Yakov Smirnoff

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Yakov Naumovich Pokhis, better known as Yakov Smirnoff (born 24 January 1951), is a Soviet-born American comedian, actor and writer. After emigrating to the United States in 1977, Smirnoff began performing as a stand-up comic. He eventually gained fame, and he reached his biggest successes 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 by life in the United States. His humor combined a mockery of life under Communism and of consumerism in the United States, as well as word play caused by misunderstanding of American phrases and culture, all punctuated by the catchphrase, "And I thought, 'What a country!'" The collapse of Communism starting in 1989, and especially the fall of the Soviet Uni... More

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Yakov Smirnoff #Education #Learning

Photo of Yakov Smirnoff We have been learning since we were children how to make money, buy things, build things. The whole education system is set up to teach us how to think, not to feel.
Yakov Smirnoff #Freedom

Photo of Yakov Smirnoff My father described this tall lady who stands in the middle of the New York harbor, holding high a torch to welcome people seeking freedom in America. I instantly fell in love.
Yakov Smirnoff #Women

Photo of Yakov Smirnoff I like American women. They do things sexually Russian girls never dream of doing - like showering.
Yakov Smirnoff #Good #Time

Photo of Yakov Smirnoff I believe that love and laughter can only happen when one person takes the time to think about what would cause the other person to feel good.
Yakov Smirnoff #Love

Photo of Yakov Smirnoff If love is the treasure, laughter is the key.
Yakov Smirnoff #Teacher

Photo of Yakov Smirnoff We may have forgotten how to feel. Nobody is teaching us how to live happily ever after, as we've heard in fairy tales.