Aleksandr Tsekalo

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Aleksandr Tsekalo
Александр Цекало.jpg
Born (1961-03-22) 22 March 1961 (age 58)
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
OccupationTelevision host • Comedian • Actor • Musician • Producer
Years activeSince 1986
Spouse(s)Viktoria Tsekalo

Aleksandr Yevgenyevich Tsekalo (Russian: Алекса́ндр Евге́ньевич Цека́ло, Ukrainian: Олександр Євгенович Цекало; born 22 March 1961 in Kiev) is a Soviet and Russian musician, actor, radio and TV host.[1] Founder of production company Sreda, he is active in television since 1986. Tsekalo is a TV host in Minute of Fame and Big Difference.


Aleksandr Tsekalo was born on March 22, 1961 in Kiev, in the family of thermal engineers Yevgeny Borisovich Tsekalo (March 11, 1931 - May 2007[2]), who was Ukrainian, and Elena Leonidovna Volkova (March 24, 1933 – 2000), who was Jewish.[3][2][4]

He learned to play the piano and the guitar and already at school tried himself in concert activity, creating the group "ONO". He participated in amateur performances and theatrical productions.[1]

After graduating from the Kiev School in 1978 with an in-depth study of English No. 89,[4] Tsekalo entered the correspondence department of the Leningrad Technological Institute of the Pulp and Paper Industry; at the same time he worked in Kiev as a fitter and adjuster and also played in amateur theater.

In 1979 he created the quartet "Shlyapa". Later, at the invitation of the Kiev Variety and Circus School, along with other members of the quartet entered the second year. In 1982 he graduated externally from the Leningrad Technological Institute of the Pulp and Paper Industry,[5] worked in the chemical laboratory, as a locksmith, later at the Kyiv stage theater as a stage installer, and as a lighting technician.[4]

After graduating from college in 1985, he began working at the Odessa Philharmonic Theater,[1] then with his first wife Alyona Shyferman at the Odessa Variety Theater "Sharzh" from Ilya Noyabryov.[6] In 1985, together with Lolita Milyavskaya, Tsekalo formed the cabaret-duet "Akademiya", and in 1989 they arrived in Moscow. The duo performed on the stage, in clubs and restaurants, and by the mid-1990s, "Akademiya" became one of the most popular actor ensembles.

By his own admission, in parallel with the variety career in the 1990s he was engaged in political campaign managing,[7] in particular, in 1991 he was engaged in the elections of the mayor of the French city, as a result of which the candidate whom Tsekalo supported won.[8]

In 1996, together with Lolita Milyavskaya began to conduct the program "Good morning, country!". After the collapse of the cabaret duet "Akademiya" in 2000, Tsekalo participated in a number of television projects, including the popular series of musical films "Old Songs on the Main" (played in the third and fourth parts, and also directed and scripted a live version of the television project),[9] voiced the film "Private Chronicles. Monologue".

In 2000, Alexander Tsekalo played the main role in Tigran Keosayan's film "Silver Lily of the Valley", for which he wrote and performed the song "Istoriya". In 2007, this song was performed by Filipp Kirkorov and was included in his album For You.[10]

Until February 2003 he was the executive producer of the musical Nord-Ost,[11] then - the general producer of the company "Russian Musical", the director of the musical "12 chairs".[12]

From September 2002 to 2005 he held the post of executive producer of entertainment programs of the department of own production of the STS channel.[13] From 2005 to 2006 - the general producer of STS.[1] From August 1, 2006 to June 1, 2007 - Director of the department of entertainment programs of the STS.[14] He was fired after the conflict with the general director of the channel, Alexander Rodnyansky: the latter was dissatisfied with the fact that Tsekalo, as a staff member of the STS, worked as a leading music contest "Two Stars" on Channel One, while Tsekalo himself did not accept the financial terms proposed to him.[15]

From 2006 to 2014 and from 2017 - the presenter of the Channel One ("Two Stars", Minute of Fame, Big Difference, Prozhektorperiskhilton). From June 25, 2007 to July 30, 2008 - Deputy General Director, Director of the Directorate of Special Projects "Channel One".[16][17]

In 2008 he founded Sreda, which since its inception has become one of the most significant television production companies in Russia.[18]

In 2014, he made his debut as a journalist, interviewing the director of the directorate of the cinema channel "Channel One" Sergei Titinkov and the general producer of TNT Alexander Dulerain for the magazine GQ[19] and with his sister-in-law Vera Brezhneva for the magazine Interview.[20]

In addition, Tsekalo appeared as the director of creative evenings of Igor Krutogo (also a screenwriter and presenter), the Kinotavr festival[21] (также являлся сценаристом и ведущим[22] (also the host),[23] the Silver Galosh prize[24] (also a host),[25] solo concerts by Angelica Varum[9] (also made a video for the song "Whistle Man")[26] and Alsou[27] (also took part in preparing Alsou for the Eurovision Song Contest,[28] where the singer took the second place),[29] in addition, he was the artistic director of the award ceremony of the TEFI 2006 award,[30] as a model and participated in the avant-garde exhibition of artists Dmitry Vrubel and Victoria Timofeeva "Orgy of Humanism",[31] in addition, he was the host of the concert version of the CTC "Leningrad Stand-Up Club",[32] the award of the magazine "" "TOP 50. The most famous people of Petersburg"[33] and the weddings of ballerina Anastasia Volochkova and businessman Igor Vdovin.[34]

Together with Ivan Urgant, Tsekalo owns the restaurant "The Sad" in Moscow on the Yakimanskaya Embankment,[35] and also in late 2010, together with Alexei Bokov and Alexander Orlov, opened the restaurant "Chichibio".[36]

Selected filmography[edit]




  1. ^ a b c d "Биография Александра Цекало" [Biography of Aleksandr Tsekalo]. RIA Novosti.
  2. ^ a b "Трагедия в семье Александра Цекало". KM.RU — информационный мультипортал. 2007-05-31.
  3. ^ Александру Цекало — 50 лет! //
  4. ^ a b c "Александр Цекало". Krasny Kvadrat.
  5. ^ "Выдающиеся выпускники университета". Higher School of Technology and Energy.
  6. ^ "Комик-группа "Шарж"". Viktor Andrienko.
  7. ^ Andrei Vandenko (2012-11-19). "Есть ли жизнь в телевизоре". Itogi. Archived from the original on 2017-12-19. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  8. ^ "Александр Цекало: "Сделать пародию на Ваню Урганта кое-кому удается, а вот на меня — никак не получается"". Fakty i Kommentarii.
  9. ^ a b "Александр Цекало: "Трачу деньги на еду и телефон"". Argumenty i Fakty. 2002-06-11.
  10. ^ "Филипп Киркоров: "Пугачёва остаётся моей музой"". 2007-11-07.
  11. ^ "Предстоящая премьера мюзикла "Норд-Ост"". Echo of Moscow. 2001-10-04.
  12. ^ ""12 стульев" расставили в Нью-Васюках". Kommersant. 2003-07-31.
  13. ^ "Генеральный продюсер канала "1+1" Александр Роднянский: "Александр Цекало заменил мне весь производственный департамент"". Fakty i Kommentarii.
  14. ^ "СТС разделил шоу и ситкомы". 2006-08-07.
  15. ^ "Александр Цекало займется спецпроектами на Первом канале". 2007-06-26.
  16. ^ "Александр Цекало назначен заместителем Генерального директора Первого канала". Channel One Russia. 2007-06-25.
  17. ^ "Александр Цекало уволился с поста замгендиректора "Первого канала"". Kommersant. 2008-07-30.
  18. ^ "О компании "Среда"". Association of Film and Television Producers.
  19. ^ "Александр Цекало расспросил телевизионных начальников ТНТ и Первого канала о сериалах". Broadcasting. 2014-09-01.
  20. ^ "Вера Брежнева: "На музыкальном рынке не хватало меня"". Interview. 2014-10-23.
  21. ^ "Незаконченный роман Игоря Крутого". Novy Vzglyad. 1997-04-10.
  22. ^ ""Академики" расскажут о сотворении мира песен Игоря Крутого". Novy Vzglyad. 1998-09-18.
  23. ^ "Новый "Кинотавр"". Novye Izvestia. 2005-06-06.
  24. ^ "Александр Цекало станет режиссёром "Серебряной калоши"". InterMedia. 2002-06-09.
  25. ^ ""Серебру" вручили две "Серебряных калоши"". Комсомольская правда. 2007-06-28.
  26. ^ "1992 — «Человек-свисток»". Anzhelika Varum.
  27. ^ "В начале века, или Алсу по-севастопольски". Первая Крымская информационно-аналитическая газета. 2013-07-11. Archived from the original on 2017-08-11. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  28. ^ "Александр Цекало: Телеканалы меняются в лучшую сторону, это неизбежно". Trud. 2017-07-29.
  29. ^ "Российские участники "Евровидения" за всю историю конкурса. Досье". Argumenty i Fakty. 2013-05-14.
  30. ^ ""ТЭФИ" в стиле Цекало". 2006-11-28.
  31. ^ "Цекало не тонет". Коммерсантъ. 2001-05-27.
  32. ^ "В Петербурге прошел концерт "Ленинградского Stand-Up Клуба"". Petersburg – Channel 5]. 2015-04-05.
  33. ^ "Состоялась церемония вручения премии "ТОП 50"". 2014-05-30.
  34. ^ "Звезда эпатажа. Как балерина Волочкова превратилась в светскую львицу". Argumenty i Fakty. 2017-01-20.
  35. ^ "Иван Ургант и Александр Цекало открыли ресторан". Tatler. 2011-02-11.
  36. ^ "Открытие ресторана "Chichibio"". Production agency «BokovFactory».

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