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 A Yakov Smirnoff is a legend in American comedy. After escaping communist Soviet Russia in the 1970s, he came to the United States with nothing but a dream. Without knowing the English language, Yakov began working as a bartender at the famous Grossinger’s Catskill Resort in New York, where he was able to tell jokes each night after his shifts. Most recently, Yakov – Dr. Yakov, that is – has earned a PhD in Leadership from Pepperdine University. While his show has residency in Branson, Missouri, he continues to tour the country with his unique brand of comedy. With the heart of dreamer, Yakov Smirnoff has made the impossible possible and continues to inspire others with his love for America – “What a Country!”   $$

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