In Russia we only had two TV channels. Channel One was propaganda. Channel Two consisted of a KGB officer telling you: Turn back at once to Channel One.

— Yakov Smirnoff

The most genuine Yakov Smirnoff quotes that are little-known but priceless

Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection.

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In every country, they make fun of city.

In U.S. you make fun of Cleveland. In Russia, we make fun of Cleveland.

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In America, you break law. In Soviet Russia, law breaks you! In America, you watch Big Brother. In Soviet Russia, Big Brother watch you!

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In America, you can always find a party. In Soviet Russia, The Party can always find you!

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It's kind of bittersweet. The human spirit is not measured by the size of the act, but by the size of the heart.

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Homosexuality in Russia is a crime and the punishment is seven years in prison, locked up with the other men. There is a three year waiting list.

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I like American women. They do things sexually Russian girls never dream of doing - like showering.

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I believe there is a direct correlation between love and laughter.

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The ad in the paper said 'Big Sale. Last Week.' Why advertise? I already missed it. They're just rubbing it in.

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In America, you assassinate president. In Soviet Russia, president assassinate you!

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The reason gas prices are so high is because the oil is in Texas and Oklahoma and all the dipsticks are in Washington.

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Many people are surprised to hear that we have comedians in Russia, but they are there. They are dead, but they are there.

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About Yakov Smirnoff

Quotes 40 sayings
Nationality Russian
Profession Comedian
Birthday October 16

I believe that love and laughter can only happen when one person takes the time to think about what would cause the other person to feel good.

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If love is the treasure, laughter is the key.

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Never having alone time is real tough on people.

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In America, your job determines your marks. In Soviet Russia, Marx determine your job!

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Falling in love is a chemical reaction. But it wears off in a year.

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Balance is so important in our lives.

In our busy world, we can give ourselves balance between thinking and feeling.

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We may have forgotten how to feel. Nobody is teaching us how to live happily ever after, as we've heard in fairy tales.

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When the needs of one person are being met by the other, there is laughter.

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In Soviet Russia, party always finds you!

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My father described this tall lady who stands in the middle of the New York harbor, holding high a torch to welcome people seeking freedom in America. I instantly fell in love.

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I was not only typecast as a Russian, but I was typecast as Yakov Smirnoff.

This is understandable, and I was very happy to get the roles, but it would be nice to be in a movie where I could be someone else.

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I came to America to make it my home, and I did.

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I was a comedian in Russia, and I worked on the cruise ships there.

I met a lot of Americans, and they were laughing even though I didn't speak their language.

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Americans think Soviets are so grim. I want them to see that they can smile.

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In today's society we sometimes forget to balance our hearts and our heads;

this is the reason we stop laughing.

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After the Soviet Union collapsed, people thought I wasn't funny anymore.

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A Russian Reversal quote on Uncyclopedia's Soviet Union article? How original.

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In Russia, if a male athelete loses he becomes a female athelete.

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If you have something important to say, Broadway and New York are great places to say it.

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Comedians are always hitting the topical notes that are on everybody's minds.

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I fed my ego, but not my soul.

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Men and women are immigrants in each other's worlds.

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We have been learning since we were children how to make money, buy things, build things. The whole education system is set up to teach us how to think, not to feel.

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In America, you drive car. In Soviet Russia, car drive you!

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I believe that laughter is a language of God and that we can all live happily ever laughter.

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Russian men have a saying: "Women are like buses..." That's it.

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I found out that when you get married the man becomes the head of the house.

And the woman becomes the neck, and she turns the head any way she wants to.

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