Harald Meldal Eia (born 9 February 1966) is a Norwegian comedian, sociologist and documentarian.
Together with Bård Tufte Johansen, he has been author of, and participated in, several successful Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation comedy TV series, such as Lille Lørdag (1995), Åpen Post (1998–2002), Uti vår hage (2003), Team Antonsen (2004), Tre brødre som ikke er brødre (2005), Uti vår hage 2 (2008), and Storbynatt, as well as the radio comedy shows Herreavdelingen (1997) and Tazte priv (2004–2005). Popular characters include "Lena" (a parody of the character from Døden på Oslo S) and Oslolosen. He has also performed stand-up comedy and theatresports and had supporting roles in Norwegian films, including Detector (2000) and United (2003).
Eia was born in Bærum. He graduated with a Candidate's degree in sociology at the University of Oslo in 1992, with the thesis Lidende ledere og kompetente kalkulatører. Næringslivsfolks symbolske kamper, which in English translates as Suffering leaders and competent calculators. The symbolic struggles of business people.
In 2010, he introduced a television show called Hjernevask ("Brainwash") which contrasted cultural determinist models of human behavior (also referred to as the Standard social science model) with nature-nurture interactionist perspectives. Several of those who were interviewed for the show criticized the show publicly both before and after the airing, and this ignited a wide public discussion on the subject of the nature versus nurture debate. Especially the question of gender, and what is referred to as the gender paradox (the fact that although Norwegian women have a high level of participation within the workforce, more so than most countries, the Norwegian job market remains highly segregated in terms of gender) has provoked controversy.
For Hjernevask, he was awarded the Fritt Ord Honorary Award in 2010.
Harald Eia is awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute for, through the programme Brainwash, having precipitated one of the most heated debates on research in recent times.— The Fritt Ord Foundation
List of appearances
|1995–1996||Lille lørdag||with Bård Tufte Johansen|
|1998–2002||Åpen post||with Bård Tufte Johansen|
|2003||Uti vår hage||with Bård Tufte Johansen and Atle Antonsen|
|2004||Team Antonsen||with Bård Tufte Johansen, Atle Antonsen and Kristopher Schau|
|2005||Tre brødre som ikke er brødre||with Bård Tufte Johansen and Atle Antonsen|
|2008||Uti vår hage 2||with Bård Tufte Johansen and Atle Antonsen|
|2010||Storbynatt||with Bård Tufte Johansen|
|2012||Brille||with Bård Tufte Johansen|