Besides being an extremely funny comedian, Yakov is an actor with numerous movie & TV credits, an author & an artist. He’s become a command performer at the White House & plays to sellout shows in Branson, MO.
He has been popular in the USA since the 1980s for comedy performances in which he used irony and word play to contrast life under the Communist regime in his native Soviet Union with life in the United States, delivered in heavily accented English.
"I go to New York and I saw a big sign saying 'America Loves Smirnoff' and I said to myself, what a country!"
Reading employment announcements of "Part-Time Woman Wanted": "What a country! Even transvestites can get work."
Upon being offered work as a barman on a "graveyard shift", he remarks, 'A bar in a cemetery! What a country! Last call? During Happy Hour the place must be dead.'
At the grocery store after finding "New Freedom" Maxi Pads: "Freedom in a box! What a country!"
"In every country, they make fun of city. In U.S. you make fun of Cleveland. In Russia, we make fun of Cleveland"
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