Yakov Smirnoff to have final season in Branson

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BRANSON, Mo. (AP) -- Comedian Yakov Smirnoff says 2012 will be his last full season performing in Branson, Mo.

The 60-year-old comedian said in a news release Monday that he plans to tour the U.S. in 2013 with his stand-up comedy show.

Next year will be Smirnoff's 20th season performing the Yakov LIVE! production. The Russian comedian became famous in the 1980s for his observations about life in the United States.

Smirnoff said he will continue to live in the southwest Missouri resort town of Branson. He also plants to stay active in the community and in his theater.