Isidore Lillian was one of the most successful and prolific playwrights of American Yiddish theater. Born September 7, 1882 in Rzeszów, Galicia (now Poland), he immigrated to the U.S. at age 10. He began acting in vaudeville in his late teens, and was soon writing his own sketches for the stage. He worked throughout his career with the top talent of Yiddish theater: Jacob P. Adler, Boris Thomashefsky, Joseph Rumshinsky, Molly Picon, Kalmen Yuvelier, and countless others. Lillian died on August 27, 1960.
He recorded only four sides, all with Louis Gilrod. Here he performs the comedic sketch “Chaikel Aber Geh,” recorded May 25, 1915.