Jeff Allen (comedian)

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Jeff Allen
Comedian Jeff Allen.jpg
Pseudonym Jeff Allen
Birth name Jeffrey Allen Mishler
Born (1956-06-05) 5 June 1956 (age 58)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Medium Film
Years active 1978-present
Influences Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld
Spouse Tami Mishler

Jeff Allen, born Jeffrey Allen Mishler on June 5, 1956,[1] is an American comedian best known for his film Happy Wife, Happy Life, Revisited.[2] He is also known for his starring roles in several full-length comedy films, including: Bananas,[3] Thou Shalt Laugh,[4] Apostles of Comedy,[5] and Apostles of Comedy: Onwards and Upwards.[6] Allen currently tours [7] the United States performing in churches, corporate venues and comedy clubs.

Early life[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois, he moved to Saulk Village, Illinois at age five.[8] Allen’s father, Jack Mishler, aspired to be a painter but could only support his family as a construction worker.[9] His mother, Arlene Mishler, worked for 30 years at Stauffer Chemical Company.

Early career[edit]

Allen began his career in 1978 in the comedy clubs of Chicago. Humiliated by the low pay and lack of respect, Allen, then a self-declared atheist, turned to drugs and alcohol.[10] In 1987 he got sober and in 1997 he became a born-again Christian. As he worked clean, in the style of Bill Cosby and Jerry Seinfeld, churches became a significant venue for his act, which, unless specifically requested, is devoid of Christian references.[11]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife Tami and two children (although in his act there are three). His oldest son served with the 101st Airborne in Iraq.[12]

Humanitarian Causes[edit]

Since becoming a Christian, Jeff Allen has been involved with many humanitarian causes, including being an early supporter of the Bridge Ministry.[13] For years he served as a “World Vision Artist” – performing at various events and espousing the virtues of the organization.[14] In 2012, Jeff Allen became allied with Gestures of Generosity [15] sponsored by Thrivent Financial,[16] a faith-based, $75 billion not-for-profit Fortune 500 company which provides financial and philanthropic services throughout the world. Gestures of Generosity supports multiple humanitarian causes, including intervening in human trafficking. Allen performs annually, and is a spokesperson for, Hope House International,[17] an international ministry for orphans.


  • 2002 Happy Wife, Happy Life® [18]
  • 2003 Ken Davis and Friends: Lighten Up and Laugh [19]
  • 2005 Happy Wife, Happy Life, Revisited® [20]
  • 2005 The Bananas Comedy Special: Volume I [21]
  • 2006 The Bananas Comedy Special: Volume II [22]
  • 2006 Thou Shalt Laugh [23]
  • 2008 Apostles of Comedy – The Movie [24]
  • 2008 My Heart, My Comedy [25]
  • 2013 Apostles of Comedy – Onwards and Upwards [26]


  • 2002 Happy Wife, Happy Life
  • 2005 Happy Wife, Happy Life, Revisited [27]
  • 2005 The Bananas Comedy Special: Volume I [28]
  • 2012 Three Word Vocabulary™ [29]

Television and Other Major Appearances[edit]

  • One‐hour comedy special, Happy Wife, Happy Life®, on the Odyssey Channel, Family Net and the Worship Network
  • Two‐time featured performer at the National Prayer Breakfast
  • Performed for the troops in Bahrain and on ships in the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean
  • Comedy Central’s Premium Blend
  • Showtime
  • VH1’s Standup Spotlight
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Montreal’s ‘’Just For Laughs’’ International Comedy Festival
  • Co‐hosted the Gospel Music Associations Pre‐Dove Awards
  • HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado
  • Featured performer at the Inaugural Gala for President George W Bush’s Inauguration
  • Starred in national tours, ‘’Apostles of Comedy’’ and ‘’Jeff Allen & Friends: Funny People of Faith’’
  • Featured comedian on Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Tours
  • Regularly heard on SiriusXM Radio, Jones Radio Network, Focus on the Family [30] and The Blaze
  • Performing at Franklin Christian Academy's "SpringStation" Thursday, April 23rd

Books and Other Publications[edit]

  • My Life as a Bystander [31]
  • Living with Teenagers (regular columnist) 2006-2009 [32]
  • Homelife (regular columnist) 2007-2009 [33]
  • Homecoming (regular columnist) 2007-2010 [34]


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