Long before bravely defending his country from Russian invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had quite the incredible entertainment career, which the internet has been really loving.
He voiced Paddington Bear in the Ukrainian dub version of the beloved 2014 film, which prompted approval from that film’s star Hugh Bonneville. He took part in the Ukrainian Dancing with the Stars back in 2006, showcasing some serious sashaying moves.
He starred in the political comedy series Servant of the People which – get this – saw Zelenskyy play an unexpected Ukrainian President who’s elected after a video of him ranting about corruption in the government goes viral. Life is stranger than fiction etc etc.
Zelenskyy’s most ridiculous performance, however, involves his genitals: in 2016, he recreated a sketch from Servant of the People, playing a song on a piano with his penis. Yes, his penis. He even performed the routine in front of a huge live audience, who wildly lapped up the talent of Zelenskyy’s swishing genitals.
And he picked an interesting song for the occasion, playing a version of the classic Jewish celebratory anthem ‘Hava Nagila’ (Zelenskyy’s parents are Jewish and I wonder if they watched it).
Take a look below and try to imagine this happening in any other country. Boris Johnson appeared many times on the British panel show Have I Got News For You and Donald Trump infamously hosted The Apprentice, but neither ever whipped out their little gentlemen to play a famous folk song.
In serious Zelenskyy news, Ukraine and Russia are holding talks near the Belarusian border in a bid to find peace midst the latter’s invasion. The talks are reportedly being held without preconditions and are the result of a phone call between Zelenskyy and his Belarusian counterpart.
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