show_name = Pulttibois
caption = Herra 47 ("Mr 47" on the left, played by Pirkka-Pekka Petelius) trying to get into a restaurant. Aake Kalliala on the right.
format = Sketch Comedy
runtime = approx. 22 minutes
Pirkka-Pekka Petelius Aake Kalliala
Pirkka-Pekka Petelius Aake Kalliala
language = Finnish
num_episodes = 58
imdb_id = 0348986
Finglishfor "Bolt Boys"; also a play on words of "pultti pois" - "to have a screw loose") was a popular Finnish sketch comedytelevision show that premiered on MTV3in 1989 and which starred a two-man cast of comedic actors - Pirkka-Pekka Peteliusand Aake Kalliala. Both Petelius and Kalliala previously had been known for their work on YLEsketch comedies during the 1980s. In "Pulttibois", Petelius and Kalliala created a compilation of 'over the top' sketches that were often scorned by critics, but loved by television viewers. In fact, the show had a large cult following.
"Pulttibois" featured characters that had been modified from those originated in Petelius and Kalliala's previous shows, such as the jolly drunk Laplanders and the over-emotional gentlemen, but also emphasized original characters. In addition, impersonations of celebrities were not uncommon, but were never considered the trademark of the show. For example, one popular sketch had Petelius and Kalliala impersonate singers by dressing up as them and then subsequently
lip-synching in front of a computer-generated background. The singers chosen for these impersonations ranged from popular Finnish artists of various eras to foreign (particularly American) artists.
Three seasons of the show were made between 1989 and 1991, after which the show ended. It was succeeded by the less popular "Manitbois", which saw the return of many of the characters from "Pulttibois", as well as the singer imitations. However, the more popular characters from the original show were noticeably absent, such as the bizarre and easily startled Apuvatyyppi (HELP!-guy a.k.a. "James Potkukelkka", performed by Petelius), which had been known for yelling APUVA (corrupted version of the Finnish word for help - "apua").
Since the end of "Manitbois", Petelius and Kalliala mostly have moved on to more serious drama and movies. However, Petelius still occasionally stars in humorous advertisements and sitcoms, while Kalliala's last comedic performance was in the movie "" (produced by "Porkkana Ryhmä" - founders of the
Kummelicomedy troupe) in 1997. Furthermore, Kalliala is due to appear in the new Kummeli movie "Jackpot", where he is reportedly the highest-paid actor on the production.
"Pulttibois" can still be seen in reruns on MTV3 and
SubTV. In addition, episodes of the show have been released recently onto DVD.
* Starting with the show's second season, the theme song became
MARRS' 1987 hit Pump up the Volume, which is still associated in Finland with the show.
* The series' production was overseen and supported by
Spede Pasanen. This led to the most absolute guideline of the show which meant that no swearing or adult humour was to be used.
* The character played by Kalliala, who always saves the Apuva!-guy, was revealed to having a name in one episode. His name is Niilo Olli Hääppönen or "N. O. Hääppönen", which is pronounced "en oo hääppönen", a play on the words "I'm not much".
* At the beginning of the show's third season the Apuva!-guy's yell was changed to "hjelpivä" derived from the Swedish word for "hjelp". In an interview Petelius said that this was due to critics saying that due to the popularity of the character no-one would any longer take a cry of help (apua) seriousFact|date=February 2007.
* In one of the lip sync sketches Kalliala lip-synched to the song "Elaine" which was performed by Petelius during his stint on the popular YLE sketch show
Velipuolikuu. Petelius in turn portrayed the role of the famous Finnish accordionist Pedro Hietanen. Additionally Kalliala's performance as Kirkawho also guest-starred in one episode has become legendary.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Spede Pasanen — Pertti Olavi Spede Pasanen (born April 10 1930 in Kuopio ndash; died September 7 2001 in Kirkkonummi) was a Finnish film director and producer, comedian, humorist, TV personality and practitioner of gags. During his career he directed, wrote,… … Wikipedia
Kummeli — is the name of a Finnish comedy crew formed by Heikki Silvennoinen, Timo Kahilainen and Heikki Hela from Tampere. They are also the heads of Porkkana Ryhmä , the crew s production company. Other famous members have included Olli Keskinen, better… … Wikipedia
Studio Julmahuvi — Julmahuvi (julma = cruel; huvi = fun) is the name of a group of comedic actors which created several comical TV series and mockumentaries for the Finnish TV channels YLE 1 and MTV3. Julmahuvi collectively are Tommi Korpela, Jukka Rasila, Janne… … Wikipedia
Pirkka-Pekka Petelius — Infobox actor imagesize = 150px name = Pirkka Pekka Petelius birthdate = birth date and age|1953|5|31 birthplace = Tornio, Finland occupation = actor, screenwriter awards = Special Venla 1989 Special Telvis 1997 HUIPS 2004, for lifetime… … Wikipedia
Romano TV — (previously Manne TV ) is a 12 episode sketch show based around common stereotypes and misconceptions Finnish people have of the Gypsy minorities. It ran from 2. June to 18. August 2007 on YLE.The show was propelled by the excitable performances… … Wikipedia
List of Finnish television series — An A Z list of television series produced in Finland and the date of first airing: * 10 Finnish Architects: An Outsider s View (2003) (mini) * 112 auttajat (1999) * 30 luvun mies (1969) * 4Pop (2003) * 50 pientä minuuttia (1967) * 6pack (2008) *… … Wikipedia