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Foreign Policy: The Age of Comedy Populism

The old management adage that you must first act like a leader in order to become one could not be more true for Volodymyr Zelensky. The Ukrainian comedian starred on national television as a teacher who becomes president. The program, Servant of the People, charts the rise of a high school educator who rises to the top of Ukrainian politics after a viral video shows him waxing lyrical about government corruption.

(Italy's 5-Star Movement party leader Beppe Grillo on May 19, 2014 in Rome, Photo Credit:Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images)

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