ABDERRAHIM TOUNSI “ABDERRAOUF”

ABDERRAHIM TOUNSI “ABDERRAOUF”

Actor & humorist, Morocco

Citation

“In the current climate, comedy is essential for the moral well-being of humankind. […] It is an intelligent and subtle way of getting a message across, of critiquing and decoding the ills from which our society suffers.”

“I’ll carry on acting until I die. And even in the grave, I’ll carry on acting!”

Presentation

Born in 1936 in Morocco, Abderrahim Tounsi, known as Abderraouf, was the forerunner of comedic art in that country.

Fascinated by the stage, he began his acting career by forming a troupe with some friends who performed in cafés, adapting texts by Molière.

The Abderraouf persona, a burlesque simpleton, was created in 1960 and inspired by one of his classmates, and has made successive generations laugh. His shows played to packed houses, and recordings of them sold by the thousand. Abderraouf’s success then spread beyond Morocco’s borders, extending to the whole North African community abroad.

In 2011, he was named Best Moroccan Humorist of the 20th Century by the Nuits de l’Humour Arabe foundation in Antwerp.

Selected Filmography

Télévision

2007      LA BICYCLETTE DE BA LARBI (Larbi Bo Bchklit) Leïla Triki – Best Actor Carthage 2007

2008      BILA HOUDOUD Nassim Abassi

ABDERRAOUF OUUUF WATTAKAOUD ! – série TV

CALL CENTER – sitcom

& sketches – TV & cassettes audio

& captations de pièces de théâtre

Feature films

2011      MAJID Nassim Abassi

2012      LE SAC DE FARINE Khadija Leclère

2016      MON ONCLE Nassim Abassi