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Putin parody goes viral

Monday, March 07, 2016 - 01:14

A music video mocking Russia's President Vladimir Putin goes viral and brings internet fame to Slovenian comedian Klemen Slakonja. Sharon Reich reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS ITEM CONTAINS PROFANE LANGUAGE STORY: Two weeks after posting his latest parody on YouTube - a satire on Russian President Vladimir Putin's machismo - Slovenian actor and comedian Klemen Slakonja has more online hits than his country has people. Three million viewers clicked on the "Putin Putout," video to see Slakonja, as Putin. He rides a horse bare-chested, defeats a series of chess players, organizes "Winter Olympic Games in 40 degrees," tranquilizes a tiger, and dances in ballet-style tights with a prominent bulge. SOUNDBITE: Klemen Slakonja, comedian, saying: "I want to connect people so that the people who love it, who love the person I portray, love the video. And the people who hate the person I portray also love the video." The 30-year-old comedian's main job is acting at the prestigious Slovenian National Theatre. He hopes that the numbers on YouTube will lure sponsors into supporting #TheMockingBirdMan, his project to impersonate world-famous people. He has already done Pope Francis. Next up ... U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Putin parody goes viral

Monday, March 07, 2016 - 01:14