Menasha Skulnik (1890-1970) was
a star of both known for his Yiddish comedy performances,
as well as his work on the Broadway stage.
Skulnik was "a sad-eyed,
undersize comic who was acclaimed as a Jewish version of
Charlie Chaplain in the 35 years he played in Yiddish
musicals on the Lower East Side.....The actor, who was an
accomplished mime, had a genius for convulsing an audience
and moving it to sorrow simultaneously. A shift of facial
expression or a movement of his hands was enough to convey
the emotion he sought to express."
"On the Yiddish stage, Mr. Skulnik wore a distinctive hat,
which accentuated his character as a baffled clown. It was
a tight-brimmed affair, several sizes too small, which he
perched atop his head. Over the years, it became a