Mikhail Nikolayevich Zadornov

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Mikhail Zadornov
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Birth name Mikhail Nikolayevich Zadornov
Born (1948-07-21) July 21, 1948 (age 66)
Jūrmala, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Years active 1974 – present
Genres Satire
Website http://www.zadornov.net/

Mikhail Nikolayevich Zadornov (Russian: Михаи́л Никола́евич Задо́рнов; born July 21, 1948 in Jūrmala, Latvian SSR, USSR) is a Soviet and Russian stand-up comedian and writer. Zadornov was born in an artistic family, his father Nikolai Zadornov was a notable writer from Riga. Mikhail Zadornov graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute, however, in the early 1980s he started a career as a humorist instead of an engineer.


A recurring theme in Zadornov's humour is national stereotype and national mentality. He often satirically compares Russian traditions and lifestyle with that of other nations, especially Americans and former Soviet countries. Zadornov sharply mocks westernization in both Russia and abroad. In 2002, Zadornov rescinded his visa to the United States as a protest to the American athletes' flag-waving behavior at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics.[1] As Mikhail sometimes targets Russia's top power figures, some of his sketches were rejected by state TV stations on political grounds.

He supports the revisionist fringe theory that the Russian language descends from the Vedas and Etruria, put forward by philologist Valery Chudinov. Since 2006, Zadornov incorporated Chudinov-style wordplay into his sketches, based on folk etymology. Zadornov is familiar with Internet and often quotes jokes found in the Web or e-mailed by fans.


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