It all started in the 1980s in Moscow, Russia. Well, technically
it was still the USSR. But it was almost over for the Soviet
days in Russian history.
Anyway, we were students in an engineering college and in
our free time we were writing and performing stand-up comedy
routines. We were young, funny, and ambitious and, what's
more important, full of this energy that made us absolutely
sure that we were going to make the funniest comedy TV show
ever. We were what one might call a Dreamteam
where all of us were writers, performers, directors, musicians,
designers, and dancers.
I am not sure that we made the "funniest show ever" but we
did numerous theater and television comedy
programs. Our variety stage shows had several successful
national tours in Russia, Ukraine and Belorussia. As for our
TV shows, most of them were made in the style of the British
Monty Python Show and American Saturday Night Live and were
among the most popular shows on the Russian television of
that time. Besides national television, some of our segments
were shown on various broadcast channels in Europe, Australia
and North America.
Overall, my broadcast track of the 1980's included production
of over 20 series and specials including comedy, children,
game and variety programs shown on the Soviet National Television.