|Birth name||Mikhail Manyevich Zhvanetsky|
(Russian: Михаил Маньевич Жванецкий)
|Born||6 March 1934|
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine)
|Died||6 November 2020 (aged 86)|
Mikhail Mikhaylovich Zhvanetsky (Russian: Михаи́л Миха́йлович Жване́цкий; 6 March 1934 – 6 November 2020) was a Soviet and Russian writer, satirist and performer of Jewish origin, best known for his shows targeting different aspects of the Soviet and post-Soviet everyday life.
Zhvanetsky was born in Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. His monologues and sketches were performed by Arkady Raikin, Roman Kartsev and Viktor Ilchenko. He joined the Union of Soviet Writers in 1978 and wrote several books.
Awards and honors
Zhvanetsky was granted the following honorary titles and decorated with the following orders:
- People's Artist of Russia (2012)
- People's Artist of Ukraine (народний артист України), 1999.
- Meritorious Artist of the Russian Federation (Заслуженный деятель искусств Российской Федерации), 2001
- Merited Artist of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Ukraine (заслужений діяч мистецтв Автономної Республіки Крим), 2002
- Russian Order of Merit for the Fatherland, fourth class, by President Medvedev on Zhvanetsky's 75th birthday in 2009.
- President of the International Club of Odessa
- Order of Friendship of Peoples (1994)
- Independent prize "Triumph" (1994)
- Member of the Writers' Union (1978–1991)
- Honorary Citizen of Odessa (1994)
- Member of the Presidium of the Russian Jewish Congress
- Breastplate of the Foreign Ministry of Russia "for contribution to international cooperation"
Boulevard of the Arts in Odessa was renamed Boulevard Zhvanetsky (5 April 2009).
- "Умер Михаил Жванецкий". РБК (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-11-06.
- "Михаил Жванецкий: Официальная биография (Mikhail Zhvanetsky: Official biography". Mikhail Zhvanetsky official website.
- Prokofyev, Vyacheslav (2020). Renowned Russian Satirist Zhvanetsky Dies at Age 86. The humorist delighted crowds for decades. The Moscow Times.
- Draitser, Emil (2008). Shush! Growing Up Jewish under Stalin: A Memoir. University of California Press. p. 118. ISBN 9780520942257.
- Order of the President of Ukraine on the granting of the honorary title of "Meritorious Artist of Ukraine" (in Ukrainian).
- (5931) Zhvanetskij. Minor Planet Center. International Astronomical Union.