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Upcoming appearances include:

Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June, both days at 7 PM: Got fun Nekome with the New Yiddish Rep and the Jewish Plays Project at the 14th Street Y. Hear this 100-year old and still controversial play in its original Yiddish!

Sunday 28 August 2016 at 2 PM at the Ot Azey program in Cape Town, South Africa. Welcome to the World of Fiddler on the Roof: A Celebration of the Wit & Wisdom of Sholem Aleichem in Words and Song. Starring New York guest artist Shane Baker with Caely-Jo Levy & the Yid Dish Players.

Sunday 11 September 2016 at 2 PM at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal. Sholem Aleichem 100th yortsayt program featuring Congress director Shane Baker in a solo appearance in Yiddish and English. For more information, see here.

Saturday 29 October and Sunday 30 October 2016 at the Phoenix Theater in Melbourne, Australia: Sholem Aleichem yortsayt program in conjunction with the Melbourne Kadimah.


Past appearances:

October 15-November 22, 2015: Charley in New Yiddish Rep’s Drama Desk-nominated production of Joseph Buloff’s legendary Yiddish translation of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

Thursday 17 September, 2015 THE BIG BUPKIS RIDES AGAIN: a one night only revival of The Big Bupkis!  A Complete Gentile’s Guide to Yiddish Vaudeville at Cloud City in Williamsburg, featuring Jeff Seal and Hye Young Chyun.

Thursday 20 August 2015, emcee for the KlezKanada Cabaret.

Saturday 15 August 2015, An Ovnt in Kasino – A Night in the Casino. With Amanda Miryem-Khaye Seigel for Yugntruf’s Yidish-vokh in Reisterstown, MD.

Saturday 1 August 2015 and Sunday 2 August 2015 Big Time On The Small Time, the best and worst of vaudeville remembered.  With Steve Sterner at the piano, and introducing the talented Loo H, direct from South Korea!

Tuesday 26 May 2015 at 7 PM at the Yidish-vinkl in Mexico City:  ”Yidishe Peña” — an evening of songs and stories in Yiddish, with Spanish supertitles.  In concert with Miryem-Khaye Seigel.

Sunday 22 February 2015 at 1:30 PM at the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center in the Bronx — Purim party.  This will be a glat Yidish appearance including magic and humorous recitations.  Also on the bill, Lorin Sklamberg of the Klezmatics.

Wednesday 28 January 2o15 at 3:15 PM and 8:45 PM, the Jack Feldstein’s short animation How to Break into Yiddish Vaudeville will see its world debut at the New York Jewish Film Festival.  Script by Shane Baker and Allen Lewis Rickman, narration by Shane Baker.  Illustrations by Ellen Stedfeld.  Shown on a bill with the film Natan.

Wednesday 21 January 2015 at 6 PM in “Language Matters” at the National Museum of the American Indian in NYC: special program to kick off the broadcast of the PBS series on disappearing languages.  Yours truly will provide the surprise Yiddish segment.  Also on the bill: poet Bob Holman and a hula troupe!

Sunday 11 January 2015 at 9 PM appearance in Force Majeure variety show at the Cobra Club.  ”The Longest 10 Minutes in Showbiz” — mostly magic.  Also on the bill:  clown Audrey Crabtree and Lady Aye the Sword Swallower.  Host Tanya Solomon.

Friday 2 January 2015 at 7:30 AM EST (yes, folks, 7:30 in the ante meridian!) at the Metropolitan Room, when we’ll be breaking the Guiness World’s Record for the longest variety show in history.  Tickets and information here, live feed for those who can’t attend in person here.  Also on the bill:  Tony Danza and Marilyn Maye.