After a lacklustre start, the Russian sitcom has come of age in the former Soviet Union.
They say dying is easy—comedy is hard. No one knows that better than creators of Russian sitcoms after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Their initial attempts at comic television were utter failures, and voiced-over imports from America—from I Love Lucy to Friends—also failed to hit the mark.
Eventually the Russian sitcom found its feet and enjoyed immense success, even exporting some of its product to the global market. But not before suffering excruciating growing pains.
It’s a transition that fascinates Jeffrey Brassard, who last month defended his PhD on the topic at the University of Alberta and figures he’s the only sociologist in Canada who has examined it closely. Talk about niche expertise.
It all came about quite by accident when Brassard was shopping around for a thesis topic for his master’s in communications. His...Read more from this release