The 1980’s in the Slovak part of Czechoslovak radio, as well as television, recorded a gradual penetration of satire in its broadcasting. Pod Pyramidou and Humorikon are some of them. Elena Vacvalova was the editor of the radio show Pod Pyramidou, presented by comedian Milan Markovic along with music composer Peter Breiner, the rebel. Although the scripts were still censored, producers were coming up with the idea of having the A and B version of the script for the live broadcast.
In the late 80’s, people were recording the radio satire shows on tape so as to have a piece of sensed freedom at home too. “When I hear the term political satire, I have some objections as I think that non-political satire does not exist,” states now icon of the genre Milan Markovic. The editors of these radio shows gradually moved to TV and the 1990’s triggered their stardom careers.
A completely new and original project of Slovak TV was Vtipnejsi vyhrava. Although it was premiered in 1971, it became a highly popular program in the whole of Czechoslovakia in the 1980’s, becoming even the flagship of the entertainment show genre produced by Slovak TV. This contest in telling jokes featured famous actors and singers while involving the audience by sending in their own jokes. The contest Triangel was the Slovak concept of pop-music chart. It became a TV hit in 1980’s Czechoslovakia. Presenting double meaning texts even in mainstream and having been allowed to air rebelling alternative bands, this music chart indicated there was something in the air. The year 1989.
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