NEWLYWED UKRAINIAN COMEDIAN HAS TIME FOR ONE LAST PERFORMANCE BEFORE JOINING THE WAR

Jun 14, 2022

By Christine Ross

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Russia’s war in Ukraine isn’t remotely funny. But Ukrainians are learning to laugh about the awfulness.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his troops are favorite targets of dark Ukrainian wartime humor. But there are boundaries. Ukrainian dead are not laughed about and the grimmest battles like the brutal siege of Mariupol are far too raw for jokes.

Stand-up comics and newlyweds Serhiy Lipko and Anastasia Zukhvala are among those using humor as a weapon and to keep spirits up.

Stand-up comics Serhiy Lipko and Anastasia Zukhvala embrace on their wedding day in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, June 11, 2022. Lipko and Zukhvala are among those using humor as a weapon, and to keep spirits up. But he’ll soon have a real weapon in his hands, because he’s going into battle. Photo Credit: (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

But Lipko will shortly be deployed as a soldier on the battlefields of Ukraine.

That country’s most famous comedian is President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a former stand up comedian and actor in the series “Servant of the People,” which airs on VISION TV.

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