héros de la prochaine série d'M6 [Kev Adams hero of next M6 series Soda]". Première (in French). 14 December 2010.
  12. Othmani, Amira (9 May 2011). "Kev' Adams, héros de Soda sur M6 [Kev Adams hero of "Soda" on M6]" (in French). TV Magazine.
  13. Hung, Steffen. "Discography Kev Adams". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  14. "Kev Adams discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  15. "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP". Retrieved 2018-07-24.
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