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Virtual Comedy with Jeff Applebaum

Congregation Beth Shalom will host a virtual comedy night with headliner Jeff Applebaum, and featuring Patrick McDermott, at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23. The cost is $75 per household, which includes a tin of Napa Nuts. (Additional tins are $25 each.)

Applebaum, a native of New York City, examines his particular life experiences in his clean comedy. These 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.”

He 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.

Applebaum played Joey Bishop in the long-running musical tribute “The Rat Pack Is Back,” in San Francisco, Chicago and Las Vegas. He also appears in the blockbuster film “The Pursuit of Happyness,” starring Will Smith.

Prior to comedy, Applebaum worked as an engineer, using his two degrees from MIT.

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