Yakov Smirnoff

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    The Nine Distinct States That Make Up Missouri

    No matter the issue, Missouri has always been labeled as a state of two distinct camps: Yankee vs. Confederate, urban vs. rural, Blue state vs. Red, Calvin pissing on a Ford logo/Calvin pissing on a Chevy logo and — most divisive of all — "Missouri" vs. "Missourah." In reality, though, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Branson Invites You to "Come On Down"

    Branson, Missouri, once described by Homer Simpson as being like "Las Vegas if it were run by Ned Flanders" is actually getting an injection of genuine Vegas glitz. No, not the Spearmint Rhino -- it's Branson, remember -- the Las Vegas stage version of "The Price Is Right Live" will open in Branson ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Nooooo! Yakov Smirnoff Ending Branson Performance

    Photo: Jennifer SilverbergBranson is great, but America? "What a country!" And Yakov says it's time to see more of it.​After twenty years, Ukranian comic Yakov Smirnoff is winding down his live performance in Branson. Smirnoff will continue his act at his theatre through 2012. He then plans to tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    No Nelly Outdoors in Branson

    Last night in Branson, Missouri, the board of aldermen nixed a proposed outdoor concert by the Lou's hip-hop superstar, Nelly. According to the Springfield News-Leader: The Branson Board of Aldermen Tuesday night rejected an appeal from a production company looking to hold an outdoor concert at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Ahh, Branson. Dolly Parton, Baldknobbers, Yakov and Honest-to-Goodness Human Slaves

    Photo: Jennifer SilverbergBranson at night is a scary place. Especially when you're there against your will.Branson, to put it mildly, is an unusual place. As I reported back in 2007, the southwestern Missouri town is something like a '50s fantasy camp. Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff keeps the Cold ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 11, 2009

    We Work Hard for Our Money

    So hard for it, honey

  • Music

    October 10, 2007

    Show Me the Garage Rock!

    B-Sides highlights must-see acts in this weekend's Show-Me Blowout.

  • News

    October 10, 2007

    Cheesehead Chatter

    The Best of St. Louis? Not everyone thinks so.

  • News

    August 15, 2007

    God. Country (and what a country!). BRANSON.

    Join us on a guided tour of emigré comedian Yakov Smirnoff's adopted home, a veritable geezer's Shangri-La.

  • News

    March 7, 2007

    As the World Branson.

    Plus: Spicy sex games for the Christian couple.

  • Dining

    April 19, 2006

    From Russia with Latkes

    A Russian buffet in suburban Creve Coeur. Who knew?

  • News

    March 15, 2006

    Stout Fellow

    Unreal hoists (metaphorical) pints with Yakov Smirnoff and (real) pints with the Guinness brewmaster; then we try to get a deal on an empty Falstaff keg. Plus: RFT editor Tom Finkel makes some unbelievable hires!

  • Film

    February 23, 2005

    Same Old Song and Dance

    Jane Austen goes Bollywood in Bride & Prejudice

  • News

    February 9, 2005

    Tough Love

    Out with the Pulitzer Prize, in with the Lee EnterPrize! Plus: Unreal learns a thing or two about loveless marriages, sexually deviant robots and a man who gets lots of our money

  • News

    March 10, 2004

    Rock On and On and On and On

    Make Sweet Meat proud in the KSHE 95 March Bandness: Tournament of Rock; plus, give us your juiciest Berger Bite, check out some cranky public art and a Branson Idol hopeful -- and don't pack heat in Dierbergs

  • News

    August 25, 1999

    Strip Search

    Looking for Ozark culture amid the neon, glitter and traffic of Highway 76 in Branson