"I am a sad person who makes people laugh"
Mr. Zhvanetsky's gift of a satirist was honed in the streets of Odessa, the city in Ukraine that gave us a host of comedians and satire writers. Mr. Zhvanetsky dedicated to his "alma mater" a whole book appropriately titled My Odessa. For many years now he has been the true king of the satirical stage, and was recently made President of the Golden Duke, an International Comedy Film Festival in Odessa. Zhvanetsky is the Honorary Citizen of his home town now.
Dozens of cities in Russia and abroad have welcomed the "man with a portfolio" with standing ovations, be it Carnegie Hall in the New York City or numerous universities in the United States, Israel and other countries. In 1994 Mikhail Zhvanetsky was awarded the Order of the Friendship of People, one of the highest awards in the Russian Federation.