Maxim Galkin

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Maxim Galkin

Maxim Galkin (Russian: Максим Галкин; b. 18 June 1976 in Moscow) is a Russian comedian.[1]

Biography[edit]

He first became famous as an impersonator and is known for his talent at parody and his duets with the famous Russian pop singer Alla Pugacheva and Ani Lorak.

Galkin was also the host of the Russian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?,[1][2] after it was renamed from O, Schastlivchik (Oh, Lucky Man) and to 2008. He currently hosts the Russian adaptation of The Million Pound Drop.

During his University years Galkin appeared in KVN, the Russian youth stand-up comedy competition, which kickstarted his career. Recently, he acted as a judge on the show.

Galkin and Pugacheva are hosts of a Russian TV show similar to But Can They Sing?, Dve Zvezdy (Two Stars). Pairs made up of a professional singer and a celebrity compete for the honour of being named Two Stars. Famous alumnae include the singers Zhasmin, Alsou and Nastya Kamenskikh.

Maksim had a very classical and strict upbringing. His mother was a teacher, and he finished music and math school, and knows four languages, Russian, English, German and French. He is a gradúate of the Russian State University of the Humanities.

Galkin is one of the few comedians currently performing an impression, albeit 'light-hearted', of President Vladimir Putin, notoriously sensitive to humorous depictions of himself, on Russia's Channel One TV channel."[3]

Personal life[edit]

Since 2001, Maxim Galkin was romantically involved with the venerated Soviet and Russian singer Alla Pugacheva. On December 24, 2011, the couple got married, despite the significant age gap.[4]

On September 18, 2013 Maxim Galkin and Alla Pugacheva became the biological parents of twins (using a surrogate mother) - Elizaveta and Harry.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Beumers, Birgit. Pop culture Russia!: media, arts, and lifestyle. ABC-CLIO, Inc. p. 35. ISBN 1-85109-459-8. 
  2. ^ "Bio at IMdb". Retrieved Sep 19, 2009. 
  3. ^ Bratersky, Alexander (Jan 14, 2010). "New Cartoon Show Puts Putin Among Men". Moscow Time. Retrieved Jan 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ "News article in Russian". Mail.ru. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 

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