COLUMBIA, Mo. – Branson funnyman Yakov Smirnoff hopes that some time spent in University of Missouri classrooms will provide fodder for an upcoming TV sitcom.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Smirnoff is scheduled to visit Columbia and observe classes focused on relationships as research for a new series under development.
The Russian-born comic says “Happily Ever Laughter” is being produced by the company behind such TV hits as “The Cosby Show,” “That ‘70s Show” and “Roseanne.” Smirnoff portrays a Midwestern comedian who is also a college professor and marriage counselor.
Smirnoff’s official biography says he has taught part-time at Missouri State University and Drury University in Springfield. He also has a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.