As Americans after 9/11, we're much more united, together as a nation, and we got stronger, better, and more at peace. By peace, I mean the harmony you can feel in our united determination to fight these terrorists and killers.
|Born||January 24, 1951|
Yakov Smirnoff (Yakov Naumovich Pokhis) is a Soviet-born American comedian, actor and writer. 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!'"
In the late 1990s, prompted by his own divorce, he retooled his stand-up act to focus on the differences between men and women, and on solving problems within relationships. Smirnoff is also a professor at Missouri State University and Drury University where he teaches a course titled "The Business of Laughter."