A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
Improvisation Across Genres: Jules Feiffer on His Creative Process
Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist and writer, describes his process, and recognizing his own improvisational technique in the art of comedians Elaine May and Mike Nichols.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jules Feiffer.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Improvisation Across Genres: Jules Feiffer on His Creative Process2 minutes 7 seconds
"It Was a Dream Come True": Working and Learning alongside Will Eisner3 minutes 49 seconds
"They Invented the America They Wanted to be a Part Of": Jewish Assimilation in the Early 20th Century2 minutes 37 seconds
From Fan to Groupie: Getting Hired By Will Eisner3 minutes 23 seconds
"Now I'm As Good As You Are": Jules Feiffer On Fame1 minute 39 seconds
“The Only Funny Guy Around Was Me”: Jules Feiffer on Finding His Jewish Community2 minutes 14 seconds
Beyond the New Deal Democrats: Leftist Politics in New York City1 minute 57 seconds
"A Personal Offense": A Mother Comes to Terms With the Great Depression2 minutes
“The Storytelling, the Attitude, the Give and Take”: The Influence of Yiddish Theater on American Culture2 minutes 54 seconds
"Funny Was a Way of Survival": Understanding Jewish Comedy2 minutes 10 seconds
"I Was a Victim of the Lesson Plan": Learning Resistance in School3 minutes 24 seconds
"My Job Was Uncovering Cover Stories": A Jewish Cartoonist Searches for Truth3 minutes 37 seconds
Transforming Rage Into Art: Lessons From the Army4 minutes 11 seconds
Remembering an "Education By Way of the Library"1 minute 20 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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