I’m not sure how many of you out there are acquainted with the amazing hilarity that is “Ylvis”, but for those of you neophytes, I present to you, for your viewing enjoyment – “The Fox”
I first got to know Ylvis a couple of years ago, when my rad chum Adelle played me their music video for their song “Stonehenge.”
(They like to keep their titles short, and very much to the point.)
We were at work, eating lunch together. It was one of those nondescript Vancouver winter days where everything seems grim – the sky, sea, and city all somehow meld together into one grey, gargantuan mass, and everything just feels damp. We had made plans to go out for lunch, but due to an onslaught of thick fog-like rain, and the accompanying on-set of general mid-week malaise, we decided to forgo venturing outside and just ate in my office.
After we polished off our food, we puttered about online, showing each other the latest viral videos that were tickling our funny bones.
It was at this point that Adelle turned to me and asked, “Do you…do you know Ylvis?”
“EEL-VIS!?” I asked. “You meanlike Elvis!?”
Adelle burst out laughing.
She has this incredible way of going from completely expressionless to gut-busting laughter in under a second.
It really is amazing to behold.
“Yes…Ylvis…” She managed to squeak out in between laughs. “They’re a Norweigan group.”
It was my turn to laugh.
“Norwegian!? Like, Norway’s version of Elvis?!”I was trying desperately to figure out what that may both look and sound like.
Also, one thing you should all know about Adelle is that she really loves Michael Bublé, so I just assumed that whoever she was talking about was just the Scandinavian equivalent of Canada’s own lounge crooner extraordinaire.
“Not really,” she answered. “They’re more like Josh Groban. But funny.”
This I just had to see.
So together we watched Stonehenge.
And boy was she ever right.
These dudes can both carry and tune and bust a gut.
(Although I really need to specify for reasons silly enough that I’m really not that big of a fan of the J. Grobes. I think he’s a cool dude, and his Twitter feed is hilarious, but that music – phew. Not my bag AT ALL.)
Ylvis on the other hand – Ylvis I can enjoy.
Plus, now I really, really want to know: WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?