Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Comedy Showcase: Meet Jeff Applebaum, Classic Stand-Up Comic

Jeff Applebaum is a New York stand-up comic who transplanted himself to California.
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 pre-teen son who calls himself “Jewnese,” because he says it sounds better than “Chine-ish.”

Jeff made his national TV debut on CBS as a comedian on the "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."

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.

Jeff has been entertaining people all around North America for over 14 years, including audiences of more than 10,000 people at the ARCO Arena (in Sacramento) and the Anaheim Convention Center. His down-to-earth style and resemblance to popular TV characters has led to great shows at clubs, colleges, and corporate functions.

Here's Jeff performing on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Jeff is cultivating another generation of comedy.  His 12-year-old son, Josh, has performed on the same bill with Jeff.  Here he is on stage at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, California.

And here's Jeff impersonating the legendary Joey Bishop (Joseph Abraham Gottlieb)  who was perhaps best known for being a member of the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin. Bishop appeared on television as early as 1948 and eventually starred in his own weekly comedy series as well as hosting a talk show.

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