The Yiddish Cabaret

David Schneider, Michael Wex

01/03/2009 12:30 pm

Opening with a melange of memoir, twisted folktale and a Yiddish lesson from one of the pioneering figures in the North American storytelling revival, Michael Wex – who believes he would have been the George Formby of Yiddish if he could only sing or play the ukulele… or if he ever made a living from it. It’s like an hour of Hebrew school, with Sidney James as the teacher.

Then, after the interval, we were joined by some of the most exciting Jewish talent around as they capture the outrageous, iconoclastic spirit of the 1920s Yiddish cabaret and shlep it oying and kvetching into the 21st century. Curated and including performances by actor, comedian and all round Yiddish obsessive David Schneider with music, magic, sketches, even – keneynehora – sensuality. This was Yiddish Cabaret like you’ve never seen it before.

David Schneider

David Schneider researched a PhD in Yiddish drama at Oxford before becoming the hilarious writer of – and actor and comedian in – award-winning comedy shows and films such as I’m Alan Partridge and Mission Impossible.

Michael Wex

Author of Born to Kvetch, Jewish Week columnist, bon vivant and raconteur, Michael Wex has been called \"a Yiddish national treasure;\" Born to Kvetch, the bestselling book ever written about Yiddish, was hailed by The New York Times as \"wise, witty and altogether wonderful.\" Wex lives with his wife and daughter in Toronto.