A Legend In American Comedy: Yakov Smirnoff, July 17th

Yakov Smirnoff – a true legend in American comedy – will make his debut on The Grand’s stage Saturday, July 17 at 5pm and 8pm. If “laughter is the best medicine,” then Smirnoff’s PhD in Global Leadership from Pepperdine University should have been a double major!

Providing a solo-turn he calls “Happily Ever Laughter”, Smirnoff will share his story of escaping communist Soviet Russia in the 1970s and arrival in the United States with nothing but a dream.  His endearing view of life through the eyes of a poor immigrant captured the hearts of Americans and he soared to the top of the comedy world performing on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, as well as countless other television programs.  Yakov was a regular on “Night Court” and had his own show, named after his famous catchphrase – “What a Country!”  He also appeared on the big screen where he starred in movies with Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, Jack Nicholson and many others. With the heart of a dreamer, Yakov Smirnoff has made the impossible possible and continues to inspire others with his love for America: “What a Country!”

Tickets for this production are on sale and available for both performances. Seating capacity will be limited to 200 patrons per performance. Social-distancing and masks will be required for all attending the concert. To purchase tickets, contact The Grand’s Box Office at 409.765.1894, 800.821.1894, or visit The Grand at

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Grand 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Postoffice Street in Galveston’s historic downtown Cultural Arts District and is recognized as “The Official Opera House of the State of Texas.” All major credit cards accepted.



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