Milan Lasica (1940-2021), Slovakia
The legendary Slovak humorist, actor, dramatist, lyricist and director studied small theatre dramaturgy at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. During his studies, Mr. Lasica performed his own authorial dialogues at Tatra music hall in Bratislava. He started working as a script editor for the Czechoslovak television in the 1960s and became a member of the Korzo Theatre. There, he started writing sketches for himself and his lifelong dramatic partner Július Satinský. Czech comedians Voskovec, Werich, and Miroslav Horníček inspired these unique sketches, which broke all rules of realistic theatre. His comedic style uses trivial life situations and pushes them to the absurd. In 1982, he became artistic director of “Štúdio S“. He also actively writes prose and has authored approximately twenty books. Milan Lasica is memorable for portraying numerous theatre and film characters, for example, the films “Utekajme už ide”, “Tři veteráni”, or “Saturnin”. Mr. Lasica currently devotes his time to writing lyrics. He recorded two albums of old evergreens. In 2003, Václav Havel, the President of the Czech Republic, awarded Milan Lasica with the State Medal “For the Merit“.