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North Chili, New York
January 18, 2006
The show is fabulous. Yakov puts on a great show. He is extremely funny and does more than stand-up comedy. He has a skit about being president and also a Romeo and Juliet mockery. He has Russian dancers and a juggling comedian named Slim Chance. Also, he may even bring a tear to your eye with how American this former Soviet is. The theater is his own and the paintings are all done by this former artist, himself. He wants to please, and as told to us by the people we met, many go back every time they get back to Branson.
During the intermission, which almost every show in Branson has, Yakov comes out and signs autographs, takes pictures, and talks to the audience. But if you don't get to see him then after the show, he will once again be there for his fans. Also, this big time performer goes out to the many tour buses and says goodbye to his fans. I just can't say enough about him and his show. The next time we are in Branson, we will go back to see him.
From journal September in Branson Missouri
June 3, 2005
Yakov put on a hilarious show. For anyone unfamiliar with his background, he is a Russian immigrant, and much of his standup is associated with things in the American language or culture that can be misunderstood. He has been featured on many talk shows and television shows, such as The Tonight Show and Night Court. His most famous lines include "What a country" and "I bet you didn't think of it that way... but you will now."
In one of his skits, Yakov plays the president and has the audience asks questions. This part being somewhat of an improv makes for an additional piece of enjoyment, because you know it's unique to your visit, and it was quite humorous as well.
Near the end of the show, he presented a very touching story about how he appreciates America and the people he met when he first arrived. You could tell he was very genuine about how much he loves this country. One of his murals he painted is on display in pieces within the theater - it had been on display near Ground Zero in New York City.
This was our absolute favorite show of the entire trip to Branson!
From journal Branson - More Than Just Country
October 1, 2004
From journal Branson Delight
May 26, 2004
From journal Week in Branson