“Crapapella” Is Here to Save Us All

Comedians Jono Duffy and Kimi Tayler have cooked up a new video series to get us through these tough times.

If you’re done watching all the Tiger King episodes and looking through all of the memes related to it, you might be in the mood for some new comedic entertainment. These quaren-times have certainly shaken up the world of show biz, leaving many of us audience members watching our favorite stars and singers through Instagram live videos and concerts like One World Together at Home. Performers across Iceland are not different, creating new ingenious ways to reach their audiences.

Fresh on top of your newsfeed are Jono Duffy and Kimi Tayler, two foreign comedians living in Iceland, with their new project “Crapapella.” Their first video of the series premiered on Youtube April 20th and was an acapella cover of Daði Freyr’s Thinking About Things (in English), using only their two voices and a few microphones hitting thuds. After seeing the two in The Reykjavík Grapevine’s Love Ísland series, we had to check this out.

GayIceland sat down (via the interwebs, 2 meters away from each screen) to chat about the project.

When did you two meet and start collaborating?
“We met a few years ago through the open mic circuit here in Reykjavik. We didn’t start doing things together till last spring. We became close friends and spent a lot of time hanging out so it was a natural progression, especially as the non-romantic gay power couple of comedy.”

What’s this new video series you’re putting together?
“We both love music, Eurovision and all things camp and we had both done projects in the past where we created music with just our voices. Jono ended a show with something like this years ago in Australia and Kimi put together an audio tour experience for Reykjavik Fringe 2019 and for the completion of her masters in fine art called ‘The Orchestra of Kimis.’”

You were supposed to have a show together prior to distancing, is this based on that?
“Yes, we were supposed to do a big comedy show at Tjarnarbíó before COVID-19 canceled everything and this song was going to be our closing number. After the gathering ban went into effect and the devastating cancellation of Eurovision, we were having a chat about how we were so down about it all. We then thought about what we could do to still create things during this time and came up with the idea of forming this sort of joke band called “Crapapella.”

The whole point is that we do covers of songs we like but make all the music ourselves with our voices and body percussion (or just hitting the microphone). We’re comedians who love music, and not professional musicians (although Kimi used to play the trombone and Jono will belt out pretty much any tune if you pay him enough). We have started thinking though that if enough people like it, we might do a “Crapapella” show in the future when everything is back to normal.”

What do you hope people will get from the video series?
“It’s not supposed to make anyone drop their jaw with amazement at our technical skills, it’s just supposed to get them to laugh, smile or just sing. And we, of course, want some validation from Daði (which is pretty much Kimi’s sole purpose in life right now).”

How has COVID changed the way you perform/create content?
“Not at all. Everything is exactly as it was… (That is clearly sarcasm). Everything we both had planned for the next six months was basically canceled overnight, so we have both had to re-think the way we connect with our audiences. We have also both taken some time to let people just have their space to process what’s going on. We have both been of the opinion that the last two months it’s been good to sort of ‘read the room’ and not jump down people’s throats. Now things seem to be on the way up and we figured it would be a good time to release what we’ve been working on.”

What has been getting both of you through these times of social distancing?
“This project, food, and tiger king memes. It’s been a pretty weird time for everyone in the world so we’ve both been just taking it easy and taking each day as it comes. It’s hard for us both to have our families abroad, but we’re lucky that we have a non-biological family here in Iceland.”

What’s it like being the non-romantic gay power couple of comedy in Iceland?
“It’s pretty gay. We have no idea how to really answer that question. It only really becomes apparent around pride when we’re doing a show for ‘our people’. The rest of the year it’s mostly just another minority in the wheels of the comedy system.”

How do you begin the creative process working together, what do you usually start with to get the ball rolling?
“Often the ideas come when we’ve been having a few drinks or hanging out. We work pretty efficiently together. We catch up and laugh at the start, but when it comes to working on the project we pretty much just get into it and don’t stop till it’s done.”

How do you think Icelandic audiences compare to audiences in your home countries, what jokes go over well with Icelanders vs. foreigners?
“There’s less of a wall between you and the audience here because they are more likely to run into you while you’re shopping for groceries or in the waiting room at the doctors, so in a way it kind of makes it more like you’re hanging out with the audience when you’re on stage. Icelanders aren’t as shockable as a lot of other people which is a double-edged sword. You get used to going really far with things here, then you pop back home and realize in the middle of a set ‘Oh, I shouldn’t say some of these things on a stage.’

Also in the past 5 years, the audiences have become so mixed with Icelanders and foreigners there aren’t so many noticeable differences anymore. Having said that, Icelanders will always love it when you make fun of them and their ways, probably because they have been ignored by the comedy world for so long.”

Will you charge for content like this, will people buy access or donate?
“Well, it would be great to find a way to make money off this kind of content but neither of us are 17-year-olds on Tik Tok or makeup tutorial makers on YouTube, so, for now, we will just put it out there and hope people enjoy it.”

Bonus Round: Who do you really think killed Carole Baskin’s husband?
“Hands down Carole Baskin killed her husband. She covered him in sardine oil and fed him to the tigers, so get that straight all you cool cats and kittens. #freejoexotic”

Jonathan and Kimi. Photo / Juliette Rowland

Jono and Kimi’s new series will be rolling out as you’re reading this, so stay tuned after the first episode for more!

You can find this content and more at the links below to all of Kimi Tayler and Jono Duffy’s work:

Jono:
Not in Front of My Salad Podcast
Icetrailia Podcast
Website
Instagram
Facebook

Kimi:
Instagram
Facebook
SoulFlow Comedy

The Hamburger Factory
- gourmet burgers

Ok. You’re in Iceland. Most likely for the first time.

You will probably bathe in the Blue Lagoon and take a road trip to Gullfoss and
Geysir. That’s all well and good. But neither Geysir’s nor waterfalls are
something you eat. That’s why we have 15 brilliant and creative hamburgers at
The Hamburger Factory. And they are all perfectly square. Don’t miss out on
Iceland’s most beloved hamburgers.

The Hamburger Factory is Iceland’s most innovative gourmet burger chain.
Packed with burger-craving customers since it’s opening in 2010, among the
regulars is Iceland’s best known fisherman, Eric Clapton. In our restaurants we
welcome tourists with our newspaper like menu and smiley service. They are
packed with fun items and memorable connections to Icelandic pop culture.

Locations:

Omnom Chocolate
- award-winning chocolate maker

    Omnom Chocolate is an Icelandic craft chocolate company based in Reykjavík. We produce handcrafted chocolate from organic cacao beans sourced ethically and sustainably. We’ve developed direct relationships to create premium chocolate with fine flavor cacao beans.

    Our creative flavors are carefully crafted by meticulous chocolate makers. The cacao beans are roasted, winnowed, ground, and refined into melty-smooth chocolate.

    Omnom’s process is one of constant exploration, invention, and experimentation. If it doesn’t please us, if something isn’t absolutely delicious, there’s no reason to be doing it. So, we always start with our taste buds and follow our instincts. Our team searches for the finest ingredients in the world and new ways to improve chocolate. This obsession with knowing where our ingredients come from has led us around the corner to dairy farms in the Icelandic countryside and all the way to rainforest cacao farms of Nicaragua.

    In only a few short years, we’ve grown from our 50 sq. m. petrol station space and become an award-winning chocolate maker. Now, with our headquarters in 101 Reykjavík, our chocolate is sent out around Iceland and all over the world.

    At the end of the day, our goal is to make chocolate.

     

    Alfred’s Apartments
    - gay owned an operated

      Alfred’s Apartments and Alfred’s Studios is a gay operated and owned accommodation in the heart of Reykjavik.

      Alfred’s Apartments offers spacious apartments at a good price located just around the corner from Laugavegur shopping street. You can choose the apartment starting from a Small Studio for 2 persons to a large One-bedroom Apartment with balcony for 5 persons.

      Their staff will ensure your comfort during the stay and provide the most updated information about the city, gay and night life in Reykjavik.

      Each apartment has a private bathroom with a shower, fully equipped kitchen and free Wi-Fi. Guests can buy groceries at the local grocery store 50 meters from the apartments. Because of their very central location, numerous shops, restaurants and cafés are available in the surrounding area. The Church of Hallgrimur is located 350 m from the apartments, a tourist agency is just 50 m away and the nearest gay bar is less than 5 minutes walking distance.

      Laekur hostel
      In the hostel we have dorms for 4-8 persons with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. The rooms are furnished with free internet, lockers, and a USB charger by each bed. The beds have linen provided and you can rent a towel in the cafe on the ground floor for 5 EUR.

      All the dorms are mixed with both genders. You can also book a whole room with 4-8 bunker beds.

      Blue Lagoon
      - a world of wonder

      Named by National Geographic as one of the 25 Wonders of the World, the Blue Lagoon is a shimmering expanse of warmth, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Its unique geothermal seawater comes from 2000 meters within the earth where sea and fresh water converge in a tectonic frontier of porous lava and searing heat. Propelled by extreme pressure, the water ascends to the earth’s surface, emerging enriched with silica, algae, and minerals: the elements that endow Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater with its radiant, healing properties.

      From its humble beginnings in the shadows of a geothermal power plant, Blue Lagoon has evolved into a world of wonder, now encompassing a hotel, a restaurant, a luxury lounge, a renowned line of skin care, a research center, in-water massage, and a wealth of spa and refreshment facilities.

      Achieving harmony with the volcanic landscape of Iceland’s Reykjanes lava plain, the lagoon and its surrounding architecture embody the unification of the man-made and the natural, and adhere to the highest principles of sustainability.

      Blue Lagoon. A wonder of the world. A world of wonder.

      Whales of Iceland
      - larger than life

      Whales of Iceland is the largest whale exhibition in Europe (and perhaps even the world), where guests can learn about the giants of the sea in a calm and modern environment. The permanent exhibition features whales like guests have never seen them before. It is truly a giant experience.

      Landsbankinn
      - leading financial institution

      Landsbankinn is a leading Icelandic financial institution. It offers a full range of financial services and is the market leader in the Icelandic financial service sector with the largest branch network.

      The present bank was established on 7 October 2008 but the history of its predecessor dates back to 1886. The bank is owned by the National Treasury of Iceland, which holds 98.2% of its share capital, and other shareholders who own 1.8%.

      Landsbankinn’s strategy is to provide comprehensive financial services that meet customer’s needs. It emphasizes providing exemplary service to customers, developing e-banking for their convenience, increasing the efficiency of support functions, modernizing its technology and ensuring effective utilization of its balance sheet.

      The bank’s vision is to be exemplary and its role is to be a trusted financial partner.

      Special emphasis is placed on promoting a performance-oriented culture in the bank. To follow up on the implementation of this strategy, the bank has defined key goals which are measured regularly to determine progress. These goals include, for example, customer satisfaction and loyalty, profitability, cost efficiency and the correlation between risk appetite and employee satisfaction.

      Landsbankinn wishes to lead the development of a sustainable society in Iceland by integrating economic, social and environmental concerns in its operations. The Bank aims to ensure that both its owners and society at large benefit from its activities.

      It intends to achieve this aim by building solid infrastructure and a strong team of 1.100 employees, by listening to its customers and by respecting and encouraging its employees to actively participate in their community. Landsbankinn was a founding member of Festa, a Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, and is a member of the UN Global Compact.

      Landsbankinn has been a proud sponsor of the Reykjavik Pride since it was first celebrated in Iceland.

      Dohop
      - get inspired

      Dohop allows people to find the cheapest flights available with just one click. Founded in Reykjavik in 2004, it is the only Icelandic company of its kind and quickly became the go-to tool for finding cheap flights among the locals. Dohop finds the best deals among hundreds of different airlines and online travel agencies, to make sure that the user is getting the cheapest price. Dohop also offers hotel and car rental search engines, so users can make all of their travel bookings from a single website.

      Dohop‘s specialty is finding so-called “self-connect” flight options, which can save travelers money by booking a ticket through two or more different airlines. The ability to look for these self-connect option is what sets Dohop apart from its competition, as it can save people hundreds of dollars on certain routes.

      More recently, Dohop has developed a unique product called Dohop Go!, which allows users to check for the cheapest available flights from their home airport. This tool is perfect for those who are looking for travel inspiration but are not willing to overpay for their flight ticket. Dohop Go! is now available in the Dohop Flights App, both for Android and iOS, along with its traditional flight, hotel, and car search engines. “

      Macland
      - for all your Apple needs

      From starting out as a proper startup with only a good idea and the need to change things, to becoming an established company with 6 employees. Starting from scratch and expanding organically has allowed us to love our expansion and take our customers on the ride with us.

      Macland is located at Laugavegur 23 (101, Downtown Reykjavik)
      For all your Apple needs. We are here.

      Aurora Reykjavik
      - northern lights center

        Aurora Reykjavik is a Northern Lights Center situated in downtown Reykjavík at the Old Harbor next to Icelandair Hotel Marina and Vikin Maritime Museum.

        Aurora Reykjavík is Iceland’s first educational and recreational Northern Lights Center where multimedia is used to explain when, why and how the Northern Lights work, with the highlights being large HD projection of the Aurora’s. We also share myths and legends about what our ancestor thought about those mystical lights.

        The Northern Lights Center is for all ages. Children are our favorite guests and we created the exhibition in a way that children can have a look freely and parents don’t have to worry about things being broken.

        Aurora Reykjavik offers a great selection of souvenirs that are designed and made by Icelanders along with nice little coffee corner, where you can enjoy free coffee and tea while browsing through the souvenirs or just planning your next step.

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          Ísey skyr
          - once tasted never forgotten

          Our Story
          Once upon a time, 1,100 years ago in fact, Nordic settlers began arriving in Iceland. They brought with them the skills and knowledge for producing skyr. As time passed, the know-how and recipe for this nutritious food slowly faded out elsewhere in the Nordic region. Luckily, the Icelandic skyr-making tradition continued.

          For centuries, Icelandic skyr formed a cornerstone of the national diet, helping to keep people strong in living conditions that were often harsh. On family farms countrywide, it was the women who nurtured this dairy and passing on both the recipe and the original Icelandic skyr cultures from mother to daughter.

          Ísey skyr builds on this remarkable legacy. It was some of those very same women, the recipients of their mothers’ expertise, who, around 90 years ago, taught Icelandic dairy scientists the art of skyr-making. The production process is more high-tech these days, and the quality standards more rigorous. However, the basic recipe and the use of original cultures to ferment the skimmed milk remain the same. Protein rich, fat-free, creamy and delicious – Ísey skyr is as relevant to consumers now as it was all those centuries ago.
          This is our secret and you are in on it

          You can read more about Ísey skyr on our website.

          Núðluskálin
          - noodle bar

          Núðluskálin is a small gay owned and operated fusion noodle bar.

          All of our courses are individually made from fresh ingredients and therefore highly customisable.
          We offer fully Vegan versions of all courses.
          Though originally a take-away we now seat over 30 people.

          Núðluskálin is located right in the heart of Reykjavík on Skólavörðustígur 8 (street leading up to the big Church) near the junction with Laugavegur (main street).

          Seatours
          - adventure cruise

          Ferry Baldur – the gate to the West fjords
          and VikingSushi Adventure – Bird & Nature watching Tour for everyone all year around

          The “VikingSushi Adventure” is the right boat tour for travelers who are adventurous and want to experience something new – close up to the nature seafood simply doesn’t come fresher than this! The archipelago area of the Breidafjordur Bay always surprises her visitors during winter or summer with spectacular sights. Where else you get to try delicious fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean served with soy sauce, wasabi and ginger.

          600x400-seatours-tasting

          This old volcanic area, characterized by the typical basalt formations of the islands, is the home of countless birds. Here you will also find the strongest currents in Iceland. The VikingSushi Tour takes roughly two hours and our captain is also the tour guide.

          600x400-seatours

          The VikingSushi Tour is a true adventure through incredible nature which should not be missed by any traveler to West Iceland.

          Birds, possible to spot:
          -puffins (from the middle of April until the middle of August)
          -eider ducks
          -shags
          -kittiwakes
          -fulmars
          -white-tailed eagle

          The car ferry Baldur is the bridge to the West fjords via the island Flatey
          Ferry Baldur crosses Breidafjordur Bay daily from Stykkisholmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula to Brjanslaekur in the north. A ferry ride considerably shortens the route between the south and mid-west of the country and the West Fjords region. It also gives you the opportunity to experience a floating restaurant.

          Take a stopover at the charming island Flatey when you are crossing the bay or go to a day tour to Flatey and back to Stykkishólmur. At Flatey are no cars allowed and between the houses of the 18th century you get the feeling of a journey back in time.

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