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Otto Jespersen (born 21 July 1954) is a controversial Norwegianmarker comedian. He started on local radio, Radio Nova in Oslomarker. In 1988 he, together with collaborators Stig Holmer and Charlo Halvorsen, launched the magazine Revolvermagasinet on Norwegian national radio. This, a nighttime, edgy show, featured satire and unusual interviews. In 1992 Jespersen, Holmer and Halvorsen teamed up for The Show - storbymoro for enslige i Utkant-Norge on national television. The Show became the Norwegian candidate for the Rose d'Or in 1993, but several judges left the theatre before the program was over.

During the 1994 Winter Olympics he was hired as stunt reporter for Norwegian national television, resulting in accolades and fame, which prompted his creation of the first of the four O.J. series, in which Jespersen interviewed celebrities and later created several well-known characters scuh as Tårnfrid, Wirrum, Den ensomme rytter, Baron Blod, Nazi-Per, Birger and Friskusen as well as . He has also made two seasons of Trotto Libre together with Trond Kirkvaag.

In 2002 he joined fellow comedians Silje Stang and Thomas Giertsen to host the weekly comedy show Torsdagsklubben gaining a reputation for his scathing closing monologue. Stang and Giertsen had formerly run the same show concept under the name Mandagsklubben.

The most controversial incident came in the fall of 2002 when Jespersen's closing monologue targeted the Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, ridiculing Bondevik's medication use and his unpopularity. He finished the program by encouraging 'all good forces' to invite Christer Pettersson, a suspect in the murder of Swedishmarker Prime Minister Olof Palme, to Oslo. Bondevik denounced the monologue in an interview calling it cowardly and distasteful, sparking debate about the monologue in Norway. In the wake of the controversy, Jespersen received a number of death threats.

In one of his monologues he satirically "supported" the coming 2003 invasion of Iraq and slowly burned an American flag on the air. When Jespersen heard the audience's response (of mostly booing and gasping, but also some laughter, since his monologue was performed with an air of romantic nationalism and patriotism), he turned around to see the flag on fire and then closed the show with the lines "Oh. No, this was wrong. See you next time." In spring of 2006, Jespersen burned the Old Testament but refused to burn the Qur’an, stressing that he wanted to live longer than next week.

In 2008, when Jespersen satirically mourned the fleas and lice on Holocaust victims, a Jerusalem Post opinion article decried TV2's defense of this incident, using it as an example of growing anti-Semitism and anti-Israelismmarker in Norway.

His most recent show, called "Rikets Røst", first aired in early 2005. Among the show's recurring contributors are and were Zahid Ali, a Norwegian-Pakistanimarker comedian; Pia Haraldsen, widely known for her interview with New York City Council member James Oddo; and Espen Eckbo, an actor.


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