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Volcanic smash: meet Ari Eldjárn, Iceland’s hottest comic

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The former flight attendant started standup as a dare – now he’s a sellout star. But how will his Nordic innuendos work in England?This winter, comedian Ari Eldjárn will play to thousands of people in his home town of Reykjavík. Seventeen shows in nine days in a 1,000-seat venue. It’s an annual tradition for the Icelandic standup, whose easygoing tales and punchy jokes have made him the biggest comedian in the country. But when he performed his first shows in English – two years ago at the Edinburgh fringe – he was delighted when 40 people showed up. “I had no PR, no agent,” says Eldjárn. “I didn’t know whether that was a good crowd or not. It turns out, in Edinburgh, that’s a very decent amount!”A former flight attendant, Eldjárn started standup a decade ago “as a dare”. Two of his friends gave comedy a shot and, at their second gig, invited their pal to perform too. “There was a huge appetite for comedy in Iceland at the time,” explains the 38-year-old. “I think it had something to do with the fact that the country almost went bankrupt the year before.” Eldjárn soon quit his job as a copywriter to become a full-time comedian with his friends. “We formed a group, and we’ve performed 500 times since then, selling a combined total of 90,000 tickets in 10 years.” For a country with a population of 360,000, that’s mightily impressive. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/sep/30/reykjavik-standup-ari-eldjarn-icelander-comedy-london

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Publish date : 2019-09-30 18:33:52

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