Fredrik Skavlan

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Fredrik Skavlan (born 2 September 1966) is a Norwegian journalist, cartoonist and TV personality.

From 1998 to 2007 he hosted Norway's most popular talk show Først & sist (First & Last), which attracted more than one million viewers every Friday evening. He won the 1999 Norwegian Television Award for best host. After taking a break from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation he was persuaded to host his own show for SVT in the spring of 2009, "Skavlan". In Sweden the show received mixed criticism. The negative criticism often suggest that Skavlan mainly lives on his international guest stars, (for instance Jimmy Wales visited the show in November 2013), and that he isn't a great interviewer. Skavlan did win the Swedish Television Award for Best Television Host, the first Norwegian to do so. In the autumn of 2009 the program started broadcasting on both the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and SVT. Since autumn 2013 the show is also broadcast on the Danish secondary channel DR2. Danish criticism has been absent so far.

Skavlan originally worked as a journalist and cartoonist for several Norwegian newspapers, including Morgenbladet and Dagbladet. He has also illustrated several books, including Unni Lindell's children's book Nifse Nella og nattskolen (Spooky Stella and the Night School) (2008).

Notable guests on his TV show have included Agnetha Fältskog, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Paul McCartney, Bill Clinton, Nicole Kidman, Desmond Tutu, Al Gore, Robbie Williams, Leonard Cohen, Liv Ullmann, Rihanna, Kofi Annan, Eddie Izzard, Robyn, Pelé, Tom Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Mark Knopfler, John Cleese, Meat Loaf, Wyclef Jean, Terry Jones, Melody Gardot, Marianne Faithfull, Vince Vaughn, Shakira, Jamie Oliver and The Jacksons.

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