David Schneider wants to tell gags at your simchah - and no, this isn’t a joke

By Candice Krieger, January 28, 2010

Comedian David Schneider is now available for barmitzvahs and weddings — no joke.

It might sound like a basis for a comedy sketch show, but the 46-year-old funnyman and scholar of Yiddish, is keen to embrace his Jewishness. He is offering himself as a master of ceremonies (MC) at simchahs.

A writer and comedy actor, Mr Schneider is best known for his appearances in award-winning television shows I’m Alan Partridge, Knowing Me Knowing You and The Day Today. Why would he want to spend his weekend at a stranger’s simchah? “I love doing Jewish performance and I thought it would be good to have a funny Jewish MC at a simchah,” he tells People. Besides, it is a chance for him to perform his “Jewish set” — the gags about matzo and Adon Olam might not go down so well at the Comedy Store, he says.

Mr Schneider, who has a doctorate in Yiddish from Oxford, has been writing a great deal of general comedy material of late, but it is his Jewish jokes that he is keen to tell. He is currently performing his “Jewish set” at UK universities.

“It’s been a long time since I was barmitzvah’d and I am interested in getting back into the simchahs. What are the dads dancing to now?” Something tells me that Mr Schneider already has an answer — as well as some moves that he is waiting to unleash.

Last updated: 10:30am, January 28 2010