Russian-Born Comedian Yakov Smirnoff to Bring “The Happily Ever Laughter Tour” to the Triad for A Single Live Performance at the High Point Theatre, Tuesday, March 26
High Point, N.C. – Fans who loved the comedy of Yakov Smirnoff throughout his 40-year career on television, the silver screen and Broadway will experience the hilarity once again as he shares his insightful and laughter-filled philosophies on love, relationships and gender differences, during the “Happily Ever Laughter: The Neuroscience of Romantic Relationships” tour. The hijinks get underway at the High Point Theatre, Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Renowned artist set to deliver evening of funny and insightful observations on love, relationships
For those over 30 years of age, Yakov Smirnoff is perhaps best known as the Russian comedian who pumps his arms, exclaims “What a country!”, and laughs like a donkey. But this very funny man is also an accomplished artist (his work hung at Ground Zero, receiving nation-wide attention after 911), an author, family man, patriot and holds degrees in both art and psychology.
Growing up as an only child in Russia, Yakov studied art in college, performed a few skits with favorable results, and ultimately landed a job as a comedian on a Russian cruise ship. At the age of 26, he and his parents immigrated to America, settling into New York. After landing his first job in a bar, he decided to change his last name from Pokhis to Smirnoff because “Americans would remember it.” Two years later, while working in Florida as a short-order cook, a friend sent his resume to Royal Caribbean and he was hired, only to be fired after the first voyage due to his lack of English. Four more years would past and he was hired yet again on the same ship, but this time as the headliner. His comedic career took off and he would make appearances on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” perform for President Ronald Reagan and two other presidents, meet numerous celebrities and settle into Los Angeles with a wife and two kids. He became an American citizen on July 4, 1986.
After the Cold War ended and his Soviet Union schtick fell out of favor, Smirnoff retreated to middle America and Branson, Missouri. During a 23-year run at his 2,000-seat theater, he entertained 4.5 million people, performing about 400 shows a year. His marriage would end in divorce, and the Branson shows ended in 2015. In 2017, Yakov sets out to make America laugh again! With Russia once again making headlines, the time was right for a new routine. He observes a country that is similar to a family that’s fighting – divisive and in need of healing. His new tour and accompanying PBS Special, “Happily Ever Laughter: The Neuroscience of Romantic Relationships”, is a venture in what he deems as transformational comedy. “That’s what my PBS special is, that’s where I was coming from doing mostly relationships between couples. Now I feel like I need to do relationships between countries,” Smirnoff said.
“Yakov Smirnoff promises to be one of our most laughter-filled shows of the season,” says High Point Theatre Director David Briggs. “This comedy is sure to tickle the funny bone and truly offers something for all to enjoy!” Tickets are $30-$35, available at the box office by calling (336) 887-3001 and online at www.highpointtheatre.com.
About High Point Theatre
Owned and operated by the City of High Point, the High Point Theatre is conveniently located within the International Home Furnishings Center at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Street in High Point. The Theatre features an elegant 965-seat auditorium with continental style seating, three exhibition galleries for meetings, displays, and receptions, and free parking. # # #