President Ronald Reagan called Yakov, “a national treasure.” From 1992 to 2015, he performed at his own two-thousand-seat theater in Branson, Missouri where he entertained over four million people and produced several outstanding award-winning shows. His comedic style is firmly grounded within his mission statement, “to experience happiness and teach it to the world with passion through comedy and sensitivity.“
Fans who loved the comedy of Russian born entertainer Yakov Smirnoff throughout his expansive career on television, the silver screen and Broadway can experience the hilarity once again in “Happily Ever Laughter – the neuroscience of romantic relationships.”In his new show, audience members enjoy Yakov’s insightful and laughter-filled philosophy on love, relationships and the differences between men and women. The New York Times called Yakov, “Warm-hearted, delightful and splendidly funny.”
A mainstay on the entertainment scene since the late 1970’s, Smirnoff was a regular guest star on the award winning NBC sitcom, Night Court. He has been a popular guest of numerous national TV shows including the Tonight Show. You’ve seen him on HBO and enjoyed his humor in his critically acclaimed Showtime special, “Yakov Smirnoff from Moscow…Idaho.” Yakov has also co-starred in movies with Robin Williams in “Moscow on the Hudson“, Tom Hanks in “The Money Pit“, Meryl Steep and Jack Nicholson in “Heartburn” and Richard Pryorin “Brewster’s Millions.” Yakov was invited to perform at the White House for several presidents and honored guests.
Yakov’s quest to understand the science of happiness took him to the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a master’s degree in psychology in 2006 under the supervision of the Dr. Martin Seligman, a leading authority in the field of positive psychology. Today, in addition to being a comedian, Yakov is also an adjunct professor at Missouri State University where he teaches a course on happiness and laughter.
In “Happily Ever Laughter”, Yakov takes his comedy to a new level to showcase laughter’s effects on relationships and envisions a world where sadness and tears are replaced with love and laughter. Whether on stage or in a classroom, Yakov’s audiences love him. He is passionate about helping people extend the honeymoon stage of their relationships and “fall in love and laughter all over again.”
“Warmhearted, delightful, and splendidly funny!” – The New York Times
“Yakov Smirnoff is a Funny Philosopher.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer “Yakov Smirnoff is a Laugh Riot!” – The Wall Street Journal