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 In 2002, Zadornov has rescinded his visa to the United States as a protest to the American athletes' flag-waving behavior at the Salt Lake City2002 Winter Olympics. As Mikhail sometimes targets Russia's top power figures, some of his sketches were rejected by state TV stations on political grounds.
If you have something against democracy, while democracy is in your land, — you're finished (TV concert, 1999)
"I do not criticize America — I criticize our [Russian] way to copy the American way of life —especially its worst side." (TV concert, 2003)
"I travel to Ukraine about three times a year now, and every time I come, I ask the guy at the train station 'What's new?' to which he always answers 'elections'. I want to buy a parrot that lives about 300 years, and officially adopt him so that at least one of my family members sees the end of the Ukrainian elections."
"Oh the Estonians have joined NATO, I'm so scared. Will we ever have time to run for our lives if the Estonians attack us?"
"I've said enough about Estonia, Latvia, Georgia, and oh yeah, I also talked about Ukraine.. Now let's talk about their government... the Americans."
"The diary of Yuri Luzhkov: 8:00 AM: Make the clouds over Moscow go away. \\ 10:00 AM: Get the clouds back to make the gay parade go away."
"Up until now, in American sports black people are the best runners, and white are the best shooters."
"Negroes is not a politically correct term - African-Americans is. Let's rename Malevich's "Black Square" into African-American Square."
"Even some American scientists have said that mankind was born near Voronezh in Russia."
"When a king silences the jester, the role of the jester is passed to the king."