Yakov Naumovich Pokhis, better known as Yakov Smirnoff (born 24 January 1951), is a Soviet-born American comedian, actor and writer. After emigrating to the United States in 1977, Smirnoff began performing as a stand-up comic. He eventually gained fame, and 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

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  • Yakov Naumovich Pokhis, better known as Yakov Smirnoff (born 24 January 1951), is a Soviet-born American comedian, actor and writer. After emigrating to the United States in 1977, Smirnoff began performing as a stand-up comic. He eventually gained fame, and 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!'" The collapse of Communism starting in 1989, and especially the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, brought an end to Smirnoff's widespread popularity, although he continued to perform. In 1992, he bought his own theater in Branson, Missouri, where he performed his last show on December 3rd 2015. 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." (en)
  • Yakov Smirnoff (né Yakov Naumovich Pokhis le 24 janvier 1951 d'une famille juive d'Odessa, Ukraine (en ancienne Union soviétique), était professeur d'art et humoriste. Il est venu aux États-Unis en 1977 et est devenu un citoyen américain le 4 juillet 1986. Il était très connu comme humoriste américain à la fin de la guerre froide, se spécialisant dans de drôles de comparaisons entre les États-Unis et l'ancienne Union Soviétique. Il est connu pour les blagues du genre « inversion russe », dont la plus célèbre était : Se décrivant comme nouvel immigré, il faisait des observations absurdes du genre « l'Amérique ! Quel pays ! » (« America! What a country! »), comme : Après la disparition de l'ancienne Union soviétique, la phrase « En Russie » était remplacée par « En Russie Soviétique » pour indiquer qu'il parlait de l'ancien régime communiste et non de la situation actuelle de ce pays. Bien que sa carrière soit en déclin après la fin de la guerre froide, il continue à faire de l'art et de la peinture et se trouve, comme humoriste, à Branson (Missouri) de façon habituelle depuis 1992. Les blagues imitant ce genre d'« inversion russe » continuent à apparaître dans les forums informatisés tel que Slashdot. (fr)
  • Yakov Naumovich Pojis (Ruso: Яков Наумович Похис, ucraniano: Яків Наумович Похис; nacido el 24 de enero de 1951 en Odessa, RSS de Ucrania, Unión Soviética), conocido artísticamente como Yakov Smirnoff, es un humorista, actor, pintor y profesor ucraniano, nacionalizado estadounidense. Alcanzó la fama en la década de 1980, en actuaciones cómicas en las cuales utilizaba la ironía y los juegos de palabras para comparar el régimen comunista de la URSS y el estilo de vida norteamericano en los últimos años de la Guerra Fría. (es)
  • Fu popolare negli anni ottanta per le sue interpretazioni comiche nelle quali, con ironia, giochi di parole ed un inglese pesantemente accentato, metteva in risalto il contrasto tra la vita sotto il regime comunista nella sua patria, l'Unione Sovietica e la vita negli Stati Uniti. Ha un teatro a Branson, Missouri dove esercita tutto l'anno. Yakov è anche professore all'Università Statale del Missouri e all'Università di Drury dove insegna il suo "Business of Laughter". (it)
  • Yakov Naumovich Pokhis (em russo: Яков Наумович Похис; nascido em 24 de janeiro de 1951), também conhecido como Yakov Smirnoff, é um comediante, pintor e professor ucraniano naturalizado estadunidense, popular nos anos 80 por suas comédias nas quais usava de ironia para contrastar a vida sob o regime comunista com a vida nos Estados Unidos. (pt)
  • Яков Смирнов (настоящее имя Яков Наумович Похис; 24 января 1951, Одесса) — американский комик и художник. (ru)
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  • Yakov Naumovich Pojis (Ruso: Яков Наумович Похис, ucraniano: Яків Наумович Похис; nacido el 24 de enero de 1951 en Odessa, RSS de Ucrania, Unión Soviética), conocido artísticamente como Yakov Smirnoff, es un humorista, actor, pintor y profesor ucraniano, nacionalizado estadounidense. Alcanzó la fama en la década de 1980, en actuaciones cómicas en las cuales utilizaba la ironía y los juegos de palabras para comparar el régimen comunista de la URSS y el estilo de vida norteamericano en los últimos años de la Guerra Fría. (es)
  • Fu popolare negli anni ottanta per le sue interpretazioni comiche nelle quali, con ironia, giochi di parole ed un inglese pesantemente accentato, metteva in risalto il contrasto tra la vita sotto il regime comunista nella sua patria, l'Unione Sovietica e la vita negli Stati Uniti. Ha un teatro a Branson, Missouri dove esercita tutto l'anno. Yakov è anche professore all'Università Statale del Missouri e all'Università di Drury dove insegna il suo "Business of Laughter". (it)
  • Yakov Naumovich Pokhis (em russo: Яков Наумович Похис; nascido em 24 de janeiro de 1951), também conhecido como Yakov Smirnoff, é um comediante, pintor e professor ucraniano naturalizado estadunidense, popular nos anos 80 por suas comédias nas quais usava de ironia para contrastar a vida sob o regime comunista com a vida nos Estados Unidos. (pt)
  • Яков Смирнов (настоящее имя Яков Наумович Похис; 24 января 1951, Одесса) — американский комик и художник. (ru)
  • Yakov Naumovich Pokhis, better known as Yakov Smirnoff (born 24 January 1951), is a Soviet-born American comedian, actor and writer. After emigrating to the United States in 1977, Smirnoff began performing as a stand-up comic. He eventually gained fame, and 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 (en)
  • Yakov Smirnoff (né Yakov Naumovich Pokhis le 24 janvier 1951 d'une famille juive d'Odessa, Ukraine (en ancienne Union soviétique), était professeur d'art et humoriste.Il est venu aux États-Unis en 1977 et est devenu un citoyen américain le 4 juillet 1986. Il était très connu comme humoriste américain à la fin de la guerre froide, se spécialisant dans de drôles de comparaisons entre les États-Unis et l'ancienne Union Soviétique.Il est connu pour les blagues du genre « inversion russe », dont la plus célèbre était : (fr)
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