Category Archives: Comedians

Daily Trivia – 8/19/11

Question: What Yale Law School valedictorian, playing a teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, easily ad-libbed his economics lecture in the film?

Last Question: What comedian penned the book America on Six Rubles a Day

Answer: Yakov Smirnoff

“What a Country!” Yakov Smirnoff was a comedian who came from the Soviet Union to the United States. In his routine, he often compared life in the Soviet Union to America, and misunderstanding American lfe and customs. For instance:

“The first time I went to a restaurant, they asked me ‘How many in your party?’ and I said ‘Six hundred million’.”

Upon being offered work as a barman on a “graveyard shift”, he remarks, ‘A bar in a cemetery! What a country! Last call? During Happy Hour the place must be dead.’

In America, you watch television. In Soviet Russia, television watch you!

In America, you break law. In Soviet Russia, law break you!

Despite the Cold War being over, Yakov Smirnoff still performs today. He owns a theater in Branson, Missouri.

Here is a classic set from Smirnoff. He is being introduced by the legendary Rodney Dangerfield: