THE GREAT NORWEGIAN COMEDY FESTIVAL
The Great Norwegian Comedy Festival is a yearly humour-festival, where one can experience everything from raunchy stand-up, to the more traditional cabaret, impromtu dubbing, and improv!
The Great Norwegian Comedy Festival was in it’s time founded by the local comedy legends Terje Vallestad, Rolf Norås, Steinar Lyse, Svein Erik Reienes og Per Inge Torkelsen April 1st, 1992. The idea behind the festival was that humour is for everyone, and we all could do with some more! It was decided that the event itself would be held during the autumn, as the founders wanted both people and the city itself to «lighten up» during the darker months. Humour was to engage everybody, old as young, and throughout the festival’s history, shows and events have been held in retirementhomes, kindergardens, at the local town square, and even in churches!
To say that The Great Norwegian Comedy Festival grew big in a very short time is no exaggeration. The festival engaged the local businesses, artists were pounding at the doors, and city life was booming in little ol’ Stavanger. Since then, has the festival broadened it’s horizon – shows and events are held at Sandens Brygge, Gaffel og Karaffel, Tou Scene, Folken and lots of other places.
The Great Norwegian Comedy Festival is today the biggest humour-festival in Norway, as it also is the only festival for performing arts in Stavanger. It is arranges every year at the end of September and begining of October, and has hostet internastional stars like Tim Minchin, Bill Bailey, and this year, Reginald D. Hunter.
The festival’s overseer and producer is Lena Høiland Asbjørnsen, who has both an artistic and marketing background.