New York (Associated Press)-Jackie Mason is a rabbi who turned into a comedian. His talk show comedy brand allowed him to go to Catskill nightclubs, West Coast talk shows and Broadway stages. died. He is 93 years old.
Mason died on Mt. Saturday at 6 pm Eastern Time. Celebrity lawyer Raoul Felder told the Associated Press that after more than two weeks of hospitalization, the Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
The grumpy Mason is known for his sharp wit and sharp social commentary, usually about Jews, men and women, and his own shortcomings. His typical style is amusing.
“In the United States, 80% of married men cheat. Others cheat in Europe,” he once joked. Another line of Mason’s line is: “Politics does not produce strange bed and dreams. Marriage will.” About himself, he once said: “Every time football players huddle together, I am very conscious; I thought they were talking about me. .”
His death has been widely mourned, from the comedian Gilbert Gottfried who called him “one of the best people” to the Fox News channel character Sean Hannity ( Sean Hannity), who praised Mason as “a disrespectful, anti-traditional, funny, clever and great American patriot.” “Henry Winkler wrote on Twitter: “Now you can make heaven laugh. “
Mason was originally named Jacob Mazza, the son of a rabbi. His three brothers became rabbis. The same is true for Mason, who had congregations in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Comedy turned out to be a more lasting call than God.
In 1987, he told the Associated Press: “A person must be emotionally barren, empty, or depressed to become a comedian.” “I don’t think that people who feel comfortable or happy are motivated to become a comedian. You are looking for something, You are willing to pay a high price to get this kind of attention.”
Mason began his career as the social director of the Catskill Resort in the show business. He is the one who gets everyone up to play Simon’s Talk, guessing games or shuffleboard. He also tells jokes. A season later, he played for the Catskill club to get better money.
“No one else knew me, but in the mountains, I was very popular,” Mason recalled.
In 1961, this mini-comic made a major breakthrough and appeared in Steve Allen’s weekly TV variety show. His success enabled him to participate in “The Ed Sullivan Show” and other shows.
Allegedly, when Sullivan signaled to the host to end his performance in an appearance on October 18, 1964, he was barred from participating in the “Sullivan” show for two years.
Mason’s performance even took him to Broadway, where he held several solo shows, including “Fresh Squeeze” in 2005, “Love Your Neighbor” in 1996 and “The World in My Eyes” in 1988. , For which he won a special award. Tony Award.
“I feel like Ronald Reagan tonight,” Mason joked on Tony’s Night. “He has been an actor all his life, knows nothing about politics, but became the president of the United States. I am a former rabbi who knows nothing about acting. I am receiving a Tony Award.”
Mason calls himself an observer, observing people and learning. He said he got his jokes from these observations, and then tried them on friends. He told the Associated Press: “I would rather deceive myself in front of two people than a thousand people buy tickets.”
His humor can leap from the computer and brand-name coffee to the Sen at the time. John Kerry, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Donald Trump. He was able to express ordinary Joe’s anger and made the insults in life look interesting, maybe just a little easier to bear.
“I rarely write anything. I just think about life often and try to turn it into a phrase that will cause a joke,” he said. “I never make a joke that I don’t believe in. To me, the message is the same as the joke.”
On TV, Mason is a reliable presence, usually guest appearances on shows like “30 Rock” or “The Simpsons”, or as a reliable guest on late-night chat shows. He performed in front of Queen Elizabeth II, and his show “Fearless” was performed in London’s West End in 2012.
In 1989, in a series called “Chicken Soup”, he portrayed a Jewish former pajama salesman who fell in love with an Irish Catholic widow played by Lynn Redgrave, but it did not last. During the OJ Simpson murder trial, the BBC’s Scottish Service hired Mason as a weekly commentator. He participated in “Caddyshack II”, which was a notorious failure.
Mason’s humor sometimes goes too far. For example, when he was running for the Republican mayoral candidate Rudolf Giuliani in New York for the Republican mayoral candidate Rudolf Giuliani against the Democratic black David Dingkins dispute. Mason had to apologize because, among other things, the Jews would vote for Dinkins out of guilt.
His old friend Feld told the Associated Press that Mason has a Talmud-style outlook on life: “No matter what you say to him, he will argue with you.”
His wife, producer Jyll Rosenfeld and a daughter Sheba survived.