Marc JaffeAFSA Annual Meeting Host
Marc Jaffe has been acting funny for almost 40 years. After getting his MBA from the University of Michigan he followed the typical business career path of stand-up comedy. Within a few years, he was headlining comedy clubs, working cruise ships and appearing on numerous TV shows. Enjoying writing more than performing, he jumped at the opportunity to get off the road when presented with a writing job for a new TV show called Seinfeld for which he contributed at various points throughout its 9 seasons. A series of TV writing jobs followed, but with his wife in an established medical practice back home he chose to leave Hollywood and shift to his own projects. He has authored several books, most notably the best-selling Sleeping With Your Gynecologist – Tales From My Marriage to an OB/GYN, co-created a comedy game show called BONK, and written a syndicated column which ran for 7 years called The Quiz and Stuff. Marc continues to perform stand-up and does commercial voice-over work having been the voice of hundreds of commercials for clients ranging from Subway to United Way.
When his wife Karen was diagnosed with Parkinson’s he decided he would ask a few of his comedian friends to put on a show to raise some money for research. Little did he realize that would become the non-profit Shaking With Laughter which he led for 7 years and raised over $1 million for Parkinson’s research.
Marc combined his care partner experience with his comedy writing and wrote the critically acclaimed play Side Effects May Include, which had runs in Chicago, Cleveland and most recently, Off-Broadway at the SoHo Theater in NYC.
Marc and Karen live in Cleveland, Ohio and amongst his other collaborations with Karen, Marc is most proud of his three daughters, now in their 20’s, who, amazingly, all seem to have their act together.