The "Department of Jokes"

Friday, May 16, 2014


The notion of using broad laws to suppress the arts has a long and horrifying tradition in Russia. Bob talks with comedian Yakov Smirnoff about performing in the Soviet Union, where comics had to submit jokes to a Department of Humor for approval.

And watch some of Smirnoff's standup about Cold War comedy here:


Yakov Smirnoff

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