Yakov Smirnoff Quotes
After the Soviet Union collapsed, people thought I wasn't funny anymore.
Americans think Soviets are so grim. I want them to see that they can smile.
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.
Balance is so important in our lives. In our busy world, we can give ourselves balance between thinking and feeling.
Comedians are always hitting the topical notes that are on everybody's minds.
Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection.
Falling in love is a chemical reaction. But it wears off in a year.
Falling in love is a chemical reaction. But it wears off in a year. That's why you need a strong line of communication... which includes laughter.
Homosexuality in Russia is a crime and the punishment is seven years in prison, locked up with the other men. There is a three year waiting list.
I believe that laughter is a language of God and that we can all live happily ever laughter.
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.
I believe there is a direct correlation between love and laughter.
I came to America to make it my home, and I did.
I fed my ego, but not my soul.
I have American in-laws, and I care about the environment. We don't use disposable diapers, which, of course, creates an environmental problem of our own.
I like American women. They do things sexually Russian girls never dream of doing - like showering.
I was not only typecast as a Russian, but I was typecast as Yakov Smirnoff. This is understandable, and I was very happy to get the roles, but it would be nice to be in a movie where I could be someone else.
I was this non-threatening funny guy who contrasted the image of the Brezhnevs and the Reagans of the world.
If love is the treasure, laughter is the key.
If you have something important to say, Broadway and New York are great places to say it.
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January 24, 1951
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