Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky set to be elected president, and Ukraine hopes it’s not the punch line

Presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky, 41, is best known in Ukraine as a comedian. He has zero political experience — unless you count playing the president of Ukraine on a popular television sitcom. And yet, he is widely expected to win Friday’s vote in a landslide.

Analysts say that Zelensky’s background as a performer is an asset, rather than a hindrance. With the third season of his show, “Servant of the People,” hitting the airwaves last month, he had little need for...

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