What Happened to Ylvis? The Norwegian Comedy Duo Behind “The Fox” Song

What Happened to Ylvis? One-hit wonders that go viral from artists who appear out of nowhere and become hugely famous on the internet are an interesting phenomenon. These songs are everywhere for a few weeks or even months. About a year or two later, playing the song at a party is seen as rude until the right level of “throwback” is met.

One of these artists is Ylvis, which is made up of brothers Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker. In November 2023, fans started to worry that Bård might have died. But what did happen? What has Ylvis been doing since their 2013 hit song?

Who are Ylvis?

The Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis is made up of brothers Vegard and Bård Ylvisåker. They started working as professional variety artists in 2000. Since then, they’ve been in comedy events, variety shows, TV shows, radio shows, and music videos in many countries.

What Happened to Ylvis?

They were the hosts of the Norwegian talk show Tonight with Ylvis from 2011 to 2016. In September 2013, their song and music video for “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” went viral on YouTube. It was written and made for the talk show.

What Happened to Ylvis?

In November 2023, the Norwegian network VGTV showed a video of Bård’s funeral, where he was seen lying in a coffin in front of a lot of people dressed in black. This led to rumors that the “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” singer had died.

A full band of singers, led by Maria Mena, starts to play for the guests to the right of his body. There is an eerie and soulful version of the silly song on this album. It is sung with the same serious sincerity that Michael Caine showed as Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol.

And while Mena or any of the other singers never smiled during the performance, you couldn’t say that about the people who came to the artist’s funeral.

That most likely means one of these:

(A) Some people at the singer’s funeral were glad to see her go.

B) Proof of what a hit “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” is

(C) Norwegians either have weird funeral practices or a really bad sense of humor.

(D) The funeral was fake, Bård is still alive, and the movie was a funny dark moment.

The last pick could also be expanded to include the idea that Ylvis might be making a broader point about the life cycle of viral one-hit wonder songs in general.

Indeed, Bård is still alive; after the show, he got out of the coffin, stood up, and did an interview.

It’s hard to imagine that someone would watch the video and see all the laughing people watching and recording the performance and think that Bård died. However, some pictures could have been taken from the video that would make people think he did.

What Happened to Ylvis?

People wouldn’t just believe that he died if they saw pictures of him in his coffin; Marina Mena posted a bunch of pictures on Instagram that show how far the video production went to make it look and feel like a real funeral.

In her post, she includes a picture of a book in memoriam that has Bård’s face on it along with his fake birth and death year. In another picture, she is holding up the same picture on a painting that looks like a funeral portrait.

The other pictures in the post, on the other hand, are more happy and don’t say “rest in peace.”

What is the Famous Ylvis From “What Does the Fox Say” Doing Now?

After their huge hit in 2013, the brothers kept making music and in 2014 released their first record. They also kept performing on Norwegian TV, which is where they first became famous. In 2018, they even put out a documentary series that turned news stories into songs. They started making shows for VGTV in 2022.

The guys also share a lot of funny videos and funny social media posts, along with clips of their musical acts and long love letters for the song that became a worldwide hit. This great video of a lost McDonald’s hamburger traveling the world to find their family is a great example. It’s set to a sad instrumental version of “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)”

Yes, viral songs and other popular songs can get annoying after a while. But Ylvis seems to be thankful for what they’re best known for while also showing that they can stick to a bit.


Ylvis, a Norwegian comedy duo, gained fame after their 2013 hit song “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” went viral. In November 2023, rumors of Bård Ylvis’ death were raised after a video of him lying in a coffin was shown on VGTV.

Despite the fake funeral, Bård remained alive and did an interview after the show. The brothers continue to make music, perform on Norwegian TV, and have even released a documentary series. They also share funny videos and social media posts, sharing their musical acts and love letters for the song.

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