A mainstay in the entertainment scene since the late 1970's, Smirnoff was a regular guest star on the award winning NBC sitcom, Night Court. He has been a popular guest of numerous national TV shows including the Tonight Show. You've seen him on HBO and enjoyed his humor on his critically acclaimed Showtime special. Yakov has also co-starred in movies with Robin Williams in Moscow on the Hudson, Tom Hanks in The Money Pit, Meryl Steep and Jack Nicholson in Heartburn and Richard Pryor in Brewster's Millions. Yakov was invited to perform at the White House for several presidents and honored guests. President Ronald Reagan called Yakov a, "national treasure."
Since 1992, Smirnoff has performed at his own theater in Branson, Missouri, where he has entertained over four million visitors and produced several outstanding award-winning shows. His comedic style is firmly grounded within his mission statement "to experience happiness and teach it to the world with passion through comedy and sensitivity."