He was born in Kolomea, Galicia, to well-to-do
parents. He never had any learning. He was famous in
Galicia as a folksinger, especially with Alikum Tsunzer's
songs, which s\he used to sing and perform live and in
M. Myodovnik remembers him
as a singer at weddings of gvir Shlomo Sheyn in Bendin
(circa 1887), where Sh. also participated in a
production of Goldfaden's "Ahasuerus". According to
Myodovnik's portrayal Sh., then was forty and some
years. He was a tall man with a long neck, a deaf man
and he had a tserisene baritone voice.
B. Tsegrovsky portrayed him:
"A very comical figure, he used to tour with member
actors across Galicia. When Shtrudler used to come to
act, he had the entire village was rounded up. The
Chasidim had [Roman world was that we go do strength of
Jews=hobn mreysh oylem geven vos m'geyt makhn khuzk fun
yidn]. Arriving in Stanislawow, Sh. detected [shilingn]
and the troupe became excited.
According to Jacob Mestel,
who often had attended Sh.'s "gala productions" in the
wine cellars in Zlotshev and Lemberg, Sh. was never deaf
-- perhaps he was only hard of hearing. Myodovnik
perhaps understood this as such, that Sh. often used to
perform as someone who was deaf to be very popular in a
singing and acting dialogue "Der reyzender (The
Traveler)". Very popular also was Sh.'s "Der deytsh" and
the duet "Der shneyder un der shuster (The Tailor and
the Shoemaker)". Sh. had (as the most contemporary
folksinger) suffered from a [?head cold=kelkop-katar],
and this probably caused Myodovink's characterization
about Sh.'s "tserisene" baritone voice.
After several years Sh.
returned to be taken into the Lemberg moshav-zknim fun
vanen er aiz, but in 1927 he fled and shlepped
around as a beggar with a wooden leg across Galicia.
M. E. from Julius Gutman and Sh. E. from Jacob Mestel.
B. Tsegrovsky -- Der
eltster idisher komiker in galitsien geshtorben, "Haynt",
2 may 1926.
M. Myodvnik -- Meyne
teater zikhroynes, Journal, "Der shtern", Minsk, 1,