Why People Kill People Over Satire


And then there’s the comedian Yakov Smirnoff, who emigrated to the U.S. For his Reagan-era stand-up act, Smirnoff crafted an exquisitely funny, haunting joke about those natural counterparts, tyranny and comedy.

“Many people are surprised to hear that we have comedians in Russia, but they are there,” he wrote. “They are dead, but they are there.”

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