The Finnish edition of ‘US&us: Surviving Hollywood With Comedy’ is the most listened audiobook on Storytel 2021. The book is written by comedian Ismo Leikola and Angelika Leikola. On the top 10 list of the most listened audiobooks, real life stories are the most widely represented genre.
The international edition of the bestselling book is ‘US&us: Surviving Hollywood With Comedy’. In the book, we get a peek behind the scenes of stand-up comedy in the United States and to follow Ismo’s own growth under hard pressure. The Leikolas also handle the differences between the Finnish and American cultures in an entertaining way. As the reader of the audiobook, we hear Ismo Leikola himself.
“Incredible. Wow. We were specifically hoping that the book would reach all kinds of readers: with different backgrounds and ages, and that they on their part would find something interesting, inspiring and new. Now it seems this has come true. Yay! Thank you Storytel, Siltala Publishing, readers, listeners, and everybody!”, Ismo Leikola says merrily.
“This kind of an acknowledgement makes you extremely happy but also very humbled. The amount of feedback we’ve received about the book is astonishing and we’ve read it with tears in our eyes. You rock!”, rejoices Angelika Leikola.
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What is Hollywood like for a newcomer from Europe?
A Finnish comedian-writer couple arrives in Los Angeles. Is the city ready for them?
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.
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 THROUGH COMEDY
(Suo, kuokka ja Hollywood)
Siltala, 2021, 346 pp.
FINLAND: Siltala (orig.)
English edition, Info sheet, Summary