Podcast #16: Is there an English comedy scene in Moscow? You bet there is!

Humor is Art
May 4, 2017 · 2 min read
Photo: English Moscow Comedy

*** This blog and podcast are usually in German, but since the interview is in English I did the intro and show notes in English, too. ***

Meet the English Moscow Comedy scene

When I was in Moscow two years ago, I went to see an English Language Comedy-Open-Mic at the Jim ‚N‘ Jack’s Bar. And it was awesome. It reminded me so much on the time when we had only a few comedy shows a month in Berlin. Those guys were super friendly and open, so I came back and even did a short comedy set at their show.

A year later I still kept in contact with Gleb and Igor, two organizers from the English comedy scene in Moscow and much has changed since then! They have expanded their shows to improv and panel shows and the scene has gotten much more recognition (check out the top photo! The show is packed!). So I invited them to come on the podcast to let you guys know about what’s happening to comedy in Moscow!


We talked about:

  • How Gleb and Igor got into comedy (they share their first punchlines)
  • Why they turned away from mainstream comedy in Russia
  • What the typical punchlines of expats are in Moscow
  • What people like to hear at shows in Russia
  • How the concept expanded to improv and panel shows
  • What happened when a russian police-man got onto the stage
  • And why you should definitely visit every opening of a new metro station in Moscow (you will get the joke, if you listen to the first minutes of the podcast, hehe)

If you want to get in touch with them, please follow them on Facebook or Instagram and let them know if you want to join the shows as audience or even performer!

So, I wish you loads of fun with Gleb and Igor from English Moscow Comedy and humor is art!

Originally published at Humor is Art.

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