35 episodes

An unashamedly Jewish comedy chat show where all are welcome!
Jew Talkin' To Me? is hosted by award winning comedians, Rachel Creeger and Philip Simon, and produced by Russell Balkind. Each show features two guests from the entertainment industry sharing their views on a variety of topics connected to modern Jewish life in a secular world, as well as their memories of growing up Jewish.
Both Philip and Rachel are well known as Jewish comedians on both the mainstream and community circuit and our guest list includes stand-up comedians, presenters, broadcasters, journalists and writers who are Jewish, have some Jewish heritage, or a Jewish connection.
Philip and Rachel have been collaborating for a few years, but who are we as individuals?
Philip Simon
WINNER of the Jewish Comedian of the Year 2015
WINNER of the Lastminute Comedy Comedian of the Year 2015
As a stand up Philip gigs throughout the UK, as well having performed as far flung places as America, Scandinavia, Europe, The Middle East and New Zealand. He is MC and curator of the Edinburgh Fringe's cult hit show Jew-O-Rama where Jewish and Jew”ish” acts perform to a mainly non-Jewish audience in packed out rooms each year. He is also resident compere at Borehamwood Comedy Club, works on panels shows including Mock the Week and Taskmaster and has been featured on BBC R2 and BBC 3CR, as well as acting in TV sitcoms such as My Family.
Rachel Creeger
WINNER Most Audience Recommended Show Camden Fringe 2012
WINNER Best Comedy Award Greater Manchester Fringe 2017
Rachel is the only practising orthodox Jewish woman on the UK comedy circuit and has attracted a big following outside of her community who are interested in a unique, accessible voice from an unlikely source. Her debut solo show ‘It’s No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl’ had a sell-out Edinburgh run in 2017, followed by tours of the UK and Israel. She's now meant to be touring her 5* show, ‘Hinayni! but, you know, the 'rona’. Rachel is the host of Central London's spectacular annual event Chanukah in the Square and resident MC of comedy club Upstairs at the Adam & Eve. As heard on BBC Radio London (regular guest) BBC R2, BBC Ouch and BBC 3CR. She is also an award winning director and critically acclaimed playwright.
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An unashamedly Jewish comedy chat show where all are welcome!
Jew Talkin' To Me? is hosted by award winning comedians, Rachel Creeger and Philip Simon, and produced by Russell Balkind. Each show features two guests from the entertainment industry sharing their views on a variety of topics connected to modern Jewish life in a secular world, as well as their memories of growing up Jewish.
Both Philip and Rachel are well known as Jewish comedians on both the mainstream and community circuit and our guest list includes stand-up comedians, presenters, broadcasters, journalists and writers who are Jewish, have some Jewish heritage, or a Jewish connection.
Philip and Rachel have been collaborating for a few years, but who are we as individuals?
Philip Simon
WINNER of the Jewish Comedian of the Year 2015
WINNER of the Lastminute Comedy Comedian of the Year 2015
As a stand up Philip gigs throughout the UK, as well having performed as far flung places as America, Scandinavia, Europe, The Middle East and New Zealand. He is MC and curator of the Edinburgh Fringe's cult hit show Jew-O-Rama where Jewish and Jew”ish” acts perform to a mainly non-Jewish audience in packed out rooms each year. He is also resident compere at Borehamwood Comedy Club, works on panels shows including Mock the Week and Taskmaster and has been featured on BBC R2 and BBC 3CR, as well as acting in TV sitcoms such as My Family.
Rachel Creeger
WINNER Most Audience Recommended Show Camden Fringe 2012
WINNER Best Comedy Award Greater Manchester Fringe 2017
Rachel is the only practising orthodox Jewish woman on the UK comedy circuit and has attracted a big following outside of her community who are interested in a unique, accessible voice from an unlikely source. Her debut solo show ‘It’s No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl’ had a sell-out Edinburgh run in 2017, followed by tours of the UK and Israel. She's now meant to be touring her 5* show, ‘Hinayni! but, you know, the 'rona’. Rachel is the host of Central London's spectacular annual event Chanukah in the Square and resident MC of comedy club Upstairs at the Adam & Eve. As heard on BBC Radio London (regular guest) BBC R2, BBC Ouch and BBC 3CR. She is also an award winning director and critically acclaimed playwright.
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    Jew Talkin' To Me? with YidLife Crisis (Eli Batalion & Jamie Elman)

    Jew Talkin' To Me? with YidLife Crisis (Eli Batalion & Jamie Elman)

    Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman best known as Leizer and Chaimie from the cult hit web series Yidlife Crisis. 
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    Yidlife Crisis
    Twitter: @YidLifeCrisis
    Instagram: @yidlifecrisis
    Website: www.yidlifecrisis.com
    Created by Eli Batalion & Jamie Elman, YidLife Crisis is the world’s first 18 and over/Chai+ Yiddish web series. It’s won numerous awards and been described* as “One of the Top 1000 Things to Happen to the Yiddish Language in the Last 1000 Years”. (*By Eli and Jamie) 
    They will be appearing at JW3 in London as part of “Oy Canada: A Celebration of Canadian Jews” on 1st July 2021, here is the link https://www.jw3.org.uk/whats-on/oy-canada-celebration-canadian-jews
    Wanting to pay homage to the yiddishkayt in their upbringing and the Jewish comedic lens on life with which they were raised, Eli and Jamie developed the YidLife Crisis web series and cultural brand. They describe YidLife Crisis as a love letter about modern Jewish identity, set mostly in Yiddish,  making Jewish identity inclusive to all through the ice-breaking power of comedy. What started as a passion project turned into a hit with over 3,000,000 video views and 30,000 subscribers, global press, awards and accolades, the collaboration of talent such as Mayim Bialik and Howie Mandel, and a chance to work with various organizations from Jewish community centers through academic institutions through comedy festivals. 
    Jamie Elman
    Twitter: @JamieElman
    Jamie has appeared on many of television's most acclaimed series including Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm, House M.D., Criminal Minds, Without A Trace, CSI: NY, The Closer and The Young and the Restless. He also played Luke, the resident piano-playing record store guy and boyfriend, for three seasons on NBC's award winning and critically lauded drama American Dreams. His breakout role was Cody on the FOX/YTV hit teen sitcom Student Bodies. Jamie has starred in "California Dreamin'" (Grand Prix, Un Certain Regard, 2007 Cannes Film Festival), "When Nietzsche Wept", "Shattered Glass", "The Chicago 8", "Saving Lincoln", and "Random Encounters". He has done extensive voice work for video games such as Star Wars: The Old Republic and animated films including Disney's Wreck-It Ralph and the blockbuster Frozen. He also wrote and starred in the web series "crazy/sexy/awkward," produced by Howie Mandel, and "YidLife Crisis," the world's first 18+ Yiddish comedy series. He recently appeared in the finale of Canadian series "Bomb Girls." Jamie is also an accomplished blues and jazz pianist and singer.
    Eli Batalion 
    Twitter: @EliBatalion
    Instagram: @elibatalion
    Eli Batalion is a writer, producer, director, actor and composer for film, TV, the web and the stage who has taken his love of the arts into the realm of social entrepreneurship. Hei began his career in musical theatre with the award-winning internationally touring play "JOB: The Hip-Hop Musical." He and partner Jerome Sable evolved their work to the screen with the musical horror comedy short "The Legend of Beaver Dam" selected to TIFF, Sundance, Berlinale and over 75 global film festivals. From there, they evolved to feature horror musical comedy Stage Fright featuring Minne Driver and Meat Loaf. "YidLife Crisis," Eli's project d

    • 48 min
    Jew Talkin’ To Me? with Hilary Freeman & Alastair Falk

    Jew Talkin’ To Me? with Hilary Freeman & Alastair Falk

    Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are journalist and agony aunt Hilary Freeman & educator turned festival producer Alastair Falk 
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    Hilary Freeman
    Twitter: @HFreemanauthor
    Instagram: @noveliser
    Website: www.hilaryfreeman.com
    Hilary Freeman is an experienced freelance journalist, novelist and agony aunt, as well as a frequent contributor to radio and TV programmes. Hilary's articles have appeared in newspapers including: Daily Mail, The Times, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mirror, and The Independent, as well as Grazia, You Magazine, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping. Some of her pieces have gone viral, attracting thousands of shares, tweets, blogs and correspondence. Others have been used as teaching aids in schools and universities. She's also a ghostwriter and associate lecturer, and a media consultant/trainer. Hilary has had seven novels published, including When I Was Me, Loving Danny and the Camden Town Tales series. 
    Alastair Falk 
    Twitter: @tsitsitfringe
    Instagram: @tsitsitfringe
    Website: www.tsitsitfringe.org 
    Within Jewish circles Alastair is possibly most recognisable as the founder of Limmud, a Jewish festival offering sessions on everything spanning arts, culture, social justice, Torah, philosophy, politics, history, and more. Limmud began in the UK but now has satellites all over the world. An experienced ex Head of three schools and education charity professional, Alastair came to the attention of the press when he was appointed as the UK's first "superhead" in Tony Blair's academy scheme. He currently works with the Foundation for Education Development on a project bringing together diverse voices and ideas in order to construct a long term strategy for education policy. But it was his experience with touring his one man show 'Much Ado About Noshing', that led him to develop his new project, Tsitsit, the world's first Jewish themed Fringe Festival. Happening across the UK in October 2021, Tsitsit will showcase grassroots Jewish themed music, theatre, comedy and (all being well!) a new children's musical Alastair himself is currently writing.
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    • 39 min
    Jew Talkin' To Me? with Mark Maier & Rachel Berger

    Jew Talkin' To Me? with Mark Maier & Rachel Berger

    Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are Mark Maier & Rachel Berger.
    Follow them on social media, follow US on social media and don't forget to let us know what you think about the show.
    Facebook: @JewTalkin
    Twitter: @JewTalkin
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    Lots more fantastic episodes waiting to be released every Friday morning, so don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a 5* review - it really helps other people find the show. Go on… it’s what your mother would want!
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    Mark Maier
    Twitter: @markgmaier 
    Instagram: @markgmaier
    Websites: www.markmaier.co.uk and www.markmaierdraws.com
    Talented award-winning writer and stand-up, Mark Maier, is an established and highly sought after performer on both the national and international comedy circuits. He has worked the comedy clubs of Germany, Holland, Ireland, Hong Kong, The Bahamas, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Mark has also appeared in Harry Hill The Movie and in various cameo roles in the series Harry Hill’s TEA-TIME. Mark has taught and performed improvisation with Catherine Tate in London and has had a string of successful radio series, in which he was both writer and performer. More recently he has rediscovered his artistic roots as a pet and person portrait artist. His TV credits include Boy Meets Girl (BBC2), Edinburgh Nights for the BBC, World Stands Up (Paramount), Dating The Enemy (ITV), Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment (Ch5), The Stand Up Show (BBC1), Five’s Company (Ch5), Rory Bremner - Who Else? (Ch4) and Rove Live for Australian television. His awards include 3 London International Advertising Awards (radio writing – humour), 2 London International Advertising Awards (radio writing – utilities), Aerial Award (radio writing), Radio Writing and Television Award – Hollywood International Broadcast Award (radio writing), and Jewish performer of the year.
    Rachel Berger
    Twitter: @boom_berger
    Website: https://www.rachelberger.com/
    One of Australia’s most highly regarded, adept, and adaptive comedic talents, Rachel Berger has worked as a comedian, broadcaster, novelist, columnist, agitator and television entertainer. Political, passionate and armed only with her material, Rachel has been prowling the stand-up circuit like a tigress for 30 years. Rachel's high public profile has done much to establish the position of women in comedy, providing a distinctive voice for women’s opinions and viewpoints. She’s taken four solo shows to the Edinburgh Festival and her dynamic presence and engagingly sharp observations have made her an extremely popular performer both live and on television, across Australia and overseas. Her debut novel for Penguin, Whaddya Mean You’re Allergic To Rubber? sold out faster than Judas. Rachel's media credits include: Appearing on Statesmen of Comedy, Good Morning Australia, Good News Week, Tonite Live, The Big Gig, The Midday Show, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, hosting UPFRONT, an all women line-up, as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for ABC TV, featuring on Punchlines, a documentary about twenty years of Australian comedy and The Smallest Room in the House, ABC-TV. She’s written for The Weekly Review, The Age, The Sunday Age, Sunday Herald Sun as well as national magazines such as New Woman and Rolling Stone. 
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    • 46 min
    Jew Talkin' To Me? with Luciana Berger & Hugo Rifkind

    Jew Talkin' To Me? with Luciana Berger & Hugo Rifkind

    Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are Luciana Berger & Hugo Rifkind.
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    Luciana Berger
    Twitter: @LucianaBerger
    Instagram: @LucianaBerger
    Luciana served as the Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree for almost a decade. During that time she was the Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Shadow Minister for Public Health and Shadow Cabinet Member for Mental Health. Luciana was also a leading member of the Health and Social Care Select Committee, and the Liberal Democrat Shadow Spokesperson for Health, Social Care and Wellbeing.
    Since leaving politics she is now the Managing Director of Advocacy and Public Affairs, specialising in health, food and drink, climate change and energy policy for a global communications company. She also co-hosts Close Quarters Podcast alongside Head of Brand Strategy and Marketing at the British Business Bank, Rebecca Simon.
    Hugo Rifkind
    Twitter: @HugoRifkind
    Hugo is a columnist and lead writer for The Times, and presents a show on Times Radio. He writes a weekly opinion column and “My Week”, a diary parody - a compendium of his columns, “My Week: The Secret Diaries Of Almost Everyone”, was published in 2013. Hugo also writes regular columns for The Spectator and GQ and is a frequent panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz. His novel, Overexposure, was published in 2006, and Hugo was named columnist of the year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards 2011, and Media Commentator of the Year in the same awards in 2012. He was Stonewall's Journalist of the Year in 2012, in recognition of his strong support for equal marriage. The same year, he was also named Best Grooming Journalist in the P&G Beauty Awards. In 2015, at the Comment Awards, he was named Arts, Culture and Entertainment Commentator of The Year. In 2017, he won both Best of Humour and Critic of the Year at the Society of Editors' Press Awards. In May 2019, Rifkind presented and wrote a programme for BBC Radio 4 entitled Hugo Rifkind's Search For Power.
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    • 41 min
    Jew Talkin’ To Me? with Josh Howie & Noam Shuster

    Jew Talkin’ To Me? with Josh Howie & Noam Shuster

    Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are stand up comic and writer Josh Howie and comedian and activist Noam Shuster.
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    Facebook: @JewTalkin
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    Josh Howie
    Twitter: @joshxhowie
    Instagram: @joshxhowie
    Facebook: @joshhowiecomedian
    Website: www.joshhowie.com
    Writer and star of BBC Radio 4’s sitcom Josh Howie’s Losing It (nominated for a BBC Radio Award) Josh is a much in-demand stand-up comic, performing regularly at all the major comedy clubs around the UK. Over the previous few years Josh has also taken his distinctive brand of humor to India, Ireland, UAE, France, China, Thailand, Switzerland, Finland, Estonia and America. In 2012, he was invited to perform at the prestigious Just for Laugh’s comedy festival in Montreal, where he filmed the internationally distributed Just For Laugh’s All Access TV show. In addition, Josh has written and performed numerous solo shows for the Edinburgh Festival, before sell-out runs at the Soho Theatre, appeared on Dave’s As Yet Untitled with Eddie Izzard, two series of the Comedy Central show Comedy Store, and featured on World Stands Up and Comedy Blue for the same channel. He spent four years as the writer/presenter of The Movie Geek on Sky Movies. Often praised for his writing talent, Josh has a regular column in the Jewish Chronicle and has contributed features to The Guardian, The Times, and The Daily Mail. Josh can currently be seen on My5 TV in the UK in the sitcom “Hapless”, written by previous podcast guest Gary Sinyor.
    Noam Shuster
    Twitter: @ShusterNoam
    Instagram: @noam_joon
    Noam Shuster-Eliassi is a freelance comedian, performer, peacebuilder and activist. A graduate of Brandeis University, she grew up in Neve Shalom Wahat Al Salam ("Oasis of Peace"), the only community where Jews and Palestinians live together by choice, and she performs in three languages - Hebrew, Arabic and English. In 2018, she was named the “New Jewish Comedian of the Year” in London. That same year, she was also the first Jewish performer in the Palestine Comedy Festival and her content went viral in the Arab media. Before lockdown, Noam was at Harvard Divinity School's Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative developing her one-woman show in Hebrew, English and Arabic, entitled "Coexistence My Ass". Public Radio International's (PRI) "The World" show recently did a profile of Noam and her work: https://bit.ly/37wFgY5. On her return to Israel, Noam caught Covid 19 and spent time in a “Corona Hotel”, the story of this experience is being developed for the screen.
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    • 35 min
    Jew Talkin’ To Me? with Steve Best and Naomi Paxton AKA Ada Campe

    Jew Talkin’ To Me? with Steve Best and Naomi Paxton AKA Ada Campe

    Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are photographer and stand up comic Steve Best and comedian and academic Naomi Paxton also known for her variety act as Ada Campe.
    Follow them on social media, follow US on social media and don't forget to let us know what you think about the show.
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    Steve Best
    Twitter: @SteveBestComic
    Instagram: @SteveBestPics
    Facebook: @SteveBestPics
    Website: www.stevebest.com
    Steve is a stand up comedian who describes himself as “a very, very fine photographer.”
    He is that, but he’s also a stunning visual comedian, his unique form of slapstick comedy is backed up with astounding variety of talents, equally at home in a sweaty club or a shiny cabaret stage. He claims to have appeared at near enough damn it every comedy club in the country, as well as supporting the likes of Frank Skinner, Craig Charles and Omid Djalili on massive nationwide tours. He has also taken his unique style of comedy all over the world, performing in such places as Bali, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Cape Town, Bosnia, The Falkland Islands and Johannesburg. He co-produced the show Abnormally Funny People in 2005, conceived to incorporate disabled comedians and actors into the mainstream arena. Steve is the token non-disabled act and is one of two directors of Abnormally Funny People Ltd, set up in 2006. 
    As a photographer, Steve is renowned for his collections of Green Room shots of comedians, and has published a number of books that are available from his website.
    Naomi Paxton
    Twitter: @NaomiPaxton | @AdaCampe
    Instagram: @Naomi.Paxton | @Ada.Campe
    Website: www.naomipaxton.co.uk
    Dr Naomi Paxton is a performer, writer, broadcaster, and researcher.
    She is currently employed as Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. She is also a Parliamentary Academic Fellow, and an Associate Fellow of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. ​
    Naomi trained as a performer at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). After a decade as a professional actor, in 2011 she started a PhD in the Drama department at the University of Manchester. Her doctoral research, completed in 2015, explored the work of the Actresses' Franchise League and the contribution of theatre professionals to the suffrage campaign. Naomi is a member of Equity, and The Magic Circle. She is also Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer for The Magic Circle.
    Naomi performs comedy, cabaret, magic and variety shows as her character Ada Campe. In 2018 she won the prestigious New Act of the Year Show (NATYS), and the Leicester Square Theatre Old Comedian of the Year competition. In 2019 Ada Campe was shortlisted for the Chortle Awards in the Variety category, and for the 2019 Funny Women awards in the Best Show category. 
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    • 42 min

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