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Jackie Mason

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The prototypical borscht belt comedian, Jackie Mason deftly combined self-deprecating humility with abrasive arrogance to acutely dissect the differences between Jewish and Gentile culture. After selecting initial achievement in the 1960s being a regular guest from the Ed Sullivan Present, he spent another 2 decades in obscurity, blackballed with the showbiz powers-that-be, before re-emerging a lot more effective than before on the close from the 1980s. Mason was created Jacob Maza on June 9, 1934, in Sheboygan, WI. The kid of the rabbi, he shortly moved along with his family members to New York’s Decrease East Aspect, where he spent his formative years learning to check out in his father’s footsteps. After his ordainment, Mason spent 3 years being a rabbi in Latrobe, PA; after gaining a warm reception for the Sunday morning hours sermons that he sprinkled with a number of jokes and funny asides, he made a decision to pursue a profession as a specialist comedian, implementing his stage name after an appearance within the older Barry Grey radio display. After finding achievement on the golf club circuit, Mason graduated to some string of tv performances, ignoring suggestions through the William Morris Company to consider elocution lessons to be able to shed his weighty Jewish highlight; he was a specific preferred of Ed Sullivan, and made an appearance on his range display countless instances. In 1962 Mason released his debut LP, I’m the best Comedian on the planet, Only Nobody Understands It However, quickly accompanied by I wish to Keep You with what of an excellent Comedian. Many discovered his broad social examinations questionable, while even additional Jews experienced his self-effacing design bordered on anti-Semitism; coupled with his challenging, raucous off-stage behavior, Mason noticed support for his work dwindle, and spent another 20-unusual years efficiently ostracized, his profession restricted to small clubs and little film shows. Against all chances, in 1987 Mason discovered backing for a well planned one-man display; soon THE ENTIRE WORLD According if you ask me! debuted on Broadway to great acclaim — critics applauded him like a savage satirist, and his efficiency ultimately earned an Tony. His profession resurrected, Mason continued to star within the short-lived sitcom Poultry Soup before time for Broadway in 1991 with COMPLETELY NEW. Subsequent stage displays included Politically Wrong, Like Thy Neighbor, Very much Ado About Everything, and Prune Danish.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jackie Mason
Height 1.65 m
Profession Actor, Comedian, Rabbi, Film producer, Screenwriter
Education City College of New York
Nationality American
Spouse Jyll Rosenfeld
Children Sheba Mason
Parents Eli Mason
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing - Variety Series, Special Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Special Award
Nominations Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event
Movies Caddyshack II, Jackie Mason: The World According to Me!, The Jerk, One Angry Man, The Stoolie, In a Pickle, Best of Times, Jackie Mason: A Night at the Opera, Jackie Mason: The Ultimate Jew, The Perils of P.K., Jackie Mason: Comedy Trilogy, Jackie Mason: The Ultimate Jew Live on Broadway, Mr. Laughs: A Look Behind the Curtain, Jackie Mason: Freshly Squeezed, Cutting Edge Comedians of the '60s & '70s
TV Shows Chicken Soup, The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, The Simpsons, The Jackie Mason Show


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#Fact
1 Father of Sheba Mason with Ginger Reiter.
2 Currently starring in his last one-man-show, "The Ultimate Jew," at the New World Theatre in New York. [March 2008]
3 Appeared on the Ed Sullivan show the same night of the Beatles debut on American television.
4 Wife, Jyll Rosenfeld, is his manager.
5 Often mistaken as the voice of the Aardvark in the Ant and the Aardvark DePatie-Freleng cartoon series, who were both voiced by John Byner.
6 He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Entertainment Category in 1999 for the 1998 season for his one man show Much Ado About Everything.
7 Grew up surrounded by rabbis, which include three of his brothers. He himself was a cantor until age 25 when he too was ordained a rabbi. He left the synagogue after three years however; later quipping, "Someone in the family had to make a living.".
8 Traveled to London in 1991 for a Royal Variety performance for Queen Elizabeth II. Earlier in 1989 he did a command performance before the Queen Mum.
9 His first one-man show, "The World According to Me," was a success on stage both here and in Europe. He won a special Tony and an Outer Critic's Circle Award, plus an Ace Cable, Emmy, and Grammy award when he transferred it to other mediums.
10 In 1987, received a Special Tony Award for his one-man show, "The World According to Me."


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons 1991-2016 TV Series Rabbi Hyman Krustofski Hyman Krustofsky
Just Say No 2011/I Short Jenna
Goldberg - P.I. 2011 Jackie Goldberg
The Drinky Crow Show 2009 TV Series Mort Cooper
What Blows Up Must Come Down! 2008 Short Mordechai Mouse
30 Rock 2007 TV Series Jackie Mason
The Fairly OddParents 2003 TV Series Harvey Sandman
Jackie Mason at the London Palladium 1996 TV Movie
The Jackie Mason Show 1992 TV Series Host
Chicken Soup 1989 TV Series Jackie Fisher
Caddyshack II 1988 Jack Hartounian
The Perils of P.K. 1986
Stiffs 1985 Jacob Schwartz
A Stroke of Genius 1984
History of the World: Part I 1981 Jew #1 - The Spanish Inquisition
Best of Times 1981 TV Movie Mr. O'Reilly
The Jerk 1979 Harry Hartounian
Flying High 1979 TV Series Rabbi
Sleeper 1973 Robot Tailor (voice, uncredited)
The Stoolie 1972 Roger Pitman
Playdate 1964 TV Series Sammy

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Goldberg - P.I. 2011
One Angry Man 2010
Jackie Mason: The Ultimate Jew 2008 Video documentary written by
Jackie Mason at the London Palladium 1996 TV Movie
Jackie Mason in Israel 1996 Video
Jackie Mason at the National Press Club 1996 Video
Jackie Mason on Campus 1992 TV Movie
The World According to Me 1988 TV Movie written by
A Stroke of Genius 1984

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stiffs 1985 executive producer
A Stroke of Genius 1984 producer
The Stoolie 1972 executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
History of the World: Part I 1981 performer: "The Inquisition"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mobsters 2007 TV Series Himself
The Michael Smerconish Show on MSNBC 2007 TV Series Himself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups 2007 TV Special documentary Himself
Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
The Best of the Royal Variety 2006 TV Series Himself
ESPN 25: Who's #1? 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
VH1: All Access 2005 TV Series Himself
Biography 1996-2005 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Comedian
ITV 50 Greatest Shows 2005 TV Movie Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994-2005 TV Series Himself
A Cantor's Tale 2005 Documentary Himself
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Putting the Fun in Fundamental 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Funny Already: A History of Jewish Comedy 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Wisconsin Born & Bred: The Entertainers 2004 Documentary Himself - Interviewee
Bud Greenspan's Reflections 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Jackie Mason: A Night at the Opera 2002 TV Movie Himself
The Royal Variety Performance 2001 2001 TV Special documentary Performer
ESPN SportsCentury 2000-2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The Sweet Science 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Kids Are Punny 1998 TV Movie Himself / Voice (voice)
Have I Got News for You 1998 TV Series Himself
The Royal Variety Performance 1996 TV Movie Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 1996 TV Series Himself
Jackie Mason in Israel 1996 Video Himself
Jackie Mason at the National Press Club 1996 Video Himself
The Frost Programme 1995 TV Series Himself
Who Makes You Laugh? 1995 TV Special Himself
Jackie Mason: An Equal Opportunity Offender 1995 Video Himself
Guest Night 1993 TV Series
The Full Wax 1992 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1992 TV Series Himself
Jackie Mason on Campus 1992 TV Movie Himself
Wogan 1989-1991 TV Series Himself
Trump: What's the Deal? 1991 Documentary Himself
The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Revival
The Howard Stern Show 1991 TV Series Himself
An Audience with Jackie Mason 1990 TV Movie Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989-1990 TV Series Himself
Aspel & Company 1990 TV Series Himself
The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 TV Special Himself
The Royal Variety Performance 1988 1988 TV Special Himself
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Dolly 1988 TV Series Himself
The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself
The World According to Me 1988 TV Movie Himself
The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Winner: Special Awards
Donahue 1987 TV Series Himself
The Howard Stern Show 1987 TV Series Himself
The New Hollywood Squares 1986 TV Series Guest Appearance
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963-1986 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
On Stage America 1984 TV Series Himself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Angie Dickinson 1977 TV Special Himself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1962-1970 TV Series Himself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1969 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1966-1968 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1968 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show 1961-1968 TV Series Himself - Comedian
The Hollywood Squares 1967 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1964-1966 TV Series Himself - Comedian
That Regis Philbin Show 1965 TV Series Himself
Ford Presents the New Christy Minstrels 1964 TV Series Himself
The Garry Moore Show 1960-1964 TV Series Himself
The Jimmy Dean Show 1963 TV Series Himself - Comedian
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1963 TV Series Himself
Talent Scouts 1963 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Program 1962-1963 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1961-1962 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself - Comedian
Boycott This! 2016 Documentary
Chabad Telethon 2015 TV Movie Himself
Chabad Telethon 2014 TV Movie Himself
Chabad Telethon 2013 TV Movie Himself
When Comedy Went to School 2013 Documentary Himself
A Moment With 2012 TV Series Himself
That Sunday Night Show 2012 TV Series Himself
Imagine 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
In Confidence 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
30 Years of 'An Audience With...' 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
One Angry Man 2010 Himself
Troopathon 2009: Honor Their Service 2009 TV Movie Himself
Chabad: To Life Telethon 2008 TV Movie Himself
Jackie Mason: The Ultimate Jew 2008 Video documentary Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2008 TV Series Himself
Mr. Laughs: A Look Behind the Curtain 2008 Documentary Himself
Aug 11th Concert for the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance & Tribute Walk 2007 Video documentary Himself
Chabad Telethon 2007 TV Movie Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
When Jews Were Funny 2013 Documentary Himself
Bruce Forsyth's Comedy Heroes 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Comedians' Comedian 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2004 TV Mini-Series Himself #63
The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Special Theatrical Event
The Very Best of 'Have I Got News for You' 2002 Video Himself
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
Ed Sullivan All-Star Comedy Special 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
But... Seriously 1994 TV Special documentary Himself
Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1992 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Voice-Over Performance The Simpsons (1989)
1989 ACE CableACE Awards Writing a Comedy Special The World According to Me (1988)
1988 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program The World According to Me (1988)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989 ACE CableACE Awards Performance in a Comedy Special The World According to Me (1988)
1989 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Caddyshack II (1988)


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1 A schmuck like Bernie Sanders pops out who doesn't even know what's going on and doesn't care. Because to him Israel getting wiped out is no problem. Climate change is the only problem. To him, the most important thing in the world is climate change. If Israel gave up their country but they fought for climate change, he would love Israel. In ten minutes, they would be his favorite country.
2 Predictions are preposterous.
3 I've been watching politics for 35 or 40 years and you just never know. You can have one person win the Iowa caucus and then the whole picture changes ten minutes later. The same thing can happen again after New Hampshire. I have no idea what's going to happen with our country in the future.
4 I can't pretend that I'm a great student of the art of comedy because anybody that becomes philosophical about humor doesn't know what he's talking about.
5 It is more profitable for your congressman to support the tobacco industry than your life.
6 My material is as new as anything on the dinner table. What difference does it make if I'm 70 or if I'm 20? The audience knows they aren't getting any old stories from me.
7 I can't predict the future and I don't have respect for people who try to.
8 I have nothing but love in my heart and everything I say is just an instrument for laughs.
9 My comedy doesn't come from any calculations and studies.
10 Eighty percent of married men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe.
11 Did you ever hear of a kid playing accountant - even if they wanted to be one?
12 I don't believe that anybody has come to a conclusion on why something is funny. It's funny because it's ridiculous and it's ridiculous for different reasons at different times.
13 If an Englishman gets run down by a truck he apologizes to the truck.
14 It's no longer a question of staying healthy. It's a question of finding a sickness you like.
15 I have enough money to last me the rest of my life unless I buy something.


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