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Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman best known as Leizer and Chaimie from the cult hit web series Yidlife Crisis.
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Created by Eli Batalion & Jamie Elman, YidLife Crisis is the world’s first 18 and over/Chai+ Yiddish web series. It’s won numerous awards and been described* as “One of the Top 1000 Things to Happen to the Yiddish Language in the Last 1000 Years”. (*By Eli and Jamie)
They will be appearing at JW3 in London as part of “Oy Canada: A Celebration of Canadian Jews” on 1st July 2021, here is the link https://www.jw3.org.uk/whats-on/oy-canada-celebration-canadian-jews
Wanting to pay homage to the yiddishkayt in their upbringing and the Jewish comedic lens on life with which they were raised, Eli and Jamie developed the YidLife Crisis web series and cultural brand. They describe YidLife Crisis as a love letter about modern Jewish identity, set mostly in Yiddish, making Jewish identity inclusive to all through the ice-breaking power of comedy. What started as a passion project turned into a hit with over 3,000,000 video views and 30,000 subscribers, global press, awards and accolades, the collaboration of talent such as Mayim Bialik and Howie Mandel, and a chance to work with various organizations from Jewish community centers through academic institutions through comedy festivals.
Jamie has appeared on many of television's most acclaimed series including Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm, House M.D., Criminal Minds, Without A Trace, CSI: NY, The Closer and The Young and the Restless. He also played Luke, the resident piano-playing record store guy and boyfriend, for three seasons on NBC's award winning and critically lauded drama American Dreams. His breakout role was Cody on the FOX/YTV hit teen sitcom Student Bodies. Jamie has starred in "California Dreamin'" (Grand Prix, Un Certain Regard, 2007 Cannes Film Festival), "When Nietzsche Wept", "Shattered Glass", "The Chicago 8", "Saving Lincoln", and "Random Encounters". He has done extensive voice work for video games such as Star Wars: The Old Republic and animated films including Disney's Wreck-It Ralph and the blockbuster Frozen. He also wrote and starred in the web series "crazy/sexy/awkward," produced by Howie Mandel, and "YidLife Crisis," the world's first 18+ Yiddish comedy series. He recently appeared in the finale of Canadian series "Bomb Girls." Jamie is also an accomplished blues and jazz pianist and singer.
Eli Batalion is a writer, producer, director, actor and composer for film, TV, the web and the stage who has taken his love of the arts into the realm of social entrepreneurship. Hei began his career in musical theatre with the award-winning internationally touring play "JOB: The Hip-Hop Musical." He and partner Jerome Sable evolved their work to the screen with the musical horror comedy short "The Legend of Beaver Dam" selected to TIFF, Sundance, Berlinale and over 75 global film festivals. From there, they evolved to feature horror musical comedy Stage Fright featuring Minne Driver and Meat Loaf. "YidLife Crisis," Eli's project done with partner Jamie Elman, uses the disarming power of comedy to be able to build bridges within and between communities. In a short period of time, it has grown from an award-winning fictional web series to an unscripted digital docu-series "Global Shtetl," the award-winning documentary feature "CHEWDAISM: A Taste of Jewish Montreal" and a global live touring phenomenon. Eli's writing/directing feature film debut, Appiness, supported by Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund, was released by distributor Gravitas Ventures in 2020.
*This episode was recorded under lockdown conditions.
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