Seven Selfies with Ismo!
Jul 16 2019 –
t’s a selfie world, and we’re not going to fight it anymore. So our series, Seven Selfies, asks an artist to share seven photos of themselves, taken by themselves, to share a day in their life… Read More

Stand-Up Comedian Ismo Leikola Brings Finnish Perspective to U.S.
Jul 30 2018 –
Named in 2014 as “The World’s Funniest Person” in a contest sponsored by the Los Angeles comedy club The Laugh Factory, comedian Ismo Leikola, or Ismo, has made a career out of mining his Finnish outsider status… Read More

JFL42, Toronto, ON, September 20
Sep 21 2018 –
How many comedians can you name from Finland? Chances are that you can barely name one. That one comedian is Ismo, the only Finnish comedian who has not only learned to perform fluently in English… Read More

An Absurdist Yet Ultimately Logical Hour From a Childlike Outsider
Aug 2 2018 –
It’s common for comics from outside of British culture to poke fun at the differences in our ways and language, but Finnish stand-up Ismo Leikola takes his deconstruction of the English language… Read More

MICF 2018 Review: Ismo Leikola, a Breath of Fresh Finnair
Apr 11 2018 –
Ismo Leikola is obsessed with the English language. Actually, he’s obsessed with a lot of things: warm weather, his wife’s numerous bathroom products and the sounds men make when they’re, ahem, having a nice time… Read More

Kicking Ass
Apr 11 2018 –
He says ass could be the most complicated word in the English language. For example, “lazy-ass” just means lazy – the “ass” is optional – but “bad-ass” means good. Meanwhile, “move your ass” means move everything… Read More

Why ‘Ass’ Is the Most Complicated Word in English
Jan 24 2018 –
Ismo Leikola has become the first Finnish stand-up to appear on American TV.
The comic spoke about the vagaries of American slang and euphemism in his set, including why ‘ass’ was… Read More

Finnish Comedian Ismo on Conan
Sean L. McCarthy – Jan 23 2018 –
For the first time, a stand-up comedian from Finland performed on American TV. Call him Ismo!
Ismo Leikola is a big deal over in Finland, and moved to America after winning the Laugh Factory’s Funniest Person in the World contestRead More