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Jackie Mason is an American stand-up comedian. His "politically incorrect" routines and opinionated observations on Jewish and American life have often provoked controversy.
Mason graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from City College of New York and was intended as a rabbi in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Three years later he resigned the post to become a comedian.
Mason won an Emmy for his voice-over of Rabbi Hyman Krustofski in The Simpsons episode in 1992, "Like Father, Like Clown". In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, Mason was voted amongst the top 50 comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. He was also ranked #63 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians John Byner impersonated Mason for the Aardvark cartoon character in the cartoon series The Ant and the Aardvark.
Mason had several one-man comedy stage shows over the years. His first Broadway show was called The World According to Me. Later, he had a show at the John Golden Theatre which ran into copyright problems as it was performed at the same time that Bill Maher's TV show of the same name was on the air. Mason eventually changed the name of the show to Jackie Mason: Politically Correct to settle the situation. Between these shows, Mason played the lead in a short-lived television show, Chicken Soup.Mason started a daily talk show in November of 2005, The Jackie Mason Show. The show airs nightly on the CN8 television network on Comcast cable television.
Mason has been involved in several controversial situations over the course of his career.
Mason allegedly gave Ed Sullivan the finger on a live telecast of Sullivan's weekly variety show in 1962. Sullivan terminated Mason's $45,000.00 contract on the spot. Mason denied that he made the obscene gesture. He later retaliated against Sullivan by filing a libel suit. A year and a half later, Mason again appeared on Sullivan's show.
A video recording of the incident shows Mason talking through his comedy set and then looking to his right, toward Sullivan, commenting on the fact that Sullivan was giving him finger-signals. Sullivan may have been trying to tell Mason to wrap up his segment; regardless, Mason continued commenting, talking toward Sullivan instead of the audience and thumbed his nose at him with his middle finger slightly separated from the others. The action left Sullivan with the impression that Mason had given him the finger on live TV.After Mason left the stage, the TV camera then cut to Sullivan, who was looking agitated over what had just transpired; his arms were folded tightly and he was staring downward.
Allegations of Racism
He was criticized by African-American organizations such as the NAACP in 1991, when he called New York mayor David Dinkins "a fancy schvartze with a moustache". He was later accused of racism when the American comic Ray Hanania was axed from opening for him at a Chicago club.
Jews for Jesus lawsuit
Mason filed a lawsuit against the group Jews for Jesus On August 28, 2006, for using his likeness in a pamphlet. His image was used next to the tag line - "Jackie Mason...a Jew for Jesus!" Mason said in court papers filed in New York:
While I have the utmost respect for people who practice the Christian faith, the fact is, as everyone knows, I am as Jewish as a matzo ball or kosher salami.
Jackie Mason has also been linked to organized crime boss, Meyer Lansky. They allegedly became friends in the 1960s while Mason was performing in Miami. Lansky loved his comedy and frequented his shows.
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