ANDREY DANILKO. UNDER THE MASK OF VERKI SERDUCHKA
Megatalent, incredible hard work, constant self-improvement, the desire in creativity to get ahead of time and the desire to always give people a holiday – these qualities nature awarded the famous Andrei Danilko. Whatever he undertakes, his projects leave no one indifferent, and even his colleagues in the shop bow their heads to his successes.
Andrei Danilko cannot brag of a carefree childhood. He was born on October 2, 1973 and was the second child in an ordinary Poltava family who lived in a communal apartment. At school, the boy did not have the best grades, was shy, so none of the teachers could imagine the showman Andrei Danilko to himself the heights that Andrei Danilko would subsequently reach. At seven years old, he was left without a father; he died of cancer. Andrei’s mother had to work in three shifts to feed her children, so the problem of lack of money was very well known to young Danilko.
Despite his natural modesty, Andrei acted in the KVN school team, moreover, he was even its captain, for which he earned the respect of teachers and classmates. The guys won first places in various creative competitions, and Andrei Danilko woke up more and more love for the stage. He was not deprived of artistic talent either – he was often asked to draw posters and wall newspapers for the school.
The first obstacles of Andrei Danilko
After receiving a certificate, Andrei went to a music school, where according to the results of entrance exams he did not find himself on the lists of showman Andrei Danilkostudentov. And all because he seemed to some examiners not too attractive for the scene, so they did not give him a chance to prove the opposite. The dreams of the young man were literally trampled by people who did not even try to look closely at the young talent. In desperation, Andrei goes to study at the cashier-seller.
In 1991, at the next review of educational institutions of the region, Andrei Danilko presented his two miniatures, The Conductor and the Dining Room. Both numbers were a great success with the Poltava public, and the young man got his first fans.
Soon he was able to get a freelance correspondent for the newspaper Komsomolets Poltava and to interview celebrities in the early 1990s. Andrei longed for this for a long time, he really enjoyed talking to the showman Andrei Danilkoso with the stars of those years, writing about the Mirage, Tender May and Kar-Man groups, interviewing Alla Pugacheva, participants in the Christmas Meetings, where he also managed to visit. Andrei Danilko was very appreciated in the editorial office for his ability to get behind the curtains of various events and concerts, as well as to persuade the stars in an interview. He later admitted that he learned to write correctly thanks to his work in the newspaper – Andrei rewrote each material several times to make it as interesting as possible, put punctuation marks, filled bumps, studied and continued to work, without leaving a pen and notebook. In the same way, in practice, he learned to compose music, play musical instruments and sing.
Birth of Verka Serduchka
But the dream of a big stage did not leave a talented guy. Andrey and his friends often went to perform at various festivals. Sometimes you even had to hand over bottles to collect money for a train to a particular city. Another creative competition was held in Kiev. It was the Bcemix festival, the winner of which was Andrey Danilko. And on April 1, Andrei Danilko, 1993, became Verka Serduchka’s real birthday. In this image, Andrei first appeared on the stage of the Poltava “Humorina”, received a prize for best acting work and was able to claim a competitive place in the capital’s festival. Since then, the most popular conductor Verka Serduchka has become his alter ego.
April 1994 humor in Kharkov brought Andrei a grand prix, and the following year he won the award of the competition for young performers in the framework of the international festival “Sea of laughter”. Since then, Andrei Danilko has become a national star of an all-Ukrainian scale. Cassettes with recordings of his speeches were distributed at the same speed as cassettes with songs of the “Tender May” group once. His phrases, or rather the biting expressions of Verka Serduchka, instantly understood the people for quotes and aphorisms. Andrei was able not only to catch luck by the tail, but to feel and understand the public’s need for a holiday that was so lacking in the difficult 1990s.
Already having a considerable experience of performing, Andrey Danilko enters the Kiev Circus and Variety School. In one of the interviews, the artist noted that he did not meet the talented showman Andrei Danilko in the walls of the school, but, unfortunately, the approach of teachers to each student was standard. Forcing novice artists to perform roles that were uncharacteristic for them, they formed complexes in students and did not allow their talent to be truly revealed. Perhaps it was precisely for faithfulness to the image of Verka Serdyuchka Andrei Danilko that they expelled from the school, not seeing him as a promising artist.