OMG, the second annual Reykjavík Comedy Festival is about to HIT THE FAN, with the opening ceremonies starting at 20:00 tomorrow at Harpa.
Hosted by Sena, this year features big names in comedy from around the globe, but the real surprise treats of the festival are the locals. Stand up comedy is having a bit of a boom here in Reykjavík with multiple shows taking place each week. Icelandic amateur comedians appear to be doubling in numbers every month–performing in both Icelandic and English.
Nadia Semichat, a founding member of the Icelandic stand up scene and belly dancer, will be opening for Ben Kronberg (HBO, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central) and Dagfinn Lyngbo (Norway’s most popular comedian!) in Harpa on October 24 at 22:30.
Bylgja Babýlons, local actress, comedian and beauty tip queen just returned from doing shows in Estonia and the UK, will be opening for Daniel Sloss (Conan O’Brien , Craig Ferguson, Edinburg Fringe Festival) in The National Theatre Cellar (home of Mið-Ísland) on October 25 at 21:30.
Hugleikur Dagsson, local comedian, comic artist, and king-of-the-nerds, will be opening for Doug Stanhope (Too many credits to list, last time Stanhope was in Iceland he performed in the prison, “…might be the most important stand up working today.”–Ricky Gervais) in Háskólabíó on October 30 at 20:00.
The opening ceremonies on October 23 is followed by an open mic featuring local amateurs.
Gabriel Iglesias will be performing on October 25 in Harpa at 19:30.
Comedy Legend Dylan Moran’s show at Harpa is Sold Out on October 24.