Biography

Photos by Jillian Kay

After 20+ years in California, this New York City native is finally learning to speak English. Jeff’s clean comedy examines his particular life experiences, which include being the only white kid on his Little League team in Queens, having a Chinese wife who orders from take-out menus in fluent Mandarin, and raising a teenage son who calls himself “Jewnese,” because he says it sounds better than “Chine-ish.”

Jeff recently made his national TV debut on CBS as a comedian on the "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." He has also appeared on Comedy.TV, Byron Allen's nationally syndicated Entertainment Studios program, ABC-TV, and opened for and performed with comic legends Robert Klein, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Kevin Pollak, Jake Johannsen, and more. He's also a frequent guest on KGO Radio, AM810.

Jeff was cast by Sandy Hackett, the late Buddy Hackett's son, to play the principal role of Joey Bishop in the long-running musical tribute "The Rat Pack Is Back," in San Francisco, Chicago, and Las Vegas. Jeff is also credited and appears in the blockbuster film "The Pursuit of Happyness," starring Will Smith.

Prior to comedy, Jeff worked as an engineer, using his two degrees from MIT. Along with performing and coaching, he is currently developing the Comedy Channel for Aha Radio. Jeff currently lives with his wife and three children in Calfornia.

Clubs / Theaters
The Comedy Studio, Cambrigde, MA
The Improv: Orlando, FL & San Jose, CA
The Green Room: San Francisco, CA
The Ice House: Pasadena, CA
The 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, CA
Rooster T Feathers: Sunnyvale, CA
Cobb's Comedy Club: San Francisco, CA
Bellagio Hotel: Las Vegas, NV
Laughs Unlimited: Sacramento, CA
Little Fox Theater: Redwood City, CA
FunnyFest - Calgary, AB
Castagnolas - San Francisco, CA
Crow's Nest: Santa Cruz, CA
The Punchline, San Francisco, CA
Marin Showcase Theater - Marin, CA
The Palace Theatre: Manchester, NH
Big Lil's Comedy Cabaret: San Jose, CA
Herbst Theater: San Francisco, CA
Tommy T's: Concord, CA
Pepperbelly's Comedy Club: Fairfield, CA
Zanies: Chicago, IL


Performed With
Robert Klein, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Bobby Slayton, Kevin Pollak, Robert Schimmel, Jake Johannsen, Mickey Joseph, David Alan Moss, Clinton Jackson, Dan St. Paul, David Feldman, Dat Phan, Jack Mayberry, Robert Hawkins, Mark Pitta, Tom Rhoads, Don Friesen, Michael Pace, Grace White, Eric "Smooth E" Schwartz, Amy Anderson, Ty Barnett, Brian Malow, Robert Duchaine, Monique Marvez, Stephen B, Basile, and many more.

Television / Radio / Film / Print / Voice Over
"Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" - CBS - Guest Comedian
"Stand-Up It's Thursday Nite" on KRON4 - TV (3 shows)
PBS Special - "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" with Robert Kiyosaki
TV Commercials: Acura; Hong Kong Tourism Board - San Francisco, CA and Hong Kong
Featured Guest: KSCU - 103.3 FM (1 hour interview, live radio)
Corporate Videos: "Internet Learning Series" and "Designer's Documentary" - Principal
Citrix: "El Combo Doso" - Product Parody, Santa Clara, CA
Music Video: "Deal With It" - Writer, Producer, Director, and main actor
Feature Film: "The Pursuit of Happyness" - with Will Smith (2006). IMDB Credit.
Print & Commercial Work: Hewlett Packard. Applied Underwriters
Voice Over: "The Internet Learning Series" - Cadence Design Systems, San Jose, CA

Theater
"The Tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey, & Dean - The Rat Pack." - Plays Joey Bishop - principal. Cast by Sandy Hackett, Buddy Hackett's son. Performs in San Francisco, Chicago, and Las Vegas.

Corporate
ASTRA Women's Business Alliance (San Francisco, CA); InterNet Associates: Summer Conference (Sacramento & Anaheim, CA); Free Enterprise Conference (Sacramento); E-Commerce Symposium (San Jose, CA); Enlighted (San Jose, CA); Janz Spring Leadership (Vancouver, BC); Communication & Business Development Convention (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Oakland, Irvine, Glendale, Stockton, Palmdale, CA; and Chicago, IL, New York, NY, Boston, MA, Boise, ID, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC, Milwaukee, WI, Indianapolis, IN, Albuquerque, NM, Orlando, FL, Maui, HI, Las Croabas, Puerto Rico); Cadence International Users Group (San Jose), Lockheed Martin Holiday Events (Sunnyvale, CA); United Way Fundraiser (San Jose, CA); Silver Creek Church (San Jose, CA), Soroptimist International (Auburn, CA), Dental Conference, San Francisco, CA, Lions Club International: San Jose, CA, Webex: San Jose, CA, Bay Area Classic Learning - Elderhostel: San Francisco, CA; Delmonte Group, LLC, Alamo, CA; Addison Pensak Jewish Community Center, Los Gatos, CA; Kaiser Hospice Services, San Francisco, CA, CVM Inc., Pleasanton, CA; Abbott Laboratories - Diabetes Division, Alameda, CA, South Peninsula Hebrew Day School, Sunnyvale, CA; US Foodservice, Livermore, CA; Farmers Insurance- Fresno, CA.

Training
Neil Leiberman, The Comedy Coach®, San Francisco, CA
Dr. Stanley H. Brobston, Syosset, NY (Voice)
Lydia Esslinger, Syosset, NY (Acting)

 

What people are saying about Jeff from Laugh.com

"Jeff came on my radio show as a guest and delivered an astonishing comic act that had everyone in the studio laughing. If this guy had his own radio show, he would be destined to succeed. He projects one-liners with his own style and wit and he keeps you interested and entertained at the same time." - DJ Modern Mark KSCU - 103.3 FM

"Jeff Applebaum was absolutely fabulous at our Lockheed Martin Fundraiser this past year at the Santa Clara Marriott. His sense of humor, style and professionalism were great; perfect for guests. Jeff had the crowd engaged and laughing. Jeff was a delight, like a breath of fresh air for a typically serious, conservative crowd. Jeff helped make our gala event a memorial evening." - Beatriz Valdez Ontiveros, Event Coordinator Lockheed Martin

"Jeff was very entertaining to watch and listen to at Rooster T-Feathers [comedy club]. His message is clear, funny and hilarious. He crosses cultural barriers without offense that we can all laugh at. The world is full of beautiful people and Jeff not only allows you to see it... but laugh at it. Great job Jeff, I look forward to watching you sore and reach your goals." - Dr. Cree Guardino

"Our big birthday celebration was a total blast at RoosterTs! Jeff was hilarious and our party of 20 enjoyed a fabulous time! Jeff's sincerity, wit and expressions were entertaining and funny. We will look for Jeff at all the hot comedy spots from now on." - Maryanne B

"Yo Jeff. Met you at the Comedy Club at the WebEx show. You were the best of the bunch and we laughed well into the night. Get back to the East Coast." - Jeff B.

"Thanks for a great show at the winery, Jeff. The crowd loved you! We've have gotten so much positive response about the performance...can't wait to do it again!". - Chris W.

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