What’s So Funny About Yiddish: Learning New Phrases Through Improv

What’s So Funny About Yiddish: Learning New Phrases Through Improv

February 27, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th St NW

Schlep? Schvitz? Schmear? Did you know these are all Yiddish words? Channel your inner Seinfeld and Larry David and come make your bubbe (grandma) proud while learning some new Yiddish phrases, greetings, and idioms while playing fun improv games with improv experts Alissa Platz and Robin Doody. No experience needed; we will just be playing informal games! We will start the evening and ending the evening with mingling over drinks and snacks.

Tickets: $15 per person, includes drinks and snacks
Limited number of tickets, so be sure to register early!

Want to come for free? Email Stacy to find out how you can help at the event.

This event is open to participants ages 21-45.


zzplatz-300x300-c-default.jpegAlissa Platz loves people and plants, so it’s no surprise she’s done a lot of improv scenes as a talking tree. Following the best New Year’s resolution ever, Alissa started improv classes at DC Improv in the spring of 2019. Her level 1 class solidified her love of improv and the rest is history. She completed the majority of the Washington Improv Theater curriculum virtually from the comfort of her kitchen table. She also did the virtual curriculums at WGIS and Magnet Theater in 2020 and the beginning of 2021. Alissa was a part of several virtual indie teams, including Cat Owners’ Association and Free Cheesecake. Additional improv training includes virtual classes at Rise Comedy, Squirrel Theater, and UCB. Despite all of the virtual improv training, she prefers a good old-fashioned stage and real human interactions. Alissa came to DC for college in 2012 and never left. By day, she is a fundraiser for an environmental organization. By night, she is a part-time graduate student who looks forward to graduating in August 2023 and taking a long nap. She is originally from the same state as her hero Bruce Springsteen—New Jersey.
FAVORITE WORD: Ausgezeichnet (means excellent/congratulations in Yiddish)

Robin_update-300x300-c-default.jpegRobin Doody has a job to support his lifestyle that includes lavish things like eating and shelter. It’s exhausting. But from the depths of his being, Robin musters the energy to be at Washington Improv Theater on weeknights to spread the love of improv. Teaching brings him true joy, and he hopes to meet you in a classroom soon. Outside of the classroom, Robin has been on teams with silly names in both the Harold and ensemble programs (he’ll spare you), and recently performed with the special production (y)Our Town. He writes stuff and sends it places, but it’s rarely a good fit, and they wish him luck elsewhere: https://www.doodyism.com.