Much like former Saturday Night Live member turned U.S. Senator
Franken, the newly elected Mayor of Reykjavik is a comedian and TV actor
with little political experience. But unlike Franken, who long ago
abandoned joke-writing to seriously embrace politics, Icelandic funny
man Jon Gnarr isn't drawing a line between his comedic and political
lives. In fact, Gnarr, whose "Best Party" swept the elections for
Reykjavik City Council, seems to consider his mayoral duties an
extension of his comedy act. Here are the funniest--or, if you live in
Reykjavik and were hoping for serious governance, scariest--details from
of Gnarr by the New York Times' Sally McGrane
"With his party having won 6 of the City Council's 15 seats, Mr. Gnarr
needed a coalition partner, but ruled out any party whose members had
not seen all five seasons of 'The Wire.'"
- Gnarr "promised a
classroom of kindergartners he would build a Disneyland at the airport."
Best Party, whose members include a who's who of Iceland's punk rock
scene, formed a coalition with the center-left Social Democrats."
"foreign relations experience includes a radio show in which he
regularly crank-called the White House, the C.I.A., the F.B.I. and
police stations in the Bronx to see if they had found his lost wallet."
explains Gnarr's economic stimulus plan: An "idea to attract more
tourists by attaining spa status for the city's public pools, which have
seawater and sulfur baths. For accreditation under certain European
Union rules, however, a spa has to offer free towels, so that became a
- "The campaign released a popular video set to
Tina Turner's 'The Best,' in which Mr. Gnarr posed with a stuffed polar
bear and petted a rock, while joining his supporters in singing about
the Best Party. "
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