My Yiddishe Mother Tongue

books-thecatinthehat-yiddishSholem-aleykhem! Which is Yiddish for hello…

Not really a video this, but a couple of extracts from a documentary I did for Radio 4 about my mother’s parents – a Yiddish playwright and actress – and my general obsession with the language and culture of Yiddish.

First extract is where I take my mother back to the site of the Grand Palais Yiddish theatre in the East End of London where my grandmother was an actress and my grandfather a playwright.

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The second is part of an interview about Yiddish with former head of ITV Michael Grade, sharing a couple of his favourite insults.

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Want a bit more Yiddish? Well, here’s a link to an article I wrote for the Jewish Chronicle…

Yiddish kvetches

And, whilst we’re at it, here’s a nice review from the Guardian that I’m postingĀ  here so my family can kvell, which means glow with pride. In a Jewish way…

The Guardian: My Yiddishe Mother-tongue

Mr Bean judo class

Some dodgy German posted some of the Mr Bean I did on youtube, taking care not to leave in the punchline or the bit at the start where I showed off my top judo skills throwing a couple of blokes about. Still, you get to learn the German for “One deep bow and then the throw”…

Armando Iannucci Shows: Dinner Party

Not strictly a video of me but something I directed for The Armando Iannucci Shows that were on Channel 4 back in the day. He’s a funny guy. Could go places…

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