"Today's World of Comedy"
Do you like to laugh? Do people other than your mother find you funny? Why would an MIT trained engineer decide to pursue stand up?
These are some of the questions that Comedian Jeff Applebaum will discuss as he talks about starting and working a career in stand up comedy. He will also cover the world of comedy today and how it has changed in the last 50 years. Or has it? Oh - he might share some of his humor, too, which includes his role as legendary Rat Pack member Joey Bishop.
After 20+ years in California, this New York City native is finally learning to speak English. Jeff’s 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 teen son who calls himself “Jewnese,” because he says it sounds better than “Chine-ish.”
Jeff recently made his national U.S. TV debut on CBS as a comedian on the "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." He has also appeared on 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, Kevin Pollak, Jake Johannsen, and more.
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, Manchester, NH, 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, he is currently developing the Comedy Channel for Aha Radio, and lives with his wife and three children in Silicon Valley, California. Learn more at http://www.jeffapplebaum.com