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Yakov Smirnoff

How Putin Reminds Me of When I Was Censored by the Department of Jokes

Yakov Smirnoff | Posted 06.12.2014 | World
Yakov Smirnoff

As a comedian under the Soviet Union, once a year, I had to submit our material to the Department of Humor for authorization, and we were prohibited from deviating in any way from the approved material in our acts. I now see the same thing happening under Putin. There is a new law requiring bloggers to register with the government. Putin also signed another law that criminalizes profanity in TV, movies, books or plays. Because of such restrictions, Twitter in Russia has not caught on as it has in the United States. This is probably because in America, if you have a lot of followers, you're considered popular. In Russia, if you have followers, it means you're under surveillance.

John Celock

Tony Orlando, Yakov Smirnoff Wade Into State Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

Singer Tony Orlando and comedian Yakov Smirnoff have both endorsed a candidate for Arkansas state treasurer in next year's election. As first repo...

An Apology for a Youngin's Bookshelf

Sarah Alban | Posted 01.01.2013 | College
Sarah Alban

I got caught reading Craig Ferguson's memoir, American on Purpose, today. What I said to the educated professional thumbing through my diversion was, "You should've caught me Monday. I was reading about Shakespeare, which is much more impressive." The first part of that's true.

I May Run for President and I Am Available for a Lucrative TV Deal

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Stranahan

The 2012 elections are just around the corner so it's obviously time for me to start hinting that I may run for president. Because, who knows? Don't count me out. I might!

12 Comics Who Aren't Funny? Or, Let Us Now Bash Robin Williams Part. 1

Jonathan Leigh Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jonathan Leigh Solomon

Who is Sarah Ball and why is she saying awful things about Emo Phillips? And, why is she not saying awful things about Robin Williams?