Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Yakov Smirnoff, the Soviet-born American Jewish comedian, actor and writer, was a big name on the comedy circuit after emigrating to the United States in 1977. When he was born in Odessa, the Ukraine, in 1951, it was still part of the Soviet Union.
He reached the height of his success in the mid-to-late 1980s, when he also appeared in several films and television shows, including his own 1986-87 sitcom, What a Country!. His comic persona was of a naive immigrant from the Soviet Union who was perpetually confused and delighted about life in the United States.
In 2003, he appeared on Broadway in a one-man show, As Long As We Both Shall Laugh. Here's a clip from that show in which he gave a personal example of how men and women approach home decorating from totally different perspectives.
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