Jeff Allen (comedian)

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Jeff Allen
Birth nameJeffrey Allen Mishler
Born (1956-06-05) June 5, 1956 (age 62)
Sauk Village, Illinois, U.S.
MediumFilm
Years active1978–present
SpouseTami Mishler

Jeffrey Allen Mishler (born June 5, 1956[1]), known professionally as Jeff Allen, 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 Sauk Village, Illinois, he moved to Sauk 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 Fairview, 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.

Filmography[edit]

  • 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]

Discography[edit]

  • 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 1st Annual "SpringStation" Thursday, April 23

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Announcing Apostles of Comedy" Zanies.com, September 8, 2008". nashville.zanies.com.
  2. ^ Happy Wife, Happy Life, Revisited
  3. ^ "Bananas". amazon.com.
  4. ^ "Thou Shalt Laugh". amazon.com.
  5. ^ "Apostles of Comedy". amazon.com.
  6. ^ "Apostles of Comedy: Onwards and Upwards". amazon.com.
  7. ^ "tours". jeffallencomedy.com.
  8. ^ ""Announcing Apostles of Comedy" Zanies.com, September 8, 2008". nashville.zanies.com.
  9. ^ ""Christian Comedy: And He Say That It Was Funny" Chicago Tribune, November 07, 2011". articles.chicagotribune.com.
  10. ^ ""Christian Comedy: And He Say That It Was Funny" Chicago Tribune, November 07, 2011". articles.chicagotribune.com.
  11. ^ "Jeff Allen Bio, The Grable Group"". thegrablegroup.com.
  12. ^ ""Announcing Apostles of Comedy" Zanies.com, September 8, 2008". nashville.zanies.com.
  13. ^ "Bridge Ministry". bridgeministry.org.
  14. ^ "Artists and Speakers". World Vision Canada. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  15. ^ "Gestures of Generosity". gesturesofgenerosity.com.
  16. ^ "Thrivent Financial". thrivent.com.
  17. ^ "Hope House International". hopehouseinternational.org.
  18. ^ "Happy Wife, Happy Life®". amazon.com.
  19. ^ "Ken Davis and Friends: Lighten Up and Laugh". amazon.com.
  20. ^ "Happy Wife, Happy Life, Revisited®". amazon.com.
  21. ^ "The Bananas Comedy Special: Volume I". amazon.com.
  22. ^ "The Bananas Comedy Special: Volume II". amazon.com.
  23. ^ "Thou Shalt Laugh". amazon.com.
  24. ^ "Apostles of Comedy – The Movie". amazon.com.
  25. ^ "My Heart, My Comedy". amazon.com.
  26. ^ "Apostles of Comedy – Onwards and Upwards". dove.org.
  27. ^ "Happy Wife, Happy Life, Revisited". amazon.com.
  28. ^ "The Bananas Comedy Special: Volume I". amazon.com.
  29. ^ "Three Word Vocabulary™". amazon.com.
  30. ^ "Jeff Allen on Focus, The Grable Group"". thegrablegroup.com.
  31. ^ "My Life as a Bystander". amazon.com.
  32. ^ "Living with Teenagers". lifeway.com.
  33. ^ "Homelife". lifeway.com.
  34. ^ "Homecoming". homecomingmagazine.com.

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