Finnish-Born Comedian Ismo is a Man of Many Words
Aug 7 2019 – http://www.washingtonpost.com
Nearly four years have passed since Ismo decided to leave the comforts of his native Finland and take a crack at the U.S. comedy scene. He quickly found a home on the stand-up circuit, booking his fair share of gigs… Read More


Finnish Stand-Up Comic Ismo Brings the Funny on NBC Competition Series
Jul 9 2019 – http://www.cheddar.com
NBC is getting in the funny business with it’s new show ‘Bring the Funny.’ Finnish comic Ismo joins Cheddar to discuss what it takes to compete on the new series. Read More


Meet the Contestants on NBC’s ‘Bring the Funny’
Jun 4 2019 – http://www.pastemagazine.com
Yesterday we share the first artwork from NBC’s new comedy competitions show, Bring the Funny. Hosted by Amanda Seales and featuring Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy as judges, Bring the Funny isn’t just about stand-up… Read More


Comedian Ismo on His Comedy Tour & New Show ‘Bring the Funny’
Jul 3 2019 – http://www.Youtube.com
You can see Ismo doing his stand-up at several locations! He’ll be at the Hollywood Improv on Saturday, July 20. Also at the Ice House in Pasadena on Saturday, August 17. And at the Irvine Improv on September 22… Read More


Seven Selfies with Ismo!
Jul 16 2019 – http://www.theinterrobang.com
It’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


Finnish Comedian Ismo Breaks Down the English Language
May 24 2019 – http://www.khou.com
HOUSTON — Finnish comedian, Ismo, once commanded a military unit and studied physics in college, but chose to follow a career in stand-up comedy instead.  It turned out to be the right decision because he’s been named “The Funniest Person in the World”… Read More


Ismo is in Chicagoland at the Improv with Funny from Finland!
May 14 2019 – http://www.wgnradio.com
Headlining comedy star and Laugh Factory World’s Funniest comedian ISMO joins Dane “On The Road”. Hear as ISMO shares his career in comedy, growing up in Finland and the journey to national TV stardom in America and around the world… Read More


Merriam Webster Teams Up with Comedian Ismo
Jan 14 2019 – http://www.broadwayworld.com
The charming quirks of the English language are on full display in a series of new videos performed by the Finnish comedian ISMO in cooperation with Merriam-Webster, a division of the Encyclopaedia Britannica Group… Read More


Stand-Up Comedian Ismo Leikola Brings Finnish Perspective to U.S.
Jul 30 2018 – http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow
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 – https://exclaim.com/comedy
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 – https://edinburghfestival.list.co
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 – https://www.theage.com.au/
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 – http://www.neighbourhoodpaper.com/
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 – http://www.chortle.co.uk/
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 – http://thecomicscomic.com/
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