*** Quick note in the beginning: The blog humorisart.de is usually in German, but since the interview with Hugleikur Dagsson was in English, I thought I will write the show notes in English, too. Hope you will enjoy it!
Hugleikur Dagsson is an Islandic Artist best known for his cartoons. More than 100.000 people follow him and his cute yet brutal (-ly honest) cartoons on facebook. I am one of those people and when I saw that he will spend a few weeks in Berlin I thought it would be a great opportunity to get him on the podcast. And it was such a pleasure to meet him, Hugleikur is such a gentle and funny man that ideed „can get away with almost everything“. That’s at least what a friend told him, when he encouraged him to start doing stand-up comedy, which is now one of his favorite things to do. So he is a cartoon artist, comedian and also writer and director and has his own animated TV-show.
In this episode of the Humor is Art podcast we talk about:
- How he found his cartoon style and how he quickly became famous
- That he is actually more popular in Finland than in Iceland
- The madness in Iceland during the European Football Cup 2016
- The fun of being part of a life-podcast during the European Cup
- How his typical day looks like (hint: There are no typical days)
- How drawing cartoons and performing Stand-Up require different joke writing
- His own Animated Show and how he works on it
- that he neither feels at home at art shows nor at comic book conventions
- And of course: Why poop-jokes are the best jokes in the world
„The formula (of the comics) is: A simple and minimalistic style VS very harsh and brutal subject matter. I am talking about just the most horrible issues in human nature, but doing it with really cute and very simplisticly drawn figures that creates kind of a contrast that works really well for the human brain I guess. That’s my theory at least.“
„If it is simple enough it uploads faster into your brain. And if the subject matter is brutal or silly or stupid then it creates a surprise. The key element of humor is the surprise. If I can shoot the jokes fast enough into the readers brain, the jokes work better and the laughter gets louder.“
„It creates a distance. Some of these jokes are about child abuse and rape or stuff like that which is not the easiest subjet to make a joke about. I draw the strips very small and simple, so on a psychological level this might create a distance between the the reader and the persons in the jokes. Some of the stores are really horrible that should make you cry, but the size of the figure distances you from the characters and you feel the absurdity.
„Laughter is not the opposite of sorrow. I think indifference is the opposite of feeling something. So if you are laughing about something that does not mean that you you don’t care or think it’s really funny. It’s just one way you are dealing with the horror.“
I hope you will enjoy this episode of Humor is Art with Hugleikur Dagsson:
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