Branson, Missouri Theatre - Laughing with Russian Comedian Yakov Smirnoff

Yakov Smirnoff Theatre

The Yakov Smirnoff Theatre in Branson, Missouri - The Grand Palace.
The Yakov Smirnoff Theatre in Branson, Missouri - The Grand Palace. | Source

This should brighten your day!


Whether you have ever been to the Grand Palace (Yakov Smirnoff's Theatre) in Branson, Missouri or not, you will enjoy this Russian born comedian's unique form of comedy which has his patrons laughing hilariously as he accentuates the differences between his home country, Russia, and the country of his choice, the United States of America.

Yakov Smirnoff became an American citizen on July 4th, 1986 and was sworn in by Chief Justice Warren Burger at the Statue of Liberty.

When Russia was under communist rule, creativity was stifled.

The differences in freedoms between the country of his birth and his new country are the subject matter for his comedy routines.



Yakov Smirnoff - Very Funny!

Yakov Smirnoff Theatre in Branson, Missouri

Ticket to Yakov Smirnoff Show in Branson, Missouri
Ticket to Yakov Smirnoff Show in Branson, Missouri | Source
In the lobby of The Grand Palace is hundreds of 1950's & 1960's memorabilia like this George Jones' 1963 Ford Galaxy convertible.
In the lobby of The Grand Palace is hundreds of 1950's & 1960's memorabilia like this George Jones' 1963 Ford Galaxy convertible. | Source
Chandelier hanging from the ceiling in The Grand Palace
Chandelier hanging from the ceiling in The Grand Palace | Source
My mother standing next to Yakov's Ferrari parked just outside the theatre.
My mother standing next to Yakov's Ferrari parked just outside the theatre. | Source
License plate on Yakov's Ferrari
License plate on Yakov's Ferrari | Source

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My mother and I visited Branson, Missouri in September of 1995 and chose his act as one of the productions that we wished to experience among many different choices.


What a great way to start our day!


We attended the morning show which includes a "Royal Russian Breakfast" that one can eat at one's seat right in the theater. It includes some of Yakov's mother's recipes like Bobka and Pastry Romanoff along with fruit and coffee.


The Grand Theatre is gorgeous!


In the lobby are hundreds of American memorabilia items like old gas station pumps, jukeboxes, George Jone's white convertible car, Patsy Cline items, etc. It is like stepping back in time and viewing items from an earlier era.


The stage is surrounded by plush and comfortable red seats . Yes...red was undoubtedly chosen as the color of choice.


Yakov's license tag on his Red Ferrari parked outside the theatre is emblazoned with the saying "X-RED."


Every part of his act accentuates in a very comedic way the differences between living under the old communism and the freedoms he experiences today.


His two hour show consists of some music, dancing, hilarious skits and most all of it is a tribute to the United States.


My mother and I laughed so hard and so often that our sides were aching as we exited the theatre at the end of the show.


Yakov Smirnoff is a University Professor who specializes in teaching the value of laughter and how it impacts our lives.


He is a loving father of two children, a boy and a girl.


Yakov is also an accomplished artist. He has created paintings showing his daughter, son and his tribute to the Statue of Liberty that he obviously holds close to his heart. In addition, his faith shines through his paintings and he has Jesus laughing as well as Einstein in a laughing pose.


Yakov Smirnoff created a large painting as a tribute after 9-11 that actually hung in New York on the outside of a building until it was starting to be damaged by the elements. It has been salvaged and now hangs in his theatre.


He had been on television, in movies, has authored books and writes magazine articles .


Come along with me and learn things about Yakov Smirnoff that you may not have known. Enjoy the videos and if you ever get a chance to see this comedian in person, I would heartily recommend your doing so.


His trademark saying is "What a Country!"


Yakov Smirnoff is one American that we can all treasure as he helps us laugh our way through life.


I think most everyone would agree that more laughter would be beneficial for all of us no matter where we happen to reside.


Writing this hub has me smiling and remembering the laughter we enjoyed that day in his Grand Palace Theater in Branson, Missouri.


Yakov Smirnoff Career Highlights

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Peggy W 4 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Robert,

We laughed so hard our sides ached. It was a great way to start the day. Yakov Smirnoff is quite the comedian!


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Robert Sacchi 4 months ago

Great article. I never realized Yakov Smirnoff as such a talented artist and doing so well. Good for him.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Au fait,

When you get a chance to go I think that you would enjoy visiting Branson, Missouri. There are so many terrific acts and theaters in one place and the scenery is also pretty. It is certainly nice for the stars because they can have more of a home life instead of always being on the road. Thanks for the shares.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

I love Yakov Smirnoff. Mentioned him in my article on Who Are the Homeless. I remember when he first started here in the states. I wondered what happened to him. Seems like all the celebs have disappeared and then I discover they're in Branson! Three of my sibs have been there, but I never have. Seems like it's a great place to spend some time.

Somehow missed this article before. Voting it up, interesting, awesome, gave you 5 more stars, pinned to my 'Travel' board, and sharing it with followers.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Eddy,

My mother and I laughed so hard that we actually had tears streaming down our faces when we started out our day at the Yakov Smirnoff theatre in Branson. Great way to start any day! Thanks for your comment.


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