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The contrasting images of a stereotypical traditional European Jew, the “Yidl”, combined with the stereotype of a classic cowboy livened the comic effects in Yiddish vaudeville and created popular novelty songs. Yes, there were rare actual cases of Yiddish-speaking cowboys and gauchos but these were reare and far from funny. This conversation will focus on the popular imagination through a motley selection of Yidl cowboys in a mock Wild West. What did these cultural contrasts mean with respect to images of the Jewish male?  Sources include novelty songs by Mickey Katz and Leon Fuchs, popular performers who used a mix of Yiddish and English. Duvid Krankheit, Hopalong Knish and others will appear, including Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys.

Miriam Isaacs is a scholar of Yiddish and we are grateful for her sharing her knowledge with us at Around Town DC.

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