US&Us: Surviving Hollywood With Comedy

Ismo Leikola and Angelika Leikola

Original title: Suo, kuokka ja Hollywood

Author: Ismo Leikola and Angelika Leikola

Published: 2021

Publisher: Siltala

Genre: Memories & Biographies

Pages: 346

Reading material:

English edition, Info sheet, Summary

A Finnish comedian-writer couple arrives in Los Angeles. Is the city ready for them?

The authors share their personal story of navigating through the Hollywood comedy industry and the American way of life as a freshly arrived writer-comedian couple from a very different society. As they examine this new world and how their old one looks from afar, they end up realizing their life is like an ongoing stand-up bit. And that the line between tragedy and comedy is truly so fine it’s in many ways non-existent.

US&Us: Surviving Hollywood with Comedy is the international version of Finland’s #1 bestselling nonfiction title Suo, kuokka ja Hollywood, by the same authors, which was published in Finland in March 2021 and has sold more than 62,000 copies across all formats. Full English text available!

Readers’ feedback on Suo, kuokka ja Hollywood:

I laughed out loud at times, and the next moment I was so moved my eyes welled up.


Eye-opening. Entertaining. Easy-going. Recommended!


This work is not only a story about Ismo and Angelika but a story of humankind.

[The Leikolas’] book was the most listened-to book of 2021 on Storytel. Their depiction of the world behind the scenes of stand-up comedy has also been the most listened-to nonfiction and autobiographical book on Bookbeat. The book describes how the couple built Ismo Leikola’s comedy career throughout the years in the United States. At the same time, it reveals their day-to-day life in the United States - what works, and what doesn’t.

Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

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About author

Ismo Leikola and Angelika Leikola

Ismo Leikola, known professionally also as ISMO, is the most successful stand-up comedian to come from Finland. He’s also an author, musician, screenwriter, and YouTuber.

ISMO made his United States debut in 2014, when he was awarded the title of "The Funniest Person in the World" in a contest organized by the comedy club Laugh Factory.

In 2015, he made his own comedy series “ISMO” for Finnish television and moved to the United States. He became an internationally known stand-up comic after his 2018 performance on Conan O'Brien’s TV show and made history by being the show’s most watched stand-up clip ever with over 90 million views on TeamCoco's Facebook. He has also appeared on James Corden’s TV show and his talent in joking about language resulted in a collaboration with the prestigious Merriam Webster dictionary. He tours in the US and worldwide.

Angelika Leikola has been the assistant writer of her comedian ex-husband ISMO for thirteen years. In addition to practicing numerous other types of writing.

Angelika has a master's degree in literature. She has also studied journalism and linguistics. And worked in these fields. Angelika writes lyrics too and sings backup in a band. Angelika's special skill is to dissect words, ideas and concepts. Besides comedy her lifelong passion has been, and still is, wondering what kind of tricks the mind can play.

The Finnish edition of the book – A Swamp, a Hoe and Hollywood (Suo, kuokka ja Hollywood) -  was published in Finland in March 2021 and has stayed on bestseller lists ever since.


2021, Memories & Biographies

Ismo Leikola and Angelika Leikola

US&Us: Surviving Hollywood With Comedy