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The Holidays Are Over--Back to Sea!

Hey, all you Fun-atics! I spent the holidays at home for only the second time in 10 years. So I was able to yet again trade a maritime Christmas for a merry one, and still a "maritime" was had by all.

Here's where the Coast Guard can find me in January:

CARNIVAL SENSATION: JAN. 6-10

CARNIVAL SENSATION: JAN. 11-14

CARNIVAL BREEZE: JAN. 18-20

CARNIVAL BREEZE: JAN. 21-23

More dates to come. (Which is more than I can say about my love life....)

Happy New Year and have fun, dudes!

 

Look out, Miami--here comes the Fun Dude!

Greetings, Fun-atics! Your Friendly Neighborhood Fun Dude is headed to the Carnival Splendor January 29th for six weeks as comedy club host in the Punchliner. Then I transfer to the Dream March 12th and until around August. This will be a tough contract because I'll be without the Fun Chick (she's living it up Down Under on the Legend!) and I'll be hosting activities around the ship during the day (gotta love them budget cuts!). But I've also gotten some good news I'll reveal at a later date, so I can definitely see the light at the end of the...ahem...funnel!

Have fun, dudes!

25th Anniversary of My "Comedy on the Road" Appearance

Hey there, all you FUN-atics! I'm excited to say that my cousin Sandy was recently digitizing some of her treasured VHS tapes when she stumbled across the last remaining copy of my second and last (and only actually aired) national TV show appearance from 1991. "Comedy on the Road" was an A & E comedy show hosted by John Binder and the booker was the manager of Drew Carey and Tim Allen, and both of them asked him to put me on the show.

Although it's embarrassing to see how incredibly bad I was back then, it makes me feel good to see how far I've come as a writer and performer in the past 25 years. What's wrong with this set? Well, for one every joke is a hack, made-up joke that had no basis in reality. Although the majority of the jokes are well written and performed, I had no point of view back then and absolutely no sense of who I was or where I was going. Great comedians possess and express themselves though a unique comedic voice. But back then I was doing jokes about "my brother Silas" who didn't exist.

Yikes!

But regardless, I remember Drew Carey driving me to the Dallas airport (we were working the Funny Bone in Arlington that week and that was the comedy condo where I fielded the phone call from NBC that landed him his first "Tonight Show"spot with Johnny Carson") to catch my flight to Detroit. I taped the show at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, MI, in November of 1991, and it aired on A & E in September of 1992.

Anyway, here you go: https://youtu.be/0jgvKKsF64U

The Fun Dude's Guide to Cruising is now an actual book you can spill coffee on or forget on a plane!

Hey, Fun-atics! My Kindle book, The Fun Dude's guide to Cruising, is now available from Amazon's CreateSpace as an actual book you can spill coffee on or forget on a plane. The price is $9.99. Although it's available on CreateSpace now, you'll also be able to get it from Amazon.com in a few days. Get it while supplies last (most likely till the end of the century)!

Move Over, Dave Barry--Here Comes the Fun Dude!

Hi, there, Fun-atics! After one year and sixteen drafts, my first Kindle book is now available for purchase on Amazon.com for $3.99. (Cheaper than an issue of Mad Magazine!) Here's the link: 

The Fun Dude's Guide to Cruising: A Humorous Handbook for Taking Your First Cruise and Living to Complain about It

If you're not sure if cruising is for you, then this funny and irreverent romp through the cruise industry surely is. Written by a stand-up comedian and shipboard comedy club manager who has spent the past decade yucking it up on the high seas, The Fun Dude's Guide to Cruising is the ultimate primer for taking your first cruise. You'll learn how to book your cruise without the help of a reefer-toking travel agent; how to get stranded in Mexico with no passport and no Pepto-Bismol; how to overpack your suitcase with clothes you'll be too drunk to iron; how to eat so much free ice cream you'll slip into a sugar coma; how to imbibe so much alcohol you'll become a CNN headline; how to get free cabin upgrades by behaving like a spoiled child even "Honey Boo-Boo" would scorn; how to ignore important safety information that could save your life while making your entire country look bad in the process; how to get free stuff by complaining about stupid stuff; how to become a karaoke superstar without hitting a single correct note; and, most important, how to annoy everyone else around you without getting pushed overboard. 

Even if you're a veteran cruiser or, better yet, a cruise line employee, The Fun Dude's Guide to Cruising contains enough acerbic fun—and funny—for the misanthropic landlubber in everyone. And for less than half the price of a fruity umbrella drink on Lido Deck.

New for 2016: One rockin' JTFD music video and two adult-comedy CDs!

Happy 2016, all you Fun-atics!

January has been a good month for the Fun Dude. I finally found time to edit footage of my performance in December's crew talent show and the video, "18 & Life" (By Skid Row) is up on this site now. After I finished singing that night, my fiancee Zeljka said to me, "Wow--you're in the wrong profession." I said, "You mean I'm that good of a singer?" "No," she said, "You're that bad of a comedian."

What else? Oh, during the Dream's recent 10-day "Journeys" cruise out of Puerto Rico I had an opportunity to fill fill in for a comic who missed the ship. (I guess that $10 voodoo doll I bought in Old San Juan wasn't a waste of money after all.) So I charged up my Zoom audio recorder and whipped up two new albums worth of 18+ comedy. Both "CDs" contain adult language and strong opinions on social issues, so, if you're easily offended, listen to them twice to make it easier. And because both Louis CK and Jim Gaffigan sell their CDs and videos on their websites for only $5, I figure the only fare price for my crap is free. So if you have some time and cellular data to waste, you can download them here:"Ships & Giggles" / "Walk the Plank!"

That's enough blabbering for now, so enjoy the new content and have a fun February, dudes!

Back for More Fun, Dude!

Hey there, all you fun-atics, after an almost four-month vacation/medical sign-off for chronic Acid Reflux (hurray for ship food!), it's time to get back to work.

I sign back onto the Carnival Dream today in New Orleans for another long, long contract in my favorite comedy club, the Punchliner Presented by George Lopez.

Come hang out. We'll have some fun, dudes.

Saving Arianna!

Hi, everybody. Sorry to bum you out but my 16-year-old niece Arianna (far right, with her younger sister and brother) is in serious condition and is losing her battle with Anorexia.

My sister and brother-in-law are sending her to the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore for 24-hour treatment but their health insurance will only cover part of her care in this specialized facility

If all goes well, she could be better in time to go on her first cruise with her Uncle Fun Dude, June 7th on the Carnival Pride, which, coincidentally, sails out of Baltimore. I bought the cruise as a gift for my parents' 50th anniversary and is scheduled to include my parents, my sister and brother-law, Ariana and her little sister and brother.

Arianna's big sister Rachelle has started a "Go Fund Me" site called "Saving Arianna." Any amount will help so if anyone cares to donate it would be going to a great cause for a great kid.

Thanks!

JTFD

 

 

"The new Fun Dude album's here! The new Fun Dude album's here!"

Don't be a "jerk"--download Jeff the Fun Dude's new comedy album, "Living the Dream," for free (or four easy payments of only $0.00)!

 "The new Fun Dude album's here!"

 P.S. (It's the audio version of the new videos already available on my site. Hey, whaddya want for free, "jerk"?!)





Video Killed the Cruise Ship Star!

Belated Happy New Year, all you Fun-atics!

Although I'm just now getting over a horrendous cold that knocked me on my butt for the first few weeks of the new year, I got the chance to fill-in for one our headliners who missed the ship at the beginning of the month.

It went very well. It fact, the shows were "fun-tastic"! And the good news is I recorded all five sets for an upcoming comedy CD and shot them for my website.

If you look at the column of videos on the left-hand side of this page, you'll see the first three in a series of many more live videos of JTFD to come over the next few weeks.

As for the comedy CD, I haven't decided if it will be in actual CD form, as a digital download or embedded sound files you'll be able to stream or download for free here on the site.

I guess it depends on how badly the recordings suck.

Enjoy -- and have a fun 2015, Dudes!

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