Yakov Leaving Branson - WTF

Branson, MO ~ After two decades, Yakov Smirnoff announces that 2012 will be his last full season performing at his Branson theatre and that the multi-talented comedian will be touring the country in 2013 with his hilariously-funny standup comedy show. Smirnoff will continue to call Branson his home and remain actively involved in the community and his theatre.

His newest production, Happily Ever Laughter, builds on his critically acclaimed one-man Broadway show, about whichThe New York Times said, "His Broadway show is splendidly funny, and a generous display of warmhearted, high-quality humor."  His longevity in Branson has given him a chance to evolve as an entertainer, writer and producer but Smirnoff relishes the opportunity to get back to his comedic roots. Innovative and funny standup comedy that reveals how to sustain love and laughter in relationships is supported with knowledge from his master's degree in psychology.

Though he is celebrating his 20thand his last full season performing the Yakov LIVE!production, Smirnoff will continue to produce world-class entertainment for his Branson theatre. He recently announced the five-year run of a brand new show that was designed especially for Branson calledBrady Brunch with Barry Williams, the real Greg Brady from the 1970's hit television show The Brady Bunch.

"Actor, Barry Williams, who portrayed Greg Brady in America's best-loved television series The Brady Bunch, is a fantastic entertainer" said Smirnoff. "It's a privilege to produce his Branson multimedia variety show. I love Branson! It's a great place to live. I've been here for 19 years, and I never lock my car. I don't know where it is..."

About Yakov Smirnoff:

America's favorite Russian comedian, Yakov Smirnoff has been a mainstay in the entertainment scene since the late 1970s. By the mid 1980s he had several films and television appearances under his belt, joining the ranks of icons Robin Williams and Tom Hanks. After performing in his own 2,000 seat Branson, MO theatre for years, in 2003 he landed on Broadway performing in his critically acclaimed, one-man show As Long As We Both Shall Laugh. In addition to his standup comedy, television, film and stage success, he has written several books, recorded CDs, DVDs, and is a talented artist.  In 2006, Smirnoff received his master's degree in psychology from the Ivy-League University of Pennsylvania. While performing more than 200 shows per yea r at his Branson theatre, he also speaks to business groups, presents seminars, is a published columnist for national magazines, and is a professor teaching classes about the relationship of Love and Laughter at Missouri State University and Drury University. He's taking his Happily Ever Laughter show on the road where audiences across America will see that you can live Happily Ever Laughter and laugh your Yak-off!