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Unique Aqua Comedy Club show to be held in Kazan

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04.08.2015, 17:26 Culture
A concert and filming of the television programme, Aqua Comedy Club, will be held on August 7 and 8 at the Basket Hall on the sidelines of the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan. The event is part of the Championships cultural programme.

The choice of Comedy Club Russia as a headliner for the 2015 FINA World Championships cultural programme was not random. As one of the most popular comedy shows currently running on Russian television, Comedy Club Russia actively participates in many important sports and cultural events. Recently, the largest annual Week of High Humour Festival came to a close at the Ice Cube Curling Centre in the Olympic Park, Sochi. Comedy Club Russia supports and actively participates in the Formula 1 competitions. Comedy Club Russia also has direct relevance to Kazan 2015: one of the most popular show residents, Timur Batrutdinov, is an Ambassador for the FINA World Championships.

"Since 2006, we have visited many corners of the globe, but we had never chosen Kazan for filming the programme and conducting the show yet," says creative producer Garik Martirosyan. "And while we actively support a variety of cultural and sporting events, we have not yet been part of a cultural programme for such a high-profile event as the FINA World Championships. So for us, it is essential that the creative part of our presentation was delivered to a high standard. In many ways, the show we are going to stage in the capital of Tatarstan is unique. Many big-name athletes have gladly responded to our offers to join us – our authors are writing sketches and jokes about each of them. At the Aqua Comedy Club concert, spectators will immerse themselves into an atmosphere of sports-themed humour.”

The main residents of Comedy Club Russia will take part in the presentations: Pavel Volya, Garik Kharlamov, Timur Batrutdinov, Demis Karibidis, Andrey Skorokhod, Ruslan Belyy, Zurab Matua, Andrey Averin, Dmitry Sorokin, Marina Kravets, Aleksey Smirnov, Anton Ivanov and Ilya Sobolev.

“Comedy Club is possibly the most popular Russian project in this TV genre and its shows will add a special flavor to the cultural programme of the World Aquatics Championships, become a vibrant addition to it. Apart from promoting a positive and humorous way of life, Comedy Club also encourages people to adopt healthy lifestyles. All its residents are involved in sports. And it’s important for us that Comedy Club residents, who are idols for young people, support this mega sporting event and are part of its cultural programme,” said Mikhail Zotov, Deputy Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects. 

Comedy Club Russia will offer a new exclusive programme created especially for Kazan. Aqua Comedy Club’s organisers say that the upcoming sporting event is a significant occasion for Tatarstan as a whole. The show’s content will be developed with due consideration of the FINA World Championships’ format. During the Aqua Comedy Club concert, spectators will see a new programme.

Press Office of Organising Committee for 16th FINA World Championships