Jonas Gardell

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Jonas Gardell
Melodifestivalen 2018, Jonas Gardell.jpg
Gardell in 2018
Born
Lars Jonas Holger Gardell

(1963-11-02) 2 November 1963 (age 55)
Täby, Sweden
NationalitySwedish
OccupationAuthor, playwright, comedian, artist
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Mark Levengood (m. 2011)
Children2
RelativesMattias Gardell (brother)

Lars Jonas Holger Gardell (born 2 November 1963) is a Swedish novelist, playwright, screenwriter and comedian. He is the brother of religion scholar Mattias Gardell. He is well known for his books and plays in all of Scandinavia and also published in Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Poland.[citation needed]

Early career[edit]

Jonas Gardell (right) with husband Mark Levengood at Stockholm Pride parade 2006

Gardell's first novel, Passionsspelet (The Passion Play), was published in 1985. Since then, he has written some ten novels, including En Komikers Uppväxt (A Comedian Growing Up), which became a TV series. He has also written several other books, nine plays and two screenplays that were made into movies, including Livet är en schlager (Life Is A Schlager). His novels are not yet available in English. He wrote and performed himself the song Aldrig ska jag sluta älska dig, which was performed by Bergström in the film.

Later years[edit]

In 2006, more than 20 years after his first novel was published, Gardell is one of Sweden's most famous stand-up comedians. Well known to be openly gay, Gardell is married to the Finnish-Swedish-American writer and TV presenter Mark Levengood, with whom he has two children by female friends. Gardell performed his own play Tillfällig gäst i ditt liv (Temporary guest in your life) (2007) at the Scala Theater in Stockholm.

In 2013 Gardell was elected "Homo Bi Trans Person of the Year" at the Swedish Gay Gala, notably for the book Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar (Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves). His prize was presented to him by the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria, whom Gardell thanked with the words: "Victoria, you are our Crown Princess, but tonight I think that I'm our little queen" - this went down well with the Crown Princess, whom Gardell knows well. His husband Levengood hosts the immensely popular "Victoria Dagen" every year at the Swedish island of Öland, when the Swedes celebrate Crown Princess Victoria's birthday on 14 July.

He participated in Melodifestivalen 2018.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 1979 – Den tigande talar
  • 1985 – Passionsspelet
  • 1986 – Odjurets tid
  • 1987 – Präriehundarna
  • 1988 – Vill gå hem
  • 1990 – Fru Björks öden och äventyr
  • 1992 – En komikers uppväxt
  • 1993 – Mormor gråter och andra texter
  • 1995 – Frestelsernas berg
  • 1997 – Isbjörnarna. Cheek to cheek. Människor i solen (tre pjäser)
  • 1998 – Så går en dag ifrån vårt liv och kommer aldrig åter
  • 1998 – Oskuld och andra texter
  • 2001 – Ett ufo gör entré
  • 2003 – Om Gud
  • 2006 – Jenny
  • 2009 – Om Jesus
  • 2011 – Har man inget liv får man köpa ett som alla andra: Samlade visdomsord 2010-2011
  • 2012 – Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar: 1, Kärleken
  • 2013 – Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar: 2, Sjukdomen
  • 2013 – Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar: 3, Döden

Singles[edit]

SWE
"Aldrig ska jag sluta älska dig" 2000 Non-album singles
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
SWE
"Det finns en väg" 2018 Non-album singles

References[edit]