Atle Antonsen

Atle Antonsen

Atle Antonsen (born in Lillehammer) is a Norwegian comedian and actor. Antonsen has participated in and contributed to several television and radio shows, including XL and XLTV (1998–99), Nissene på låven (2001), Uti vår hage (2003), Team Antonsen (2004), Tre brødre som ikke er brødre (2005), Etaten (2006), Uti vår hage 2 (2008), Dag (2010–15), and Nissene over skog og hei (2011). He has also appeared in feature films, including starring roles in the animated feature Kurt blir grusom (Kurt Turns Evil, 2008) and the comedy Kong Curling (Curling King, 2011). He also appeared in the music video for Lemaitre's song We Got U.Antonsen has cooperated with such comedians as Harald Eia, Bård Tufte Johansen, Espen Thoresen Hværsaagod-Takkskalduha, Kristopher Schau and Johan Golden. Atle Antonsen and Johan Golden currently host a weekly radio show called "Misjonen" ("The Mission") on Fridays on Norwegian national radio station P4. The show first aired in August 2008, and was a continuation of their previous radio show "Kommisjonen" ("The Commission") which aired on now-defunct radio station Kanal 24. In the Norwegian parliamentary election in 2001 Antonsen and Golden spearheaded the campaign for The Political Party, a party formed as a satiric statement on modern politics. Antonsen is a member of rock band DDR, most famous for their comical music videos, along with Johan Golden. On 1 September 2007, at the Norwegian Comedy Awards, Antonsen was awarded the Male Comedian of the Year. He started his speech by saying that the last time he won an award, his mother told him that he didn't thank people properly, and that he was going to do better this time. He paused for a couple of seconds before shouting out "Damnit! (Faen!) Didn't work this time either." In 2010, he briefly appeared at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo. In 2012 he starred as King Arthur in the highly successful Norwegian staging of Spamalot, at Folketeatret in Oslo. Since 2019, Antonsen has hosted Kongen befaler, the Norwegian version of the British TV series Taskmaster, in the role of the Taskmaster. Antonsen has a close relationship with his grandfather Erik Meneilly. He says he learned the base of his humor by telling him jokes.