About Jeff Applebaum

After 25+ 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, moving to Long Island for high school, having a Chinese wife and raising children who call themselves “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.” He has also appeared on Comics Unleashed and Comedy.TV, Byron Allen’s nationally syndicated Entertainment Studios program, ABC-TV, America’s Got Talent on NBC and opened for and performed with comic legends Robert Klein, Mort Sahl, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Kevin Pollak, Elayne Boosler, Jimmy “JJ” Walker, and more.  His DryBar Comedy Special releases in the Summer of 2020, and he’s also a frequent guest on KGO Radio, AM810 in San Francisco, CA.

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 comedy Apps, and lives with his wife and children in Calfornia.

Clubs / Theaters
Acme Comedy Club, Minneapolis, MN
Angelicas, Redwood City, CA
The Comedy Studio, Cambrigde, MA
The California Theater, Pittsburg, CA
The Improv: Orlando, FL & San Jose, CA
The Improv: Hollywood, CA & Ontario, CA
The Grand Hyatt, San Francisco, CA
The Green Room: San Francisco, CA
The Ice House: Pasadena, CA
The Empress Theater, Vallejo, 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
Levity Live, West Nyack, NY
Little Fox Theater: Redwood City, CA
Liquid Laughs, Boise, ID
FunnyFest – Calgary, AB
Gotham Comedy Club, New York, NY
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
Planet Gemini – Monterey, CA
Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy – Bloomington, MN
Seven Feathers Casino – Canyonville, OR
Big Lil’s Comedy Cabaret: San Jose, CA
Herbst Theater: San Francisco, CA
Tommy T’s: Concord and Pleasanton, CA
Pepperbelly’s Comedy Club: Fairfield, CA
Zanies: Chicago, IL

Performed With
Robert Klein, Mort Sahl, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Bobby Slayton, Kevin Pollak, Robert Schimmel, Jake Johannsen, Elayne Boosler, Kevin Nealon, Mickey Joseph, Jimmy “JJ” Walker, Adam Hunter, David Alan Moss, Clinton Jackson, Dan St. Paul, David Feldman, Dat Phan, Jack Mayberry, Robert Hawkins, Mark Pitta, “Chicago Steve” Barkley, Mickey Joseph, 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
DryBar Comedy – VidAngel – Featured Special
Comics Unleashed – Entertainment Studios – Guest Comedian
Comedy.TV – Entertainment Studios – 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
“View from the Bay” – Guest Interviewee – ABC-TV
XCOM – Video Game – Motion Capture Artist – 2K Games, Inc.
Voice Over: “The Internet Learning Series” – Cadence Design Systems, San Jose, CA

“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.

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.

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.