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Yakov Smirnoff Performance Presented By Gallo Aug. 29
Renowned comedian Yakov Smirnoff, a Russian immigrant, will perform via livestream as part of a special program hosted through The Gallo Center for the Arts. The show is set for a 6 p.m. start time on Saturday, Aug. 29. Photo Contributed

The Gallo Center for the Arts will present its first ever live stream performance on Saturday, Aug. 29. It stars renowned comedian Yakov Smirnoff, a Russian immigrant who loves America and being American. His show is “United We Laugh,” and it’s a live, family friendly, online special that will leave you in stitches laughing and shedding a tear at the same time – right in the comfort of your home. You’ll get 75 minutes of non-stop hilarity for a cost of just $25 per household.

The show is set for a 6 p.m. start time on Aug. 29.

Buy Gallo Center tickets only from the Gallo ticket office, website or phone.

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Gallo Center ticket office is closed until further notice, but members of the ticket office staff are working behind the scenes. To contact them, send an email to They will respond as promptly as possible. The Gallo Center ticket office is at 1000 I St., downtown Modesto

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The Gallo Center for the Arts accepts payment for tickets by cash, personal check, MasterCard, VISA and American Express. Tickets purchased online or by phone are subject to a $2 facility restoration fee and a $4 handling fee. Tickets purchased in person at the ticket office are subject only to the $2 facility restoration fee.

A legend in American comedy, who came to this country after escaping communist Soviet Russia in the 1970’s, Yakov Smirnoff arrived with nothing but a dream. Not knowing English, Yakov humbly began working as a bartender at the famous Grossinger’s Catskill Resort in New York, where he was able to tell jokes each night after his shifts.

As his English improved, Yakov quickly grew in popularity. He would then make the move to Los Angeles where the owner of The Comedy Store, Mitzi Shore, took him under her wing. His lovable view of life through the eyes of a poor immigrant captured the hearts of America. He soared to the top of the comedy world performing on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and countless other television programs, including as a regular character on “Night Court” and the star of his very own show, named after his famous catch-phrase, “What a Country!” He branched out to the big screen where he starred in movies with Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, and Jack Nicholson to name a few. Yakov continues touring the world doing stand-up, and has his very own theater in Branson, Missouri.