In the United States, you can always find a party. In Soviet Russia, the Party finds you!
That’s the kind of thing I expected when Angie and I went to Yakov Smirnoff’s show in Branson. What I got was a whole lot more.
You see, Yakov is more than just a comedian. He is an art teacher. He is a professor of psychology. He is a writer. He is an actor. He is a traditional Russian dancer. We got a glimpse of each of these facets at his show.
The comedy in his show was family friendly, but sharp. His clever play with the language was like George Carlin without the vulgarity. “I bet you never looked at it that way … but you will now!” was his refrain.
What struck me most about Yakov was his genuine affection and appreciation for America. He spoke in a way that isn’t fashionable now. (more…)