Sunday, May 13, 2012

"Born to Kvetch" Author Michael Wex in Funny Standup on Chassidic Summer Camp


We've profiled Michael Wex before, as author of Born to Kvetch, Just Say Nu, and in other posts relating to Yiddish expressions. But until now, we didn't know he performed standup routines. 

Here's one we found with Wex delighting an audience with his account of attending a "Chasidic camp for socially backward boys of Polish Chasidic parents" in upstate New York called Camp Shomer P'soyim (a line from Psalms that translates as "the Lord protects the feeble-minded").

At his camp there were no sports - only "Gemora under the open skies" and a famous water sports program where every Friday afternoon every boy got five minutes in the mikvah with a snorkel. This was a camp where a rebbe from Brooklyn visited once a week, a well known youth specialist who came all decked out in full Chassidic regalia, who only had two topics of conversation -- sins he suspected the boys were guilty of -- Zionism and nocturnal emissions. 

With a dry, deadpan expression, Wex continues to describe his camp experience in the summer of 1969, carving baby carrots in the mohel workshop while hippies and helicopters were converging on Woodstock, a short distance away. Enjoy!

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