Introducing YLVIS. The Norwegian comedy duo behind the YouTube sensation “What Does the Fox Say?”
Brothers Vegard and Bård Ylvisåker created the video for season 3 of their popular television series “I Kveld Med Ylvis” or “Tonight with Ylvis” on Norway’s TV Norge, which airs twice a week, entertaining Norwegian audiences with their blend of comedy, talk and music.
“The Fox” was uploaded to YouTube on September 3 to promote the show’s season premiere and quickly became a viral hit, surpassing 20 million views in just one week. Approximately a month later, it cleared 100 million, and crossed 200 million a month later. The single has spent eight weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart (six of them in the Top Ten) and has been a fixture atop the iTunes singles charts.
The brothers were embraced stateside with their US TV debut on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” a performance at the star-studded “I Heart Radio” Festival in Las Vegas, sharing the bill with heavy hitters like Sir Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake and Drake as well as live performances on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and a live-on-the-plaza performance at NBC’s “Today” show.
Currently, the brothers have more videos online from their show – many of them in English and all of them hilarious. Some gaining traction include “Stonehenge” and “Work It” which balance their musical ability with their sharp comedic talent. Most recently a “train horn prank” from their Norwegian show was highlighted on The Huffington Post.
Ylvis began their career in 2000 onstage in Bergen, Norway where they debuted “Ylvis – A Cabaret”. The show was a success and they toured it extensively around Norway. In 2003 they premiered “Ylvis – A Concert” to rave reviews and sold out houses across the country. “Ylvis III” hit the stages across Norway in 2007 and broadcasters took notice. They appeared in a handful of Norwegian radio and TV series until the launch of the “Ylvis 4” live show in January 2011. Following the success of “4”, Vegard and Bard launched their TV Series “Tonight with Ylvis” on TV Norge in the fall of 2011.