Jackie Mason

Jackie Mason
Mason in 2006
Birth nameYacov Moshe Maza
Born (1931-06-09) June 9, 1931 (age 89)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma materCity College of New York (B.A.), Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem Lower East Side, NYC)
Years active1955–present[1]
GenresPolitical satire
Observational comedy
Improvisational comedy
Subject(s)American politics
International relations
Current events
Race relations
Jewish culture
American culture
SpouseJyll Rosenfeld (1991–present)
Notable works and rolesThe World According to Me and Jackie Mason on Broadway
WebsiteJackie Mason website

Jackie Mason (born Yacov Moshe Maza; June 9, 1931[2]) is an American stand-up comedian and film and television actor. He is ranked No. 63 on Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all-time.[3]

His 1986 one-man show The World According to Me won a Special Tony Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, an Ace Award, an Emmy Award, and a Grammy nomination. Later, his 1988 special Jackie Mason on Broadway won another Emmy Award (for outstanding writing) and another Ace Award, and his 1991 voice-over of Rabbi Hyman Krustofski in The Simpsons episode "Like Father, Like Clown" won Mason a third Emmy Award. He has written and performed in six one-man shows on Broadway.[1]

Known for his delivery and voice, as well as his use of innuendo and pun, Mason's often culturally grounded humor has been described as irreverent and sometimes politically incorrect.[4][5] A critic for Time wrote that he spoke to audiences: "with the Yiddish locutions of an immigrant who just completed a course in English. By mail."[6]

  1. ^ a b Thomas S. Hischak (2003), Enter the Players: New York Stage Actors in the Twentieth Century
  2. ^ Jackie Mason at the Internet Broadway Database
  3. ^ "Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time". Comedy Central Presents. April 17, 2004. Comedy Central. Archived from the original on June 5, 2004. Retrieved September 21, 2016.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Zeke Jarvis (2015). Make 'em Laugh! American Humorists of the 20th and 21st Centuries
  5. ^ Norman H. Finkelstein (2010). Jewish Comedy Stars: Classic to Cutting Edge
  6. ^ Eli Lederhendler, Gabriel N. Finder (2016). A Club of Their Own: Jewish Humorists and the Contemporary World, Oxford University Press