Zuck's Moscow night: A turn on a Russian talk show

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg yucks it up in an awkward interview about McDonald's, meeting the prime minister, and why he doesn't like suits -- at least, that's what his half of the conversation suggests.

Mark Zuckerberg on Russia's "Evening Urgant." Screenshot by Donna Tam/CNET

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is known for his awkwardness during interviews, but his most recent one was bound to be awkward even without Zuckerberg's usual stiffness.

Appearing on Russian late-night TV show "Evening Urgant," hosted by Ivan Urgant, Zuckerberg talked about meeting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev , and Facebook's interest in Russian developers.

But there was a language barrier to overcome. Zuck listened to the translation of Urgant's quips through an earpiece. And everything he said was immediately translated for the audience by a Russian woman doing a voice-over.

"It was a lot of fun. We had an interesting conversation," he said of his visit with Medvedev, instantly overpowered by the Russian woman's voice. "He's very supportive of developing the technology industry here in Russia. We're really excited about this too. A lot of what I came here to do is talk to developers and engineers and entrepreneurs who are going to build stuff using Facebook and build a lot of new Russian companies."

And so the interview continued, with Zuck's delayed laughs at the Urgant's jokes -- presumably they were jokes; the interview was not subtitled -- and the audience clapping after each of the Russian woman's translations.

Despite the awkwardness, the interview was lighthearted and fun, with cardboard "Likes" dotting the audience. Zuckerberg talked about his visit to a Russian McDonald's, how his boarding school uniform made him want to wear a T-shirt for the rest of his life, and why Facebook's color scheme is blue: "I'm color-blind. Blue is the color I see best."

 

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