I’ve written and performed stand-up, sketches, MCing, one-woman shows and performance pieces ranging from moustachioed Yiddish street theater to literary speed dating. In the late 90s, I even performed gender. My favorite characters include a competitive shtetl fishwife, a techno-obsessed soccer mom, a know-it-all cervix, and Franz, an upper upper crust psychoanalyst. I like to play with observation, cultivated gesticulation, facial expression, sardony, heavy slap-stick and my friends.
I have performed at events including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Toronto’s Hysteria Festival for Women in the Arts, and I was a semi-finalist in the UK national Funny Women and So You Think You’re Funny competitions. My stand-up has been broadcast on radio, and I have appeared as a talking head and guest on TV (Anderson Cooper, BBC Scotland, CJNT, Discovery).
My one-woman shows:
‘The Only Jew in the Village’ is a stand-up/storytelling/rant/confession about my life as a Canadian suburban Jewess living in London, focusing on my attempts at understanding the English psyche, making latkehs for dukes, and going to the gym with radical Muslims. I performed the piece at venues including London’s Rich Mix theatre and the Montreal Jewish Public Library. My first one-woman show, ‘Totally Chana Senesh,’ is a mix of stand-up, character comedy and satirical lectures about the legacy of the Holocaust in generations of Jewish women, and was staged at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
You can read more about my performance work in these profiles:
A piece about ‘The Only Jew in the Village’ in the London Jewish Chronicle: Interview: Judy Batalion
A piece about my stand-up in the Saatchi art journal:
The Art of Comedy