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Comedian Yakov Smirnoff weighs in on the science of laughter and romance




Laughter could be the secret to a lasting relationship, according to comedian Yakov Smirnoff.
Laughter could be the secret to a lasting relationship, according to comedian Yakov Smirnoff.
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Laughter could be the secret to a lasting relationship, according to comedian Yakov Smirnoff.

For the past 20 years, Smirnoff has been using his theater in Branson, Missouri as a testing ground on how laughter can be a barometer for how happy couples are together.

As a veteran actor, writer and producer, which include appearances in films such as “The Money Pit,” Smirnoff has a great body of knowledge when it comes to making people laugh. But he dove into the world of science at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his master’s degree in psychology in 2006.

In his upcoming PBS special, “Happily Ever Laughter: The Neuroscience of Romance,” Smirnoff combines his stand-up comedy and love of psychology into a motivational talk about how to improve romantic relationships through laughter. He speaks with Larry Mantle today on what led him to create this new one man show.

Happily Ever Laughter: The Neuroscience of Romance” airs Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. on PBS SoCal

Guest:

Yakov Smirnoff, comedian, actor, writer and creator of the PBS special, “Happily Ever Laughter: The Neuroscience of Romance”