Ari is Iceland’s biggest comedian. Born and raised in Reykjavík, he has done numerous TV specials, sold out the National Theater for months on end, mixed comedy and classical music with the Icelandic National Symphony and performed with comedians such as Ari Shaffir, Bill Burr and Ed Byrne.
“Pardon my Icelandic” is his debut solo show in English and explored subjects including fatherhood, working as a flight attendant and living in a country with a population the size of Coventry. The show received rave reviews and was sold out for its entire run at the Edinburgh Fringe, London Soho Theatre and Melbourne Comedy Festival. Netflix is now streaming the show after being recorded live at the National Theatre of Iceland, making Ari the first Icelandic comedian to have a Netflix Comedy Special.
Ari has appeared on Mock The Week (BBC Two) and taken part on a host of BBC Radio Comedy Programmes, including The Arts Hour on Tour (BBC World Service), Scotland Vs.The World (BBC Radio 4) The Today Programme (BBC Radio 4) and an episode of Welcome To Wherever You Are (BBC Radio 4).
Eldjárn first performed stand-up in 2009, he had recorded his first comedy album by the end of that year. By early 2010 he was in such demand that he quit his day job to become a full time comedian going on to tour extensively across Scandinavia. Ari has written on the popular Icelandic New Year sketch show Áramótaskaup, performed stand up on Icelandic chat show Hringekjan, filmed his own stand up special for RUV and written and starred in sketch show Drekasvæðið (RUV). He also performs with comedy group Mið-Ísland who have written and starred in their own sketch show for Stöð 2 (Channel 2) and sold over 65,000 tickets.
“A smart, savvy comedian with a hugely assured set” – Chortle
“Smart, joke-packed hour” Top Comedy Pick – Time Out
“Hilarious… This modest-seeming man has some impressive comic tricks up his sleeves” – The Scotsman
“Ari Eldjárn is definitely a name to keep an eye on.” – The List
“Eldjárn is funny, quick-witted, incredibly expressive … He is already a household name in Iceland, it won’t be long before he is one in the UK” – EdFestMag
“Very talented comic. An Icelandic treat” – Jim Gaffigan