International physical comedian Alex Feldman is an accidental expert on effective body language.
He is based in Boston, MA, but frequently performs in countries where speaking English would be useless. So he speaks a made-up gibberish language! With his expressive face and body, he gets folks laughing; he has appeared on Showtime, America’s Got Talent, PBS, and in interviews on Public Radio International.
It started with a paper route that included a used book store. The owner tipped him with back issues of National Geographic magazine. He treasured them, and dreamed of connecting with the many people who filled its pages. How could you bring a smile to anyone, regardless of age or native tongue?
His fascination with foreign cultures led him to pursue anthropology at Reed College. He improved his job prospects by dropping out, and enrolling in The Dell Arte School of Physical Comedy. There, he began the serious study of funny faces, mimicry, and silent films. Acting without words became his passion, and his quirky show led to appearances from off-Broadway to locations around the world; the U.S. State Department sent him to Russia as a goodwill ambassador.
Other places Alex has appeared include:
- The Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal
- The Singapore Arts Festival
- America’s Got Talent
- Festival Internacional in Tamaulipas and in Chihuahua, Mexico
- World Performance Festival of Japan
- KimTom Festival in China
- Theaters from Northern Siberia to Southern New Zealand
Over years of working in foreign countries, he’s found that while many gestures don’t translate across international borders, the ones that do are the most primal and surprisingly useful off-stage. His dedication to showing people how to practice primal talk in their busy lives has led to his presentation, Primal Talk: The Secret Language of Human Connection.