Wake Up with Yakov
“Wake Up with Yakov” is the funniest way to begin your day in Branson! He’s been a strongly patriotic United States citizen for years now, but Yakov Smirnoff has never forgotten growing up in the communist Soviet Union, using that life experience and his continued fascination with American human nature to completely charm audiences year after year. To the delight of everyone, he’s held onto his hilarious perspective on all things curious to that young Russian who moved to his adopted land in 1977. In this country, Yakov not only found success as a stand-up comedian, he’s become an actor, author, and professor. His sense of humor and exceptional comic timing landed him on television sitcoms like Night Court, and in big movies with major stars, including The Money Pit with Tom Hanks, Brewster’s Millions with fellow comedian Richard Pryor, Heartburn with Jack Nicholson, and with the late and legendary Robin Williams in Moscow on the Hudson.
Yakov’s knack for making even the biggest curmudgeon chuckle led him to teaching others that laughter can help keep a marriage healthy. He’s a qualified educator, having earned a degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and he uses that education, his impeccable skills of observation, his patriotism, and his quick sense of humor to give you a morning show unlike any other! Personal stories and nearly non-stop wit and whimsy make waking up with America’s favorite Russian import an irresistible adventure!
“Wake Up with Yakov” is your morning ticket to a tremendous day in Branson...make plans now to be there!
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