Cranky Comedian Jacky Mason Dies

Cranky comedian Jackie Mason dies at the age of 93. Mason suffered from breathing difficulties and passed away while sleeping.  His longtime friend and lawyer Raoul Felder confirmed Mason’s death at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on Saturday.  Mason, the sometime-controversial standup comedian who unapologetically exposed himself to Jewish themes and political incorrectness, achieved national prominence through his one-man shows on Broadway without a substantial film or TV career, died on Saturday. 

Jackie Mason’s Early Life:

Jackie Mason was born at Yacob Maza, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on 9 June 1928. Rabbis had been in his family for generations; his father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather all taught. After college, he was ordained and began administering congregations in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Mason was born Jacob Maza. Three of his brothers became rabbis as well. Mason also became a rabbi. During his tenure as a rabbi and while leading congregations, he noticed gentiles listened to his sermons specifically to hear his jokes. In the wake of his father’s death, Mason resigned from his role as a rabbi in order to devote himself to comedy. Yet Mason managed to get on shows like The Steve Allen Show, The Tonight Show, and The Ed Sullivan Show, which made him known to wider audiences.

Mason’s Career:

His career in comedy started when he was a rabbi. The stand-up comedian made appearances in Catskills nightclubs, on talk shows, and on Broadway. The man whose writing was described as irascible often wrote about being Jewish and about men and women. Humor was his favorite method for showing that people were not good enough. He once jokingly said that 80 percent of married men cheat in the United States. One of Mason’s famous quotes was, “Politics doesn’t make strange bedfellows; marriage does.” He once said when football players huddled up in a huddle, he thought they were discussing him.

In the beginning, Mason’s career in show business was as the social director of a resort in the Catskills. Whenever everyone was feeling bored, he would get everyone up to play games like quiz games and shuffleboard. Additionally, he made jokes.

He made his first appearance on Steve Allen’s weekly variety show. As a result of his success, he was invited to appear on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and other programs. When Sullivan told him to wrap up his act during an appearance on October 18, 1964, he allegedly gave the finger to the host when Sullivan told him to do so. He was later banned for two years from the “Ed Sullivan Show.” On the long-running animated television series, “The Simpsons”, he voiced Rabbi Hyman Krustofski in 11 episodes.

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Mason’s  Awards and Achievements:

Mason was one of the last Borscht Belt comedians who held strong views regarding race and ethnicity in addition to his humor. Additionally, he served as the voice of Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky, the father of Krusty the Clown, on “The Simpsons,” winning another Emmy for his role in 1992 and voicing the role again in 2014.

 A 2004 TV special dubbed “Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time” put him in the 63rd position. 

Moreover, he appeared as himself in an episode of “30 Rock” that aired in 2007. Jackie Mason’s “The World According to Me” received a special Tony Award in 1987 for the highly successful solo show which ran for 573 performances. He won an Emmy for providing the scripts for the show after it premiered on TV in 1988.


The Fairly OddParents, 30 Rock, and Chicken Soup are among his many television credits. He made appearances in movies like The Jerk and Caddyshack II. In 2010, the comedian showed off his acting chops in One Angry Man, a courtroom comedy. Mason also published an autobiography entitled Jackie, Oy! The book was published in 1988, co-written by Ken Gross.


Jackie Mason’s comic style will still continue to enrich the minds and the heart of the audience.  He was survived by his wife, Jyll Rosenfeld, and her daughter. At this difficult time, we offer our deepest condolences to them. The world will miss you, Jackie Mason.

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