Welcome to YLVIS in English

Why this site?

Thanks to some wonderful, generous people, many of Ylvis’ videos on YouTube have been translated and subtitled for us English speakers, so we can all appreciate the fantastic humor of the Ylvisåker brothers. Since these videos are scattered across various accounts, keeping track of them has gotten a bit complicated. I have therefore put together a hopefully comprehensive list of Ylvis videos in English, Ylvis videos that have been subtitled in English, and Ylvis videos that you can understand without speaking Norwegian, to make their body of work more easily accessible. Enjoy!

If you come across a video that I’ve missed, please post a link to it in the comments section below.

An extra big shoutout goes to Ylvis’ Facebookies, Emma, and UploadingFriend, who’ve translated the bulk of the videos you’ll find here.

 

How to use this site

Videos have been grouped and placed on individual pages. Browse the pages at random, or see the Master List of all the videos.

Videos with subtitles have been marked as such. Not all the videos have subtitles, but (unless otherwise indicated) those that don’t can be enjoyed even if you don’t understand Norwegian.

One last thing: while Ylvis’ humor is on the whole quite mild, there is English swearing scattered across their videos. This is not just an Ylvis thing. It is apparently common for Norwegians to swear in English, even on TV. Norwegians are also more comfortable with nudity than many other cultures. In short, if you are easily offended by swearing and nudity, Ylvis is probably not for you. Please quietly go find some other fandom to join. For the rest of you, there are a couple of videos that might be considered more “extreme”, but I have clearly indicated where this is the case so you can avoid them if you’re sensitive.

 

Wait — Ylvis who?

If you’re asking yourself this question, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the last few months. And you wouldn’t be on this site in the first place, so I’ll keep it brief.

Ylvis is a comedy duo (YES, there’s two of them) made up of Norwegian brothers Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker. They got their start right out of high school when they were discovered performing in a high school play. They went on to do a bunch of popular cabaret and variety shows, moved on to radio, then had a number of shows on Norwegian TV, including a game show (based on the Japanese Brain Wall), and a show in which they interview “wonderful” (read: weird) Norwegians. Then, in 2010, they launched their own late night talk show I Kveld med Ylvis (Tonight with Ylvis) on the Norwegian TV station, TVNorge. I Kveld med Ylvis also features a third host named Calle, the unfortunate Magnus, and David, who replaced Calle in the second season (Calle is back in Season Three — yay!). “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say)” was made to promote the start of the third season of the show… only things didn’t work out as they’d planned.

For the full story of Ylvis, see their Wikipedia entry, or visit their official website. You’ll also find links to the most informative Ylvis/The Fox interviews and articles, presented in chronological order, on our In Print page.

 

OK I know who Ylvis is, and yes the Fox video was pretty funny, but a fandom? Really? I don’t get what the big deal is.

Well for starters, this:


But a lot more besides that too, I promise 🙂 . You’ll just have to watch some videos and see for yourself!

 

Ylvis Fun Facts and Misconceptions:

  • Ylvis is pronounced ILL-VIS, not YELL-VIS. (Though to really pronounce it accurately, you have to purse your lips into a “duck mouth” while saying the ILL part, instead of smiling. Seriously, it works.)
  • Bård is pronounced a bit like the word “bore”, with a short O and a very guttural R… BORRRR.
  • Vegard is pronounced VE-GAR, with “VE” as in “very”, and again with the guttural R at the end.
  • YES Ylvis deserves their success. They didn’t just throw together a video one day and get lucky with it. They’ve been working hard at this for more than a decade.
  • YES both Bård and Vegard can sing, on pitch, without autotune or playback. There are plenty of live videos proving this. Bård has a very nice “choir” voice and an amazing falsetto, while Vegard’s voice is just RIDICULOUS. Check out the music videos for “Stonehenge” and “Jan Egeland”, or the YLVIS Live page, to see for yourself.
  • YES Bård and Vegard are incredibly talented. They’re funny. They’re charming. They can sing. They can write and compose music in numerous genres. They can dance better than 98% of men. They can play various instruments and improvise songs. They can speak a bunch of languages (or fake it so it sounds like they can). And Vegard has a pilot’s license. Just cause.
  • NO Ylvis was not signed to Warner records as a result of the popularity of “The Fox”. They already had a deal with them, at least in Norway, and many of their previous songs were released under it.
  • NO the Fox’s delayed availability on iTunes was not due to them being accused of plagiarism. It was held up because they hadn’t been prepared for it to be so successful, and had to sign some agreements and stuff before it could be released internationally.
  • YES both the Ylvisåker brothers are in their 30s. Vegard’s birthday is on the 19th of May and he is currently 34 years old; Bård’s birthday is on the 21st of March and he is currently 31.
  • YES although Vegard is the older brother, Bård is taller, and they do regularly tease each other about this. Bård is 1.80 m and Vegard is 1.745 m (about 5'11″ and just under 5'9″).
  • YES Bård and Vegard lived in Africa as small children. Their parents were originally from Sogn (Norway), but their father worked as an engineer in Angola and Mozambique during the civil wars there. They later moved back to Norway, settling in Bergen. Recently, they moved from Bergen to Oslo to avoid commuting back and forth for the filming of I kveld med YLVIS.
  • YES both Bård and Vegard are married. Bård to his high school sweetheart Maria Lekva, whom he met when he was around 15 (awwwww), though they only officially married in New York Last Year. Vegard tied the knot two years ago, to his love of ten years Helene Helgesen. This is her blog on interior design (their house won “Norway’s prettiest home” in 2010).
  • YES both Bård and Vegard have children. Bård has three, Sofie (12) Nora (9), and Jens (4) (yes, he had his first child at the age of 19, though it’s hard to believe if you see videos of him from then); Vegard has two, Emma (6) and Mads (4).
  • NO it is not wrong to find Bård and Vegard attractive. They’re in show business, it’s part of their popularity and appeal, it comes with the territory. Plus to my knowledge no harm has ever come of crushing from afar. Though if you’re tempted to start stalking them or randomly decide to move to Norway, there might be cause for concern 😉 .
  • NO you don’t have to decide which of the two brothers you love more. You can love them both equally. Or you can love one more than the other — there’s plenty of love to go around!

Have a fun fact or correct a common misconception to add? Let me know in the comments section below!

 

Dear TVNorge,

If you happen to come across this site, please don’t use it as a quick way to identify copyright infringers and have the videos removed. Wherever possible, I have linked to videos on your official channel. If you subtitle more of your videos, I will update the links accordingly. In the meantime, please let us enjoy what would not otherwise be accessible to us! Thank you!

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103 thoughts on “Welcome to YLVIS in English

  1. As a Norwegian I thought I would just straighten up some very small errors in the information on how the names are pronounced. Bård’s is okay explained. But Ylvis and Vegard is a bit wrong.
    Ylvis is not pronounced ILL-vis, but the Y is pronounced like the Y in the English word YOU, and LVIS is pronounced just like in Elvis;)
    And Vegard is not pronounced VEY-gar, but the VE are pronounced as the VE in the English word very, so it is VE-GAR 🙂

    • Oh my bad! Thanks for letting me know. I’ve corrected Vegard, but I have a question about Ylvis… I can hear that you put a bit of a Y sound at the start, but it is way softer and further back in the throat than any Y sound we have in English… if I write that it starts with Y everyone will say it YILL-VIS, with a really strong Y like in “Yell”. I think that’s why the media was writing it “ILL-VIS” — it’s the closest English speakers can get? So I’ve added that there is a soft Y at the beginning. Does that work? I don’t think this will actually help anyone pronounce the words anyway haha.

      • Hi! Yes, you are completely correct. And I wouldn’t expect any foreign speaker to pronounce it perfectly.
        We norwegians have a much softer y-sound than you guys. And the quality of our “L” is also different, ours is further back. This also helps make the whole world more… soft. But as a Norwegian, “ILL-vis” sounds very weird.
        However, if you really want to make the correct sound, try to say “ILL-vis”, but round your lips to the “y” at the first vowel (you know, the sort of open mouthed duck face, just not that exaggerated) , without moving your tongue that is. You get a pretty correct sound. I think. If that made any sense at all?

        I do prefer ILLvis over Yellvis, though.

        • Thank you Tuva for your explanation! The really funny thing is that Ylvisgirly continued her pronunciation lessons with me via email, and she explained it exactly the same way you did: “If you say ILLVIS as you write it, you’ll start by in a way making a little smile. But instead of making that smile, make a small duck-mouth, or tiny pouting lips with your mouth half open.”
          And apparently I said it perfectly by doing this! (Yay!) So, you both had a very good way of describing it, and if any English speaker wants to say Ylvis the way a Norwegian would, now you know how. Duck mouth 🙂

        • HELLO I LEFT A COMMENT EARLIER I SEE I DIDN’T GET TO FINISH WHAT I WANTED TO SAY, I LOVE THIS SITE. I LIVE IN INDIANA AND THE FOX SONG IS VERY POPULAR HERE. I WORK FOR AMAZON.COM. THE OTHER NIGHT A CO WORKER WHO KNOWS I LIKE THE FOX SONG CAME IN SINGING IT ALL THE WAY THRU. REALLY LIKED IT. I LOVE ALL THEIR SONGS. MY HUSBAND JAMES LOVES THE SONG ( STONEHENGE) HIS FAV PART PLAY MY B**** I DONT LIKE SOME OF THEIR PROFANITY, I LIKE THE FOX BECAUSE IT IS A CLEAN SONG. BUT I DO LIKE THE SONG MASSACHUSSETTS AND THE PART MASSACHEI CHEI. IT REMINDS ME OF J,J. A DOG I ONCE HAD. I REALLY LIKE JANYM ( I CANT UNDERSTAND THE SONG OR FIGURE IT OUT) BUT ITS CATCHY. I DIDNT HEAR THE FOX SONG TILL ABOUT 2 MONTHS AGO. I DONT LISTEN TO THE RADIO MUCH, I WORK ALOT. SO I STUMBLED ON IT BY CHANCE. AND ;LOVED IT. I BOUGHT A TAPE OF IT FROM MY EMPLOYER AND A T SHIRT. AND I WAS ALWAYS SINGING IT BECAUSE I LOVE THE PART HIDING IN THE WOODS IT REMINDS ME OF COYOTES BY MY WORK PLACE IN SOME DENSE WOODS I SAW ONE RUN INTO RECENTLY.) I THINK THEY BOTH VERY HANSOME YOUNG MEN. VERY VERY TALENTED AND VERY GREAT PERFORMERS THEIR SONGS ARE FANTASTIC,, I WISH THEY DID LESS PROFANITY,.. THAT WOULD BE NICE. I LAUGH AT THE SONG, WORK IT)…. BUT I DO LIKE THE SONG. ITS CUTE. IAM CRAZY ABOUT ONE OF THEIR EPISODES ON * OSLOW RADIO TAXIO) WHERE A GIRL GOT IN NAMED DELANGE THEY KNEW HER FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL I THINK). THEY SING A LITTLE TUNE ***** GOING DOWN TO PVC OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT*********** CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IN THIS SONG? I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW AND IT SOUNDS LIKE A REMAKE OF A SONG MAYBE OF ANOTHER SORT.) SO SO MULTI-TALENTED BOTH OF THE BROTHERS ( I HATE TO SAY IT, THEY DONT REALLY LOOK SO MUCH ALIKE WITH VEGARD’S DARK CURLY HAIR, HIS LITTLE SON HAS THE DARK CURLY HAIR) I SAW A PHOTO OF BARD’S DAUGHTER SHE LOOKS JUST LIKE HIM VERY PRETTY. THEY ARE BOTH VERY GOOD LOOKING YOUNG MEN. THEIR PARENTS I KNOW ARE SO VERY PROUD OF THEM. IAM PROUD OF THEM ENTIRELY. SUCH GREAT ENTERTAINERS AND FINE YOUNG MEN FROM NORWAY…. MY HUSBAND JAMES ( I MENTIONED EARLIER IN A POST ON THIS SITE) HAD A SURPRISE BIRTHDAY CAKE MADE FOR ME SPECIAL ON FEB 26TH 2014 MY 47 BIRTHDAY. IT SAID ) WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? ( IT HAD A CUTE LITTLE FOX MADE INTO THE CAKE) WITH POINTY EARS). IT SAYS THE FOX SAYS HAPPY 47TH MELISSA. MY HUSBAND IS 10 YRS YOUNGER THAN ME. AND HE REALLY SURPRISED ME WITH THIS GORGOUS CAKE, I TOOK SEVERAL PHOTOS, I NEED TO HAVE THEM DEVELOPED, I WISH I COULD SEND ONE TO YLVIS BROTHERS SHOW THEM THAT THE FOX WAS SPECIAL TO ME ON MY 47TH BIRTHDAY. I CRIED OVER THE CAKE. I LOVED IT. BUT THE MAIN THING IS I LOVE THEIR MUSIC AND SONGS AND SKITS AND THEIR T,.V. NORWEGIAN SHOW. BUT WHY IS THEIR SHOW IN NORWEGIAN AND THEY SING THEIR SONGS ON THE SHOW IN ENGLISH? THERE MAY BE MOST NORWEGIANS MAY NOT SPEAK ENGLISH, IAM NOT SURE EXACTLY. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE AS A FAN, AND KNOWLEDGABLE ON THIS TWO FANTASIC BROTHERS. MELISSA

      • did you see this? a lot of the first season has suddenly been translated, thought you might like to share them here, too- thanks for all the videos and translating so far, this site is wonderful!
        [ED.: link removed]

        • Hi Hannah, thanks for sharing the link. However, I’ve edited it out because it will likely lead to TVNorge taken them down sooner rather than later. (Also, they haven’t been “suddenly” translated. Emma has been working hard at doing them for months now 😉 )

    • I just have a few questions iam a 47 yr old fan of ylvis, i love their songs so much,my husband loves stonehenge)song, my favorite verse in the fox is ( hiding in the woods) i think of coyotes near my home. is there ever gonna be a picture of bjarte the brother ? no 3. and is there a list of who starred in the fox, i wonder what each person who plays in the videos names are like the elephant, the old man in the woods with the little boy. is there a cast list” just wondering. i love their show i vkemeld i may have spelled it wrong. with the telvator, i love the song they did in radio taxio) what are the words to what he is saying going down to pvc ( is he remaking a song and he says and we gonna make love) i love that tune.please let me know. bard and vegard I love you guys i just heard of you for the first time with the fox song ( for my 47th birthday on feb 26th this yr 2014. my husband had a cake decorator to bake me a icecream cake with a fox made into the cake and it said what does the fox say? the fox says happy 47 th melissa) i took pictures it has been over a month and still not developed the pictures still have some of the cake in the freezer, i love this site. thank you so much for this web site. melissa in indiana a transplanted kentuckian from russell co ky. and fairdale ky.

    • Thank you for clarifying that!

  2. This is a god send, my 10 loves the pranks, this sight is an easy way for my husband and I to watch what we want and also find what’s appropriate for our daughter. Thanks for all the work! Plus now I can refer friends to one easy sight!!

  3. Hello!!
    I loved this! It’s a very good way for everyone to know their work better!
    Thank you so much for linking my page (YLVIS BRASIL) here! =)

    xx

  4. There is a video that i would like to see subbed its called I veld med YLVIS – Dagens spørsmål, flies go data and its on a youtube account called TVNorgeNO, thank you for everything you do!!

  5. Thank you so much for the information about Ylvis. They are so talented that I was just blown away that we had not heard of them in America. Just wish they televised the show in America because they are so entertaining. You have done an excellent job with the clips!

  6. I don’t know if this is right but for me a simple way to pronounce Ylvis is to think of the tricky “Yl” bit as rhyming with the word “gill” with a “y” replacing the “g”

    • Hi Lily, a lot of English speakers say it this way (including everyone at the EMAs last night), but no it’s not actually correct because you’re adding another vowel between the Y and L, whereas the Y in Norwegian is a vowel connected directly to the L. That’s why saying ILL-VIS is closer. However, if it’s easier for you to say YILL-VIS, go ahead, so long as you’re talking about them haha! 🙂

  7. I’m just wondering, is content unable to be played because of TVNorge? What has been said?

    • That would seem to be the case. Not sure exactly what was said; I’ve had videos removed by YouTube and they just take them down and give you a standard notice of copyright infringement… Will let everyone know if there’s an update.

    • It looks like all of Emma Martine’s wonderful videos were taken down by STOP, Nordic Content Protection :(. Hopefully these become available another way. I would pay for them.

  8. all of emma martine’s videos are gone :((

    • Yes, sadly, they were removed for copyright infringement. We (a large group of fans on Tumblr) are writing TVNorge a nice polite letter to see what can be done about this. We are asking, among other things, whether they can make the full episodes available themselves on DVD or via Netflix/Amazon/iTunes, and offering to send them the subtitles.

  9. This page is heaven sent! I need my daily Ylvis dosage and you just made it all easy *happy dance*

  10. Please let us know if there are any updates regarding the letters to TV Norge. I’ve read the drafts and think the letters are very well written. I don’t see why TVN wouldn’t oblige, (I especially like the Subbed DVD idea) as they would make more money and it would ensure the popularity of Ylvis endures while they’re not filming IKMY. I hope they realise how important it is for their English speaking fans 😥
    Tusen takk for the website by the way, it’s brilliant!

  11. Heisann! I just got the link to this page from a colleague today and I was incredibly happy for it 🙂 I came across Ylvis because of the Fox song (a real WTF experience) and then the dubstep song, both posted on Facebook by another colleague. After “Someone like me” I totally fell for Ylvis, Bård in particular :)))
    I lived on Norway, so I do speak Norwegian, but always had trouble with the Bergen accent. Now I just love it, of course…
    I saw a lot of their work, still it is an extremely useful site what you guys put together here. Thank you for this! Ylvis are incredibly talented, I hope they keep doing what they do and one day I plan to go back to Oslo to, hopefully, see them live. A girl’s gotta dream, right?
    Again, THANK YOU, subscription confirmed, will be following you :)))
    Hilser fra Budapest 😀

  12. I am loving this site. Thanks so much for putting it together. I have great admiration for these multi-talented folks. Bard & Vegard are amazing performers! I love being able to see the subtitled video’s you provide. Carry on Ylvis!! And carry on – and thanks to you. 🙂

  13. Guys, thank you for the site! 🙂 It’s cool and informative 🙂
    I have one question though: where did you take the info that Bård got married last year in New York? All the mass media I saw tell he’s not officially married with his lover Maria

    • Hi Julia,
      Bård talks about his marriage in this video, at around the four minute mark (after they finish joking about their love lives haha). I believe he also mentioned it in one of the print interviews, but I can’t remember which one at the moment.
      Sorry to disappoint 😉

  14. Bård is actually pronounced almost exactly like the English word “bored”, just a little bit shorter vowel.
    Check out Ylvis Facebookies on Facebook too.

    • Hi Jannike,
      I was under the impression that the D is silent at the end of words? VegaRR not VegarD BorRR not BorD?

      One thing that I know is kind of incorrect in my description is that I say that the R is guttural. This is the way that Bård and Vegard say their own names, but they have kind of funny accents. Most Norwegians (I’ve been told) would say their names by rolling their Rs (with the tongue on the roof of the mouth).

      Yes everyone, as always do check out the Facebookies and thank them (and the other subtitlers on YouTube) for their hard work! (Link is near the top of the right sidebar.)

  15. Thank you oh so very much! I know that subtitling and running a website generally is hard that everyone takes for granted and you are totally awesome for doing this for all Ylvis’ fans. THANK YOU!

  16. Thank you so much for allowing me to have a daily dose of my favourite Norwegian Duo (plus Calle of course)!! I’m from Brazil and it’s really hard to find anything about the boys down here! What a wonderful service you’ve been provinding! 🙂
    I’ve seen on youtube a lot of full episodes from season 3, but unfortunatelly none of them have any subtitles 😦 I started studying Norwegian just to watch these talented boys but it will take a while to actually fully understand them. Do you know if there is any prediction of subtitling these episodes? Thanks once again!!

    • Hi Carol, you’re very welcome! I hesitate to make a prediction, but I would guess that these episodes will get subtitled eventually. However, since we’re currently up to Season 1, Episode 9, it will take a while. If you’d like to be added to my mailing list (I send out the temporary download links to each new subtitled complete episode as soon as the person who does them uploads a new one), please send an email to ylvisinenglish@gmail.com

  17. Thank you for doing this for all the fans. I have bookmarked it so I can start my day off with a bit of Ylvis. I’ve watched so many clips I think I’m starting to understand Norwegian!

  18. Dear ???

    First of all THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH for this wonderful homepage!!!! Since I first heard The Fox, I’ m addicted to these two guys and Calle&Magnus! Everyday I look up your site to get the latest information. I can hardly believe that nearly no one knew them before outside Scandinavia! What a pitty I lived 13 years without knowing them… I have some questions: 1) who is the female singer in the dubstep song? 2) who is Brovis? 3) who are you and why do you know so much about Ylvis??? Thank you in advance. Kind regards from Germany, Silvia☺️

    • Hi Silvia, and thanks for your kind comments, as well as your very good questions! Here’s what I can answer: 1) Her name is Kjersti Botn Sandal, and she’s a Norwegian actress; 2) This one made me laugh. “Brovis” is a term Ylvis came up with to describe themselves in the “Work It” music video (Brothers+Ylvis=Brovis!); 3) I am just another Ylvis fan. When I first discovered them, the videos we English speakers could understand were all over the place so I made my own list of them, then decided to make it into this site to share it with other fans. You can call me Maya 🙂 I know so much about Ylvis thanks to Tumblr and the wonderful members of the Ylvis family who dig up every scrap of information that exists on them. Seriously, since my focus is videos, I end up posting about 2% of what’s actually out there. If you want the full Ylvis experience, I suggest making a Tumblr account and joining in the fun! There’s a very out-of-date list of Ylvis fans on Tumblr in the sidebar that I will update at some point, and if you want to follow me as a start, my tumblr is ylvisinenglish.tumblr.com 🙂 The Facebookies group is also a good resource.

  19. Hi Maya, thanks for the tips on Tumblr. I’m so happy to have found other fans because I don’t seem to be able to talk about these two talented guys to anyone. I forwarded the TID hobbies videos to several people because I think they’re hilarious (especially the tent) and I got such negative feedback. It really shocked me! Oh, and thanks for the new videos and a look at Bard’s longer hair, I love it!

  20. Hi Maya,
    I came across this today. It’s kind of long and mostly pretty boring but it is cool to get a glimpse into the life of the third brother!
    [link removed]. He does kind of look like Bård…except…rounder…
    Sarah

    • Hi Sarah! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I think though it’s best if I don’t post the link, as it’s a personal video and Bjarte didn’t sign up for all this celebrity stuff. (For those who desperately want to see it though – the link is out there and has now been released on Tumblr. I’m sure you’ll find it if you’re determined enough 😉 )

      • I came here just to find if they actually have a third brother XD
        I was seaching since yesterday for that info, now I’m laughing so hard XD
        It was all fault of “I will never be a Star”.

        If Bjarte is not confortabe with fame I just fell sorry for he. My mensage for he is to look in the bright side: You older brother are really cool dudes.

  21. Hi Maya! I love this site and it is a really amazing idea! I love the videos that are subtitled but I find that most (Even the ones that say they do) don’t have subtitles at all! See the “Room on A Truck >> Question of the Day” Only one of these have subtitles but you specify they do! I was just hoping you could give some info on this, Thanks!

    ~Munch

    • Hi Munch, I’ve answered you before on the “Clever Pranks” page. Some videos have captions “printed” directly on the video. For others, you need to turn on the captions using the square button at the bottom right of the frame of the player. HERE is more info, including a picture of the captions button. Note that you can turn on “always show captions” from your YouTube account settings page.

  22. Try here 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw0By5_CpWcroquhsaNRIsg

    From Victoria Can from face bookies page

  23. Hi Maya!
    I just want to say thank you for your work!! 🙂 I used to make websites of my favorite stars so I know how muck work it requires. I discovered Ylvis only a few weeks ago like many others but since then I’m a fan. And your website helped so much in finding material for my ‘fangirling’ since I don’t speak norwegian. 😀 So I just want you to know that I’m (and I’m sure that many others english-speaking fans too) very grateful for your work!!

  24. Hi Maya, love your site!!! While you’re answering questions, I thought I’d ask–who is Stina Beatie? Thanks, Lynn

    • Hi Lynn, and thanks! For those who don’t know where this question is coming from, in the Pressure video we see a woman dancing, and the lyrics go “Stina Beate, do the special move. Whoa! That’s a special move.”
      I can’t verify if this is true, but I think I read in the YouTube comments that she’s a choreographer… (Can any Norwegians confirm?)

  25. Thanks Maya! Sorry I didn’t see that you had answered already, as I wasn’t quite sure if I had asked the question or simply imagined it! xD Thanks anyway, hadn’t even thought of the “Turn on/off captions” button!

    ~ Munch ❤

  26. Hello, Maya…

    As a fairly new Ylvis fan, I thank you kindly for your amazing site! I believe that I found an additional airing of Nordens Herligste (unsubbed) that I don’t think is listed in your amazing directory…It’s titled as “Indianermannen” and the link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBtB2Ur8Pl0.

    Thanks again…and keep up the fantastic work!

    –Jenn

  27. Hi Maya,
    I hope you’re having a good Christmas !
    There’s a new interview from MTV that I don’t think you have yet.
    http://news.mtv.ca/blogs/holiday-fun-time/get-tucked-in-with-ylvis-bedtime-rendition-of-what-does-the-fox-say/

  28. Hello!
    Absolutely great page! Thank you so much for doing it! I’m russian, so English is the best way for me to read something about Ylvis!:)

  29. Maya.
    Thanks to you and the various collaborating translators for your great site, discovered today. My 10-year old daughter introduced me to Ylvis a couple of months back (‘the Fox’ of course) but I am now a committed fan too after scouring the internet for content. Your site has made that a whole lot easier, so thanks again. Both Ylvis humour and music is great … I put them right up there with New Zealand comedy duo ‘Flight of the Conchords’ who I also love (see http://flightoftheconchords.co.nz/). And for the record (and for those pesky TV.Norge execs) I too would buy any Ylvis DVDs that are released in English or in Norwegian with sub-titles.
    Cheers
    Gary from Oz

    • Hi Gary!

      Thanks so much for your lovely message 🙂 I’ve heard several people mention Flight of the Conchords in relation to Ylvis, and they are also great!
      I think TVNorge is pretty receptive… you never know, we could get some subbed DVDs soon? (Fingers crossed!)

  30. This site is great! I’m gonna spend all my afternoons here, thank you for all this stuff, love them ❤ Hope we could get some more subbed "I kveld med Ylvis" episodes soon!!

  31. Hi Maya,
    Thank you so much for keeping going with this wonderful site. I know it must be a lot of work and I really appreciate your dedication!
    I just came accross a YT channel for someone called ******* who is posting newly subbed videos from IKMY season 1.
    There are just the first two episodes for now, split into three pieces each. I hope more will follow 🙂
    Sarah

    • Hi Sarah, Thank you so much! And thank you for the link. However, I hope you don’t mind but I’ve edited it out, for two reasons:

      1) These are Emma’s subbed versions that are being uploaded, and I’m pretty sure it’s without her permission. I’ve sent her a message to confirm, but if I’m right, that’s really not cool. UPDATE: the owner of the channel has added a credit (they didn’t know who’d done the subs) so if you find the channel, you can watch them guilt-free. I’m still not going to post the link because of reason #2 though — it’ll just result in them getting taken down faster.
      2) TVNorge has been very nice about all the copyright infringers who upload just clips. However, every single time someone has uploaded complete episodes, they have reported them and had them removed — this has happened to several channels so far, and will probably happen to this one once they find it. And since they’ve been so nice about the other clips, and since this might mean they’re planning on releasing IKMY on DVD, I’d rather respect their decision to not have complete episodes on YouTube.

      That said, if you’re desperate the same videos being uploaded to the YouTube channel can be downloaded HERE and the missing episode 8 here: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3. It’s a bit of a nuisance to download them, but there are reasons it’s being done this way 😉

  32. Hi,
    First of all, thank you very much for all your efforts in translating all these great videos. Must be an awful lot of work.

    I noticed the “Ylivs on brille” video on your site. Any plans translating this one? I would just love to understand it. 🙂

    Cheers
    Melanie

    • Hi Melanie, thanks for your comment, but I don’t do any of the translating myself — I just collect and organize the videos other people (mostly the Facebookies these days, but other people as well) translate to make them easier to find. So, I have no idea if the Ylvis on Brille video will be translated. I really (REALLY) hope it will, but I’m not sure whether the Facebookies’ agreement with TVNorge extends to them doing complete episodes of another show… maybe someone else will get around to it though… fingers crossed 🙂

      • Ok, then thanks a lot to the translating team!
        “Ylvis on Brille” seems to be a lot of fun. It would just be so awesome! 😉
        If we all keep our fingers crossed maybe TV Norge will have a little mercy!?! 🙂

  33. Wow, first time visitor. I’m already in the Facebookies group, but this site is so well organized, it takes all the brain work out of being an American Ylvis fan!

  34. I also appreciate how respectfully protective you seem to be of the lads and their work, and its continued prolificacy.

  35. Hi!
    A tidbit I think you’ve left out: Vegard needs contact lenses. A new thing? In “Brille” he said that his eyes water really badly when he takes them out. Sounds like a newbie to me 🙂

  36. Hello, Maya: I came across this site randomly. Like so many others here in USA, I discovered the Ylvisåker brothers via The Fox on YouTube, back in September. There is a FB site called “Ylvis Official Group,” to which I belong. Would it be okay with you if I shared your site’s link with the group?
    Thanks so much,
    syzygysb

  37. Hey awesome person who runs this site! 😉
    I just discovered this channel of … where the subtitled IKMY shows get uploaded (regular!) in 3 parts:
    [ED.: link removed]

    I hope you´ll have use for this 🙂
    Best greetings and stay as awesome as you are 🙂
    Kat

    P.S.: under the point “Interviews etc.” at “General Interviews” you find the video “Ylvis on TVT (German Talk Show) 2009 (Mostly English)”. A tiny correction: The TV station is called “Pro7″ and the program, runned by a guy named Stefan Raab, is called “TVtotal” (“TVT”) 🙂

    P.P.S.: Also the name of video under it, “Singing “Dry Ice” (Drei Eins) (Clip From TVT Appearance)” isn´t that right, even it is a damn cute try to translate it XD They are singing the commercial song of an old German sex-hotline: “0-190 3-3-1 3-3-1. Only 81 Pfennig – and you´re in! 3-3-1 3-3-1 – call now!”
    (3-1 is spelled “Drei eins” – “Dry Ice” :D)

    I hope, I wasn´t a gobshite/smart ass, cause I really didn´t want to be one :/
    stay awesome 😉

    • Hi Kat!
      Thanks to you as well for the link, but I’ve removed it for the same reason as explained in previous comments.

      Also thank you for the “Dry Ice” corrections! You’re not the first to point out that “Drei Eins” doesn’t mean dry ice, but the other person also found it funny and told me to leave it! But I thought I had added an explanation, and it turns out I hadn’t, so thanks for reminding me, and for your translation! Not at all smart ass of you, I appreciate all corrections/bits of info 🙂

  38. I’ve often wondered who played the wife (“we’ve been married for ten years”) in “The Cabin” video.

  39. Mange takk! I just found your O-fag link and believe me, I have been looking! I got them all and my norsk studier go much nicer now 🙂

  40. hi. urm the ikmy s1 episodes 1 – 15 subbed can be found here: [EDIT:link removed]

    • Hi rusafa, yes thank you. Am not posting the link because this will probably lead to them being taken down even more quickly (see comments above). They are also available for download from the original translator Emma, and I will be making a page for her links soon.

  41. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnHBUdJNdwM&list=UU5r_KggPbuuJeglw2z8PgiA this is the whole concert, more or less, collected from different sources.

  42. Here is a translation of a story in a Finnish magazine, about the concert. The link has the original, with pictures.
    http://www.rumba.fi/live/livearvio-ylviksen-stadionkeikka-oslossa-oli-hilliton-ylistys-itseironialle-ja-rock-kliseille/
    Live appraisal: Ylvis’s stadium gig in Oslo was an outrageous jubilation of self-irony and rock-cliches
    Teksti: Suzie Fray, kuvat: Heidi Asara translation: Sonja H
    Musicvideo skits originally produced for television worked also on stage, and the full-blooded entertainment show didn’t need any foxes until encore.The Rumba magazine agent went to see, how the comedyduo, who rose to world fame by their viral video The Fox, managed their arena spectacle.
    Ylvis
    Expensive Jacket Tour
    Oslo Spektrum, Norja
    28.2.2014
    (+dress rehersal 27.2.2014)
    Expensive Jacket Tour by Ylvis does not re-invent comedymusic, but it has been realised with skill and without saving any expenses.Ylvis makes fun of rock-stardom in a big way, but mostly of themselves and their success. There is something intentionally or unintentionally boyishly clumsy and well-meaning in the dark humour of the comedy duo, which enables them to circumvent “loneislandish” plastic-like feeling and manages to bring a unique style to their genre.
    Yodelling! Throatsinging!Absurd music! But where is Ylvis?
    Above the stage by the roof sits a small red cabin prop. Sixty square meters of heaven awaits to descent to the ground.
    ‘Stockholm!’ Bård Ylvisåker greets the Oslo audience in classic Spinal Tap style. The warm-up act Polka Bjorn and Kleine finishes. Numbers on the screen start counting down from ten minutes. The last seconds are joined aloud by the out-sold Spektrum audience. The fireworks of rock-cliches begin.

    Instead of a cabin, the norwegian national treasures Bård andVegard Ylvisåker in their sunglasses, superhero-outfits and wings fall from heavens among the mortals. Not flying smoothly, but on harnesses and wires, intentionally slow.It is a long way down to Oslo Spektrum.
    “Stockholm!” Bård Ylvisåker greets the Oslo audience in a classic Spinal Tap style and Pressure explodes into being. The front row audience takes on the singing from the second verse on.One doesn’t have to guess whether the audience know the repertoire. Naturally it helps that the lyrics are displayed on screen. Understanding verbal jokes doesn’t depend on the sound alone.
    The brand new, Def Leppard-style Shabby Chic is dedicated to men who like romantic country style in decorating. The Ylvis humour often deliciously comes from it’s present time and of the life of a thirty-something family man. I wonder if mrs Ylvisåkers had any say in the subject matter? At least the critic has palpitations when the rococo chair is made to look used on the stage with the help of an axe. Spot on.
    Ting Tings -cover Jeg Heter Finn is harder to move from video to live on stage. The grey dancers of the grey office world dissolve into the background and the despair of the nameless office worker loses some of it’s fun before reaching the nosebleed section. Even the striptease of the video has been left out in the live version and Vegard Ylvisåker keeps his shirt on all the way to the end.
    The rap cliche comedy Work It gets some new colour in the live interpretation from the rastafari-imitation. The background graphics and lighting both deserve to be mentioned. The comicbook-like visuality of Pressure and Work It is spectacular and differs from the original videos. The clothes are the weakest link of the whole thing. Hoodies work in the television close-ups, but on the stage the skilfulness of the dancers is dimmed by the casual style. Grey shows poorly.
    Pie Jesu, the declaration of the ultimate love between brothers, also seen on Ylvis 4 tour, a slow motion murder which begins from a disagreement about octaves between two choirboys, is shown without any speaking. Fake blood splashes and the motorsaw sings away. Most endearing about this grotesque number are the facial expressions, which are accentuated on the big screen. One could kill for those falsettogrins.
    While the stage is being cleaned, the audience is concentrating on the Airhorn classics-video, on which stars Calle Hellevang-Larsen, sidekick from seasons 1 and 3 of I kveld med Ylvis. The video works as a link to the interpretations of We Are The Champions- and You Raise Me Up, which feel a bit something to use up the time with, and with them the airhorn skit from the show has been brought in. The poor girl picked from the audience must have seen the dress rehearsal from the day before and doesn’t get spooked, even though the horn volume is admirable.
    Massachusetts, which was released last fall, loses musically to the released version, but visually the cheerleaders carry not only each other but the song as well. In the mix the bass and bongos are not quite in the right places. A bucketful of hamburgers is thrown at the audience and only one opens up during the flight. Some snacks for the hungry fans. Thanks goes to the wonderful helper who had sellotaped the burger wrappers.
    The surprise of the evening appears on the stage, when Bjarte Ylvisåker, the youngest of the brothers who has so far stayed out of the limelight, rises up from the front part of the stage. The little brother might not have the same good looks as his older brothers, but singing voice and self-confidence are apparently genetic. I will never be a star is a dance-pop made with a hitsong formula and the lyrics make fun of Ylvis’s Youtube success and the relationship between the brothers.
    And finally the cabin descends. Only thing missing from the thematics of the song is a sauna. Naturally a grass-roofed outhouse descends to the side of the stage as well and out comes Bård Ylvisåker in a white suit and a saxophone. The genre changes from a pissing Barry White to a seemingly cool Rat Pack.
    George Michael -cover Careless Whisper is performed as a skit, where Bård’s saxophone sides with altohorn-prince Magnus Devold. The competing brass horns are topped with the singing of the main stars. Vegard, The Funny Little Loverboy, doesn’t quite reach the mike by the two meter tall Magnus. The size difference is accentuated with the extra large jacket. It might not be the newest joke in the book – Laurel and Hardy did it quite a while ago- but it does make you laugh when people are of a different size.

    The dialogue between a Disney ballad and dubstep Someone like me works surprisingly well as a live version. Even when there is less than a half of the original surroundings, Kjersti Botn Sandal, who plays the female lead, and Bård Ylvisåker bring the same absurd energy to the show as in the video. The lovestory of this couple would bring tears in the eyes if the ears didn’t start ringing first.
    Janym, the kirgisian superhit, has been performed on stage before and it shows. In it’s weirdness the act is one of the best in the show, even when only a chosen few of the audience can sing along.
    Tissemann, which hits the core of this music genre, is based on an improvised ditty from O-fag, a radio show of the brothers from 2006. Bård Ylvisåker promised last fall in a Senkveldt interview that they would not perform the ditty ever again. Apparently the older brother got his way. The audience titters at the giant penises dancing in the graphics. Perhaps not particularly intellectual, but undeniably the shameless Kraftwerk-copy and below-the-waist humour is a laugh causing combination. An annoyingly catchy tune.
    Sammen Finner Vi Frem is the weakest link. The choir is showy, but the soundmixer isn’t able to keep up with the switching singers. The joke from the money gathering for the sign is fun, but the lame song itself isn’t able to carry it’s weight on a music show.
    The stadium rock anthems Stonehenge and Jan Egeland come at the end. They are performed with such a routine that the missing mistakes almost make you sorry. The girls are screaming, the hair is flowing. Vegard Ylvisåker has found his inner little rockstar and seems to enjoy it with full biceps. The Freddie Mercury references might be a bit much but the comedians do not have to feel ashamed of their jump to the pop music. The pyro-show blossoms at the end of the songs into a full-blown fireworks show that goes on and on. The comedy comes from the over-doing it. Spektrum is hot with both the ambience and temperature.
    The encore is self-evident. The squarrel and bear costumes have been switched to pompous furcoats. The Fox is not a karaoke version. Everybody knows the lyrics by heart. The whole audience shines as a starry sky to the back when the Kings of the Foxes are restored in the smartphone memorycards with their ears on the back of their heads.
    Spektrum gets quiet. One cannot play anything after The Fox.

    • Hi Sonja,
      Thank you so much for the translation, and the link!

      Also FYI I got a bit tied up half-way through collecting clips from the concert, but will hopefully get down to finishing tomorrow (though I’m sure most of you have managed to get up to speed on your own 😉 ). Here‘s a list of the early videos, but there are new ones posted since that I have to add.

  43. Hey!! I’ve just done the subtitles for the music video Jeg heter Finn. The url is this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLjPJHpxpR0

    I hope this would be useful for you!! 😀

  44. Here’s my Finn, done ages ago. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz5PPWHwO2c . Why don’t you put both up, so at least some get the chance for seeing subbed version 🙂

    • Ah! I knew someone else had done it, but didn’t have time to go searching. Thanks for reposting the link 🙂
      I’ll think about putting them up… I still hesitate cause TVNorge has been so good about copyright infringement, I don’t know how I feel about posting one of the few things they’ve not been OK with. Then again, it was just performed at the concert so… we’ll see.

  45. Here is a beautiful fan posting (translated), which in my opinion sums up perfectly the meaning of Ylvis. Wanted to share with the rest of the family, those who might not speak Finnish. And there is an interview of Bård coming up later, the writer promised!

    http://www.ilmestykset.net/2014/03/fanitusta/ (link to the original, has some pics and videolinks)

    Some time last fall a video came out, which was about fox sounds. A bit annoying pop-jingle, but surprisingly it worked well as such and it was funny too, and the video was nice as well, as I guess 300 million others decided as well.
    In the You Tube comments it said that this is not a band, but a comedy duo, but anybody curious enough dug up their other music videos. There were all sorts, from stadium anthems to dubstep, one about the deeper meaning of Stonehenge.
    Whether they’re a band or not, by god can these guys sing and the songs were really good –also the ones that were improvised. The consept of Ylvis’s earlier radio show was doing improvised songs and they have continued doing it later as well.
    And the comedy turned out to be outrageously funny. Luckily since The Fox YouTube filled with subbed Ylvis-videos. Although, after listening more of them, it becomes rather easy to understand Norwegian. Even I, with my really rusty Swedish. (Here in Oslo I have understood everything so far.)
    It’s easy to be an Ylvis fan. They almost seem too good to be true. Besides singing, composing songs and dancing, the brother duo plays guitar, banjo, piano, violin, cello, contrabass, drums, saxophone and several different flutes and such. Bård does aerial silk and likes to stand on his head. They speak at least Norwegian (with several different accents), English (a variety of accents there too), Swedish, French, Spanish and Portuguese – and which they don’t know, they can imitate rather impressively. And of course they’re rather handsome, too.
    In the background of everything must be the years of childhood, spent partly in two different African countries in a middle of two civil wars. The brothers couldn’t really leave their home, so they had to entertain themselves and each other. Bård and Vegard have almost a telepathic connection. They have said, that while doing improvisations they always know what the other is going to say next or which chord they are going to play. And it shows. They were discovered from a school theatre already as 18/21-year-olds.
    My favourite bit of Ylvis talkshow, which has also been shown in Finland, is the video of hands in icewater and the sunflower in it has already become a legend among the fans. In the video there is also the brother’s sidekick, comedian Calle Hellevang-Larsen, who has been their friend since their schooldays.
    On the other hand, even more than I Kveld Med Ylvis, I prefer Norges Herligste from a few years ago, where they visit unusual Norwegians (in the follow-up Nordens Herligste they also visit Finland). The scripted jokes of Ylvis are often fabulous, but they are probably at their funniest when they ad lib. When they double over with laughter, the audience laughs as well. It is a part of “the concept” of the show that they sing as much as possible and tend to shed clothes for various different reasons.
    Of the scripted bits my personal favorite is probably the revue number Pie Jesu, which in this video is shown at the Norwegian tv-gala Gullruten.(link in original text) It adds to the joy of the video if you know for example that Bård (the blond one) constantly tries to put his brother down about everything (except his musical talent) under the disguise of humour.
    I got to see Pie Jesu live yesterday. For a long time I wondered whether it was a stupid idea to go to Oslo for a concert, even if you managed to finance it through your job ( I would have, the flights were practically free when I return straight back to Finland, but almost all the other plans about the trip were cancelled), but it wasn’t.
    The concert was a confusingly over-the-top flow with a gospel choir and several other choirs, the cheerleaders from the Massachusetts video, a battle between an altohorn and a saxophone, plenty of pyro (which are really scorching on the front row, by the way), pictures from childhood… and excellent music, of course. (Most of Ylvis fans don’t really like the Fox, by the way, but are mostly rather tired of it). The warm-up act was a whole new chapter in itself, they performed throat singing, yodelling and joggling among other things.
    I managed to get a small interview from Bård during the soundcheck. Unfortunately I was given only 10 minutes, and I had no time to take pictures, or ask most of the questions I was going to either, but considering the time it turned out to be surprisingly good. It coming to the Vertigo- music magazine.

  46. Hey!! i don’t know how many would read this, but i want to thank you for all the work that you’re doing, with the compilation and subbed of the videos!! I can’t speak norwegian, BUT if anybody needs help with the synchronization or the editing of subs, i’m your woman, just let me know!! 😀

  47. Hi, I just want to ask if anyone knows where I can find full episodes of I kveld med YLVIS with English subtitles. I found only 15 episodes of season 1 on youtube and nothig else 😦

  48. I love this site! Thank you sooooo much! Although I can’t get anythink else done, but I think it’s worth it 🙂

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