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About Yuk Yuk's

Executive Bios

Mark Breslin

Jeff Silverman

Claudio Luca

Jeff Silverman - President

Jeff is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He worked for four years as a Commercial Artist at TRP Studios in London and became Account Representative for Benson & Hedges, Milk and Rothman Cigarettes.......In 1974 Jeff joined his brother operating Quasar Publisher Representative Company in New York, a company which produced restaurant reviews for Cavalier, After Dark and Penthouse Magazine. The company also published “WHOS WHO IN NORTH AMERICAN RESTAURANTS."

Moving to Canada in 1976, Jeff moved into the Entertainment business by operating three of Toronto's hottest Entertainment venues, The 99 CENT ROXY Repertory movie theatre, the NEW YORK THEATRE on Yonge at Bloor and the HORSESHOE TAVERN. For several years Jeff and his partner Gary Topp introduced some of the hottest music to Toronto. These acts included The Ramones, The Police, Tom Waits, Joan Jett, Patti Smith and many many more.

In 1980 Jeff created and produced Canada's first all night television show “THE ALL NIGHT SHOW” which brought back old hit TV sitcoms like “Have Gun will Travel,” “The Twilight Show,” “Outer Limits,” etc. as well as showcasing new musical talent and producing over a 1,000 hours of live television.

From 1983 to 1985 Jeff produced the award winning series “CONCERTS IN THE PARK” for CBC TV highlighting Canadian Talent such as the Good Brothers, Rough Trade, Ronnie Hawkins, Manteca, The Boss Brass, etc. Jeff also produced and sold to the CBC a series of rock concerts called “ROCK DELUXE” which highlighted international music performs such as a Flock of Segulls, Brian Ferry, Little Feat, etc.

In 1985 Jeff was hired as the Molson representative for the Tour 1986 and 87 concert series, working with touring acts like Billy Idol, Tina Turner, David Bowie, and Michael Jackson. In 1989 Jeff was hired as the Account Director for the O'Keefe Centre (now called the Hummingbird Centre) in Toronto, where he used his expertise to help market and promote some of the biggest shows in entertainment. Some of these shows included “42 nd St, Westside Story, Sesame Street Live, The Boyfriend, Camelot and many more.

In 1986 Jeff began working with Mark Breslin as Vice President of Marketing and promotions. In 1990, Jeff became Marks partner and President where he remains to this day as the business force behind Yuk Yuk's the world's largest chain of comedy clubs and Canada's national stand up Comedy Company.