The first film to see the Palmashow comic duo on the big screen, “The Mad Story of Max and Leon” has had many distinguished guests from the French comedy scene. A choice influenced by a famous French comedy.
The Mad Story of Max and Leon: when the Palmashow revisits WWII
Created in 2002, the Palmashow really enjoyed its heyday in the early 2010s thanks to the Internet. Indeed, Grégoire Ludig and David Marsais are very quickly compared to Unknowns or Dummies for their very absurd sketches. The comic duo takes pleasure to parody public figures or even cult films. It is this type of very referential humor that catches the public eye, allowing Palmashow to launch their programs on public channels such as C8 or even TF1.
Of Very Bad Jokes To The Crazy Evening of Palmashow, Passing by Palmashow, the show, the pair is becoming essential in France. And so in 2016, they directed their first film: The crazy story of Max and Leon.
On the same principle as cult films such as The big mop, But where has the seventh company gone? or even Grandpa is resisting, the Palmashow revisits the Second World War from a comic angle. The film therefore follows Max and Leon, two good-for-nothing childhood friends who try by all means not to be drafted into the war.
Comedians in spades
For a first film such as The Mad Story of Max and Leon, Grégoire Ludig and David Marsais have been able to attract famous actors: Dominique Pinon, Bernard Farcy, Thomas VDB, Florence Foresti, Alban Lenoir, Christophe Lambert or even Simon Astier. The two men also appealed to former members of the Canal + house such as Kyan Khojandi, Baptiste Lecaplain, Jonathan Cohen, Kad Merad, Monsieur Poulpe and Sébastien Thoen. Deliberate choices on the part of the duo as well as the director of the film Jonathan Barré.
Indeed, the latter declared at the time of the film’s release:
We wanted to involve personalities in the project who are references for us in terms of humor or cinema. My inspiration in this area is clearly Asterix and Obelix: Cleopatra mission, where Alain Chabat had managed to bring together all those he loved: Jamel Debbouze, Édouard Baer, Jean-Paul Rouve, Isabelle Nanty, Marina Foïs, etc.
An unmissable reference, therefore… Note that the second Palmashow film, entitled The stars, will not see the light of day until 2022.