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MOSCOW, March 31 – RIA Novosti, Alina Kravtsova. singer humorist that’s what he calls himself. He turns 75 today. She was going to be a singer, but she found success primarily as a conversational artist. Vladimir Vinokur talked about the attitude to age, modern humor and family happiness in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Actor Vladimir Vinokur at the presentation of state awards in the Kremlin - RIA Novosti, 1920, 03.30.2023

– Vladimir Natanovich, if I can’t reach you, it’s just Smolny. Getting ready for your anniversary?

– By the way, I always have Smolny, not just now. And how can you be ready for the anniversary? I won’t be ready even on vacation. But I know everything will be fine.

– What are you more busy with now – a home holiday or preparing anniversary concert programs?

You are talking to an artist! Home holiday – set the table, sat down, raised glasses. And two concerts at the Russian Army Theater on April 7 and 8, shooting that really matters to me as an artist.

Zhara International Music Festival.  Third day - RIA Novosti, 1920, 30.03.2023
International Music Festival “Zhara”. The third day

Ten years ago you said 65 this youth, but 75?

Also youth! When my friend Lev Leshchenko is asked about his pension, he answers: “As my friend Vinokur said, they do not leave us – they take us.” We found the older generation that worked until the last day.

– Tour schedule and now you have a very busy tour. Tired of this rhythm?

– No, because this is not a rhythm – this is my life. I will not lie on the beach or sit on a bench in the country. Our life is a stage. As soon as this stops, life has stopped.

– Vladimir Vinokur’s parody theater – the main thing is, what are you doing now?

Yes, that’s what I do most of the time. I am glad that the young talented artists with whom we are making new programs go on tour. It is very pleasant that the halls are full, there are flowers, applause and laughter.

Zhara International Music Festival.  Third day - RIA Novosti, 1920, 30.03.2023
International Music Festival “Zhara”. The third day

Is humor appropriate in such a difficult time?

– Today I think it is necessary – to make people smile. What about the front line brigades, for example? I went to war several times – in Afghanistan, in the Chechen Republic, in Syria. What’s there to talk about? And the guys are supposed to smile – even there.

– Many comedians in life are serious or even boring people. And you?

My friends say I am cheerful.

– They say that as a child he was a quiet and introverted person.?

“People are changing. Everyone thought my brother would be an artist. He studied beautifully and played the piano, but became a builder. And I was silent, but I spoke. Everything comes out later.

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Actor Vladimir Vinokur during the state awards presentation ceremony in the Kremlin

– And your grandson? Who do you think it will be?

“I don’t even think about it. Whatever he wants will happen. Very active, artistic, flexible, somersaults, tennis, swimming, ready to remember my old karate with me. Well done son! But who will it be – let him decide for himself.

– Who would you like it to be?

– He’s a great person. He’s a nice guy, sociable – that’s the point. And he will choose his profession. I am against heredity.

Is he your best friend now?

– We are very friendly, we communicate. He doesn’t even call me grandpa – just Vova. And grandmother Tamara – Tata.

The Tenth Ceremony of the Theater Regular's Star Audience Award - RIA Novosti, 1920, 30.03.2023
Theater Audience Star Audience Award Tenth Ceremony

You have great vocal abilities. Do you regret that your singing career didn’t work out?

– Yes, at first I wanted to become a singer and graduated from the music department of GITIS: I was brought up by the Bolshoi soloist Pyotr Selivanov, who also released Leshchenko.

But the humor won. And the vocal humor is, of course, very interesting. Arkady Raikin once told my father: “Let Volodya keep the fact that he is a singing comedian. Because this is a special genre.” And he guessed and blessed me as it was, it turned out.

Artist Vladimir Vinokur - RIA Novosti, 1920, 30.03.2023
Artist Vladimir Vinokur

– Did you have any doubts?

– NO. I made the right choice, I would just get bored singing. And so – I want to sing, I want to sing, I want to parody.

– Did someone force you to do this?

– Mom, my teacher Anna Yulyevna taught me Russian and literature. My father wanted me to be a builder like him and my brother. I also graduated from the faculty of construction. But still, even in the army, she found herself in a creative environment – in the song and dance troupe of the Moscow Military District. Then he entered the theater institute. And I don’t regret anything.

When did you realize the talent of a parodist in yourself?

– I laughed both at school and at technical school. He parodied commanders in the army.

– Have you used this ability for your own purposes?

– No, I just made my friends laugh.

After-event party of the first competitive day of New Wave 2013 - RIA Novosti, 1920, 30.03.2023
Afterparty of the first competitive day of “New Wave – 2013”

– Don’t you miss the golden time, the most beautiful hour of “Around Laughter”, “Full House”?

“Yes, I am sorry that this time has passed so quickly. “Full house” is still there, the program has high ratings. Regina (Dubovitskaya. – Ed.) – well done, she created her own empire, which still exists.

What do you think of modern comics comedians?

– Everyone is an artist of his time. The guys work well, I love them, I communicate with them. I will not change There is no worse or better – time has demands.

– Who is particularly popular among the new generation comedians??

– Pasha Volya is a real artist, Garik Martirosyan studies well.

Performance of the combined choir of the ensembles of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on Suvorovskaya Square - RIA Novosti, 1920, 30.03.2023
Performance of the combined choir of ensembles of the Russian Armed Forces on Suvorovskaya Square

– You have not only a lifelong profession, but also a spouse.

– Yes, next year we will have 50 years of marriage. There are very few such people on stage, I am a rare example. Probably because he travels a lot. He met his wife after each tour as if it were meeting him for the first time. Our daughter is very good – the soloist of the Bolshoi Ballet, a wonderful artist, a characteristic dancer. I feel proud when I sit in the hall or when the audience comes and says thank you.

– Is it true that you didn’t even argue with your wife? Apperantly?

– Do not attach serious importance to daily problems. When you’ve spent most of your life and come of age, you clearly understand this, as I have now. What to think about quarrels or showdowns in the house when the most important thing …

– And what is it?

– Work. Please people. And I’m happy that my family – and my wife, daughter and grandchild – understand and support me in this. I go on stage completely isolated from housework. They help me, they free me from the master’s duty.

Topical Style Awards given in Moscow - RIA Novosti, 1920, 30.03.2023
Topical Style Awards held in Moscow

– Fans still write you compliments on social networks, call you favorite. How do you manage to keep yourself in shape? Diet, sleep, what else?

– No, I eat everything, I can even drink. The biggest move for me is the stage. This is a serious burden: both physical and moral. Plus my wife keeps me fit, makes sure I don’t sit idle – makes me walk a lot!

– What about in terms of audience interest? How can you survive the rest of your life?

– Better ask the audience. The halls are still full, many flowers, laudatory comments – this is very important to me. And how did it all happen? I don’t know

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