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Hey, all you Fun-atics! After retiring from the Carnival Fun Squad on August 13th, the one and only JTFD joins the Punchliner fly-on roster on August 16th.

Here are my ships so far:


August 16 -21 Carnival Glory
August 23-28 Carnival Freedom

September 6-11 Carnival Glory
September 28 - October 6 Carnival Valor

 October 11-18 Carnival Miracle

November 8-14 Carnival Magic
November 16-25 Carnival Conquest

December 7-12 Carnival Magic
December 14 - 21 Carnival Splendor

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


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!

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.


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:

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 in a few days. Get it while supplies last (most likely till the end of the century)!

Hi, there, Fun-atics! After one year and sixteen drafts, my first Kindle book is now available for purchase on 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.

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!

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.

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.





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"?!)

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!

Hey there, Fun-atics! How would you like to hear all about the Fun Dude's first time on stage, way back in 1986? I'm the guest on the latest episode of the podcast "Mad Man with Bob Golub." Bob is a very funny stand-up comic and actor with whom I've had the pleasure of working on the Carnival Dream several times over the past few months. Bob had one of the most highly rated episodes of Marc Maron's WTF podcast.

This is a great week for the Fun Dude! I've been wanting to go the the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal for over 20 years now and I'm finally here, thanks to my boss at Carnival Cruise Lines. We're here July 23-27 scouting new talent for our Punchliner Comedy Clubs. There is an unbelievable amount of amazing talent this year. Check out some of the comedy superstars and newbies we've been able to enjoy at

It also doesn't hurt that I'm staying in a swanky hotel with a king-size bed and big-screen HD TV. They're going to have to drag me back onto the Dream Sunday kicking and screaming!

Hello there, Fun-atics! I've been back on the Carnival Dream since March 29th and everything is fun-tastic. The Gulf Coast cruisers are great laughers and I've been having a ton of fun running around New Orleans consuming as much chicory coffee and beignets as possible.

The Home Office has been sending me a lot of great new Punchliner Comedians, such as Mike Speenberg, Mike Marino and Claude Stuart. 

Now that I'm settled in and having fun, dude, I'll be posting regular humor pieces about ship life again. You can check out the last two I've written by clicking on Essays on this site or by visiting my blog, "The Fun Dude Abides."

I leave for a three-week trip to Croatia today. The Caribbean is for wussies!


If you have time, please check out the last essay I'll post until I get back.

"Videmo se!" (That's Croatian for "I'm outta here, bee-otch!")

Greetings, Fun-atics! It's me, JTFD!

If you're curious about how much fun it is to occupy a crew cabin for six months, read my latest essay, "Cabin Fever," by clicking on "Essays" or by visiting my blog site, "The Fun Dude Abides."

And don't forget to follow the FUN-ny on Twitter ,Facebook and Google + !

The best thing about working on a cruise ship is sharing bunk beds with another full-grown adult. Fortunately, I really liked my roommate last contract. I was lucky, too, because they say 50% of crew members can't stand their roommates. This is according to a recent survey that was taken in my cabin.

I felt sorry for my roommate because he had a potentially fatal sleep disorder called sleep apnea. The reason sleep apnea can be fatal is sleep apnea can lead to breathing problems, which can lead to chronic snoring, which can lead to me bashing your head in with a tennis racket.

Until next time--have fun, dude!

Greetings from Cleveland, Ohio!. Brrrr! Although it's been hard to stay warm with the mercury hovering around 7 degrees all week long, I've been enjoying my first week of vacation. I've been catching up on The Daily Show as well as writing. My first essay of my two-month break is up at my Word Press site "The Fun Dude Abides." 

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter and Facebook as well. Here's a recent post I made about Jay Leno's last "Tonight Show"...

It's that time again, Fun-atics--time for the Fun Dude to go on vacation. I can hardly wait to get back to Cleveland and try out my new snow shoes!

I'm going to spend a month back home and then a month in Europe with the Fun Chick.

Although I'll be posting regular essays while on vacation (back on the Dream March 29th in time for New Orleans!), here is one last one before I leave: "Acid Trip."

I hope it doesn't cause you heartburn!

Happy New Year, Fun Bitches! 2014 is shaping up nicely. Our first full cruise of the New Year saw us missing two ports and the ship being pounded by rain and wind at sea. Then, our new comedians missed the ship in the last port so Carnival let me headline all five Punchliner shows Thursday night. They figured that, with all the disappointments our guests experienced that cruise, what's one more?

Fortunately, my five shows rocked and I had last Friday night off. Unfortunately, I came down with the flue and have spent the past two days in isolation. The nurses say it's because of my unfunny jokes, but the doctor blames the flue virus.

Regardless, between coughing jags and the final few episodes of Season 2 of "Dexter," I've been able to crank out my first comedic essay of 2014.

Enjoy--and have fun, dudes!



My latest humor essay is up. You can check it out at or here on the site under Essays. Have fun, dudes!


Hey, Fun-atics--it's been a while. I've been really busy lately running the Punchliner and working on projects for the home office in Miami. Meanwhile, Zeljka and I received our marriage license in the mail so it won't be long before we get hitched. Anyway, if you have time, check out my latest humor essay.


Hey, Fun-atics! My new essay is up. You can click on Essays or go to my blog "The Fun Dude Abides." Please take this one with a grain of salt, dudes and dude-ettes! The Fun Dude loves you!

Hey, Fun-atics! I'm in Puerto Rico today. My rain forest tour was canceled due to the government shutdown. Gee, I wonder why Puerto Ricans aren't pushing for statehood.

Anyway, my latest humor essay, "I Kid You Not," is up. You can read it on my blog or here on my site by clicking on Essays.

And don't forget to follow me on Twitter and Facebook by clicking on the social media icons to your right.

Until next time, have fun, dudes!

Hey there, Fun-atics! This has been a busy week for the Fun Dude. I am filling in tonight as one of the Punchliner headliners tonight for the start of our Western Caribbean cruise right after filling in last cruise as well.

My new humor essay, "The Big 'O'" covers this. Please check it out and let me know what you think.

Until next time--have fun, dude!

Miss me? Sorry, Fun-atics, but I've been busy working on writing projects for the home office in Miami so I've only had time to post a new humor essay every other week. "Be My Guest, Too" is part two of my previous piece. This week I take a humorous look at the four types of cruise ship guests.

I'll have another piece up next Saturday. Meanwhile, I got the chance to headline again recently when a headliner missed the ship. So I'm busy editing video and audio footage of those shows. Hopefully, I'll have some new clips up soon as well as a comedy album for sale on Amazon, I-Tunes and on this site.

So until next week, have fun, dude!

Howdy, Fun-atics! This week's humor essay is up after taking last week off to work on other writing projects.

OK, so you can read this week's humor essay by clicking on ESSAYS or by clicking on the Tumblr widget.

But or those of you new to sarcasm, hyperbole and irony, please do me a favor and read between the lines. This is not a Bush-bashing piece. The man lead the country for eight years and I can't even make Cruise Director. He's accomplished a lot in his life and I have no idea what it's like to walk a mile in his shoes or get a shoe thrown at me by an Iraqi reporter, for that matter.

Hey, there, all you Fun-atics!

My new humor piece is up at 

You can also click on "Essays."

I'd like to thank comedian Tommy Drake for doing five different shows in the Punchliner last cruise, making it much easier for me to fill-in for rescheduled comedian Al Ernst. 

My five headline shows went great thanks to some amazing guests. In fact, the shows went so well, look forward to seeing more audio and video clips on this site soon.

Hey, all you Fun-atics, if you've ever wondered what it's like to be a Punchliner comedian, check out my new humor essay which reveals the lifestyle of a fly-on entertainer in all its sybaritic splendor.

Today the Dream sets sail for the Western Caribbean. Our two comedians for the first half of the cruise are Steve White and Ronnie Bullard. 

Let the fun begin, dude!

Hey, all you fun-antics! Jeff the Fun Dude returns to the Carnival Dream in Port Canaveral this Saturday, July 27th, for another contract as the comedy club manager and opening act for The Punchliner Comedy Club Presented by George Lopez.

Wait till you get a load of this ship: Jeff "The Fun Dude" has gone digital!

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