Before he was a
huddling in underground bunkers while teams of mercenaries hunted him on the streets above, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was, in fact, a comedian. Alongside numerous comedy shows, movies and even a stint on the Ukrainian version of Dancing With the Stars, Zelensky made an especially, well, memorable performance.
The origins of the skit lay in his famous-in-Ukraine role in the comedy sketch show Servant of the People
, where he portrayed a fictional president of Ukraine and, during one five-minute segment, played a duet on the piano using his penis.
After years working as a screenwriter, comedian and actor, this role is what would eventually propel Zelensky to superstardom in Ukrain -- fame that would help him win the votes to assume the very real office of the president he once parodied and would find him at the reigns of a nation straining under the weight of a full-scale Russian invasion.