Meet the Obsessive Jews:
For more than two decades, Alan Klein has been spinning news, galvanizing public opinion and landing cutting-edge issues on front pages and in primetime.One of the nation’s first public relations professionals to cater to LGBT clients, Mr. Klein provided strategic communications services to the nation’s most high-profile nonprofit organizations and to corporate clients.
His work with God’s Love We Deliver generated consistent front-page attention. His historic media campaign for Comedy Central helped make Out There – the first all-gay television comedy series – a top ratings winner. During Stonewall 25, he made Stadtlanders’ mile-long Rainbow Flag the predominant image for the historic 25th anniversary of the gay rights movement. He later served as the communications director for Rainbow 25. For AT&T and Rolling Stone, he garnered live shots from New York to Los Angeles. He also brought national attention to HBO’s Matthew Shepard documentary “Dear Jesse.”
Mr. Klein’s involvement in social issues and civil rights has been extensive. He was a founding member of the AIDS activist group ACT UP, he co-founded Queer Nation and created and produced “The Anti-Violence Campaign,” the first-ever anti-gay violence PSA campaign, chaired by actress Susan Sarandon.
As national communications director and spokesperson for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Mr. Klein played a pivotal role in the Ellen Degeneres coming out media frenzy by orchestrating much of the international coverage. He also co-founded the successful Internet campaign StopDrLaura.com.
Alan Klein is now Alan Klein Communications, a strategic communications, public relations and brand management firm.
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Mark “Jaffe” Cohen
Mark Jaffe Cohen is an award winning screenwriter, author, stand up comic, actor and educator. His screenplay Hit and Runway, which he co-wrote with director Christopher Livingston, won “Best Screenplay” at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, Outfest, the Seattle Film Festival and the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, hosted by HBO. The film was released theatrically in early 2001 by Lot 47 Films.
Jaffe also has the distinction of being one of the first openly gay standup comedians on national television. His groundbreaking appearance on fox Television’s “Comic Strip Live” in 1990 was followed by numerous television and radio spots. His one act play “Elliot Bound” was produced at NYU in 1980 and was later revived Off-Broadway and his highly acclaimed one man show The King of Kings and I, directed by Michael Zam, opened in New York at the Courtyard Theater and has been performed in many cities across the country.
His comic memoir with the same title was published by Harper Collins in 1997. Jaffe is also the co-author of Growing Up Gay: from Left Out to Coming Out published by Hyperion. He also created and performed in a sketch comedy show called In Thru the Out Door which was broadcast on CBC in 1999.
In addition, he was one of a half dozen featured performers in the film documentary We’re Funny That Way shown on CBC and Cinemax. Jaffe also had speaking roles in two major Hollywood films, As Good As It Gets, directed by James L. Brooks and Hanging Up, directed by Diane Keaton.
A native New Yorker, Jaffe is currently writing a new screenplay with the producer of Hit and Runway and a novel about a horny gay astrologer.
For more info, please visit Jaffe’s Web page.