Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cantor Shepsil Kanarek

Michael Rosenberg [1900-1972], a well known Yiddish comedian of another era, performs in-character as Shepsil Kanarek from Poughkeepsie, New York, auditioning for a cantor position for the High Holidays. Rosenberg had roles in 13 films between 1931 and 1950. Even if your understanding of Yiddish is limited, you can get a sense of this sketch. The comedic timing is perfect.