Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Betty Walker (1928-1982) was a Jewish-American comic who performed primarily during the 1950s and 1960s. She was born Edith Seeman in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Latvian immigrants.
Walker had a very pronounced nasal Yiddish accent that fit the stereotype of a yenta. As soon as she started to speak you knew that you would soon be laughing. She was the star of a few notable comedy record albums, and contributed greatly to their success. They included You Don't Have to be Jewish, When You're in Love the Whole World is Jewish, Hello Ceil, It's Me and The Yiddish are Coming, The Yiddish are Coming.
Today we're sharing two of her best routines, one long and one short. Here are A Call from Long Islalnd from You Don't Have to be Jewish and The Opening from The Yiddish are Coming, The Yiddish are Coming.
The recordings precede the days of video and YouTube, so just close your eyes and listen and imagine the scene while you laugh.
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