September 7th, 2017

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My Last Stand Up in San Francisco

I guess this mini can be called as My Last Stand Up in San Francisco.

It was a grand re-union of comedians from one of the TV shows I used to perform stand up for in Russia.

Producers set a two-week long CIS vs. USA Comedy Tour around the United States. For those who don’t remember, the CIS stood for the Commonwealth of Independent States, an alliance of the former Soviet Union republics that became independent countries in 1991.

I was invited to perform for the Team USA. The team consisted of the comedians of various generations. There were those who did comedy in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. It was a blast to get together with my old colleagues in comedy.

We had 2-3 shows in NYC, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

San Francisco was the last stop of our tour. It was one of my last stand up performances broadcast on the Russian TV.

Found this blast from the past on YouTube :-)


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Happy 90th Birthday to Rudolf Plukfelder


History in Color: R. Plukfelder (Russia)

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On September 6, legendary Olympic weightlifter and coach Rudolf Plukfelder turned 90!

Rudolf Plukfelder doesn’t need special introduction in the world of this sport.

He is an Olympic champion (1964), 3x World Champion, 3x European Champion, 6x USSR Champion, 2x USSR Spartakiad Champion, author of 8 World records. As a coach he prepared legendary Olympic champions and  founded a world famous training school in Shakhty, Russia.

It seems that all the facts, medals and merits of Rudolf Plukfelder are well known. Interestingly  enough, not all of them.

Most of the weightlifting resources list the year of birth of Plukfelder as 1928. However the actual year is 1927. Friends and relatives of Plukfelder know about this. Plukfelder himself wrote about this in his memoirs. So, here it goes:

Happy 90th Birthday to Rudolf Plukfelder!!!!