From Wiki Gonzalez
In Mother Russia, Yakov Smirnoff edits you!
These jokes are a take off of classic slashdot humor.
Actually, no they're not. How stupid of me to say so. You see, Smirnoff created the jokes, and then Slashdot took them. Evidently I have no conception not only of causality but also chronology.
Slashdot is another online community that considers itself the end-all-be-all of intelligent thought on a subject, only their subject is technology instead of baseball. Another difference is that Slashdot is actually the end-all-be-all of intelligent thought.
The real Yakov Smirnoff has taken his act to Branson, Missouri aka "Vegas, if Flanders was running things."
Examples of real Yakov Smirnoff humor:
In Russia is freedom of speech. In America is also freedom after speech.
In America, you watch television. In Soviet Russia, television watches you.
In California, you can always find a party. In Soviet Russia, the Party can always find you.
[Reading out job offers] Part-Time Woman Wanted: What a country! Even transvestites can get work!
[Being offered a job as a barman] A bar in a cemetary! What a country! Last call? During Happy Hour the place must be dead.