Friday, May 16, 2008

Branson too!

As I mentioned in the last post, we each selected a show to attend while in Branson. Ron picked Yakov Smirnoff - who I remember as the famous Russian-born comedian from the 1980s who always exclaimed, "What a country!" It turns out he is much more. In addition to being a great comedian, he is also an artist and holds a masters degree in philosophy.

The fun starts on the street with the most imaginative sign in town.

His little feet (well, not so little) are mechanized and move up and down as if trapped in the sign.

Here's the man himself signing autographs during intermission. He is very gracious with the audience and said he would stay after the show until everyone who wanted an autograph, had one.

The show was not quite what I expected. Sure, it was very funny, but also thought-provoking, poignant, and, above all, patriotic. He truly loves his adopted country and reminds us how special it is to be an American.

Good news! While walking around town, Ron finally found that elusive turkey he was hunting in Arkansas.

And I found a nice, cuddly teddy bear.

We had been told there are no bad shows in Branson. Wednesday night we found out even the free ones are terrific. This talented couple, Gordy Wensel and Debbie Kaye, came to our RV park and entertained in the social hall.

They are very talented singers and connected with the small but enthusiastic audience with jokes and playfulness. They are hoping to have their own show in the fall and will be appearing all over South Texas this winter. I told them I would put them on my blog - after all, it's read by tens of people!

Obviously Ron had a good time.


  1. Sounds like you had a fabulous time in Branson.

  2. Yakov is good. Even my husband liked it. Donna