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Jackie Mason

The prototypical borscht belt comedian, Jackie Mason deftly blended self-deprecating humility with abrasive arrogance to acutely dissect the differences between Jewish and Gentile culture. After finding initial success in the 1960s as a frequent guest of The Ed Sullivan Show, he spent the next two decades in obscurity, blackballed by the showbiz powers-that-be, before re-emerging even more successful than before at the close of the 1980s.

Mason was born Jacob Maza on June 9, 1934, in Sheboygan, WI. The son of a rabbi, he soon moved with his family to New York's Lower East Side, where he spent his formative years studying to follow in his father's footsteps. After his ordainment, Mason spent three years as a rabbi in Latrobe, PA; after earning a warm reception for the Saturday morning sermons that he sprinkled with a variety of jokes and humorous asides, he decided to pursue a career as a professional comedian, adopting his stage name after an appearance on the old Barry Gray radio show.

After finding success on the club circuit, Mason graduated to a string of television performances, ignoring advice from the William Morris Agency to take elocution lessons in order to lose his heavy Jewish accent; he was a particular favorite of Ed Sullivan, and appeared on his variety show countless times. In 1962 Mason issued his debut LP, I'm the Greatest Comedian in the World, Only Nobody Knows It Yet, quickly followed by I Want to Leave You with the Words of a Great Comedian. Many found his broad cultural examinations controversial, while even other Jews felt his self-effacing style bordered on anti-Semitism; combined with his difficult, raucous off-stage behavior, Mason saw support for his act dwindle, and spent the next 20-odd years effectively ostracized, his career restricted to tiny clubs and small film performances.

Against all odds, in 1987 Mason found backing for a planned one-man show; soon The World According to Me! debuted on Broadway to great acclaim -- critics applauded him as a savage satirist, and his performance ultimately won an Tony. His career resurrected, Mason went on to star in the short-lived sitcom Chicken Soup before returning to Broadway in 1991 with Brand New. Subsequent stage shows included Politically Incorrect, Love Thy Neighbor, Much Ado About Everything, and Prune Danish. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Fearless

1. Fearless Opening

2. Money

3. Infidelity

4. Being Jewish

5. Cell Phones

6. Healthcare Reform

7. Obama & Bush

8. Afghanistan

9. Pelosi

10. Hillary

11. Hospital

12. Marriage

13. Diet & Exercise

14. Tough Jews

15. Global Warming

16. NASA

17. Sarah Palin

18. GM

19. Obama's Race

20. Ties & Skis

21. Lawsuits

22. Fearless Finale

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Track List: Freshly Squeezed

1. Real Microphone

2. Tough Jews

3. No Army & No WMDs

4. Jews & Gentiles

5. Cruising Jews

6. Nouvelle Cuisine & The French

7. Fat People & American Airlines

8. Cell Phones

9. Cell Phones & Sex Appeal

10. Hungry Jews With Opinions

11. Same Sex Marriage

12. Mormons Being Alert & The Color System

13. Airport Security Winning The Endless War

14. Bill, Hillary & The Qualifications For Presidency

15. Mars

16. Clinton Vs. Bush The Check

17. Feminine Women

18. Women On Diets & Democracy

19. Vulgarities

20. Cialis & The Show Is Over

21. Freshly Squeezed Intro Pt 2

22. Italians & Comparative Cultures

23. A Good Sleep And A Low Carb Diet

24. Low Carb Diet Continued

25. A Sense Of Humor

26. Homosexuality

27. Sex Drive & Prostitution

28. Dating, Sex & Bush

29. The Clintons, Bush And The WMDs

30. Kerry, Clinton & Something To Tide Me Over

31. I Was A Fighter

32. Airports & Airplanes

33. Jews Have To Be First

34. Kids

35. How Do I Look?

36. Sick People

37. Goodnight

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Track List: In Israel

1. In Israel

2. Religious Family

3. Can't Make Fun Of Everyone

4. Homosexuals & Heterosexuals

5. Being Fat

6. Being Jewish

7. Too Many Jews

8. Miami Beach

9. No Jewish Athletes

10. Jews Don't Laugh

11. Israel Politics

12. No Jewish Names

13. Can't Tell Who's Jewish

14. Goodnight

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Track List: Jokes About Marriage / The Six-Day War / Modern Warfare (Performed Live On The Ed Sullivan Show - 1968) (Single)

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Track List: Jokes About New York And Commercials (Performed Live On The Ed Sullivan Show 4/23/67) (Single)

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Track List: Live At Westbury 2013

1. Show Must Go On

2. Jews Buying Tickets

3. Taxi Driver

4. Speeding Ticket

5. Jewish Health

6. Occupations

7. Syria

8. Obama's Color And Creed

9. Weather Report

10. Obama's Speeches

11. Race Relations

12. Live At Westbury Intermission

13. Occupations Revisited

14. Race Relations Revisited

15. Gay Marriage

16. Stop And Frisk

17. Wiener

18. Airport Security

19. Some Culture

20. Hookers And Wives

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Track List: Much Ado About Everything

1. Welcome To The Show

2. Puerto Ricans

3. Is That Too Jewish?

4. I Don't Like Ethnic Jokes

5. Jews Are Pushy

6. Jesse Jackson

7. Why Only Jewish Accountants?

8. I Live Like A King Now

9. Make 'em Feel Rich

10. It's A Truck

11. Jews & Flying

12. Much Ado About Everything Intermission

13. Welcome Back

14. President Of The Condo

15. Bill Gates

16. Is This Too Jewish?

17. Mark Rich

18. Picking On Minorities

19. White People Feel Persecuted

20. Miami Beach Voters

21. People Can't Speak

22. Don't Interrupt Me

23. Bill Clinton

24. Goodnight

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Track List: Night At The Opera

1. Did You Pay For A Ticket?

2. Anyone Sleeping Yet

3. The Opera

4. Can You Hear Me Now?

5. Gays In The Military & WMD

6. Saddam Hussein

7. Bin Laden

8. Jews & Shows

9. Jews & The Grand Canyon

10. Jews & The Heat

11. He's Not A Bad Speaker

12. Jews Love To Eat

13. What To Talk About At Intermission

14. Night At The Opera Intermission

15. Sushi And Cajun Fish

16. Social Statuses

17. Culture

18. The French & California Wines

19. Airport Security

20. Can't Talk English

21. Jewish Basketball

22. Jews & Exercise

23. Bill Gates

24. Ya Got A Picture

25. Vegas Shows & More

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Track List: On Campus

1. It's An Honor To Be Here

2. Too Jewish For Showbiz

3. Questions From The Audience

4. Is There Anything Too Offensive?

5. Jews & Food

6. The Ozone

7. Racial Stereotypes

8. Then Why Are You In The Back?

9. Arabs

10. Did You Become The Comedian?

11. Jews & Sports

12. The Last Question

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Track List: Politically Incorrect

1. Politically Incorrect

2. Men & Sex

3. Homosexuals

4. Fat People

5. Smokers

6. Condom Crazy

7. Black People

8. Jewish People

9. Italians

10. Civil Rights

11. Chinese Tap Dancer

12. Fake Three Dollar Watches

13. Politicians & Good Speaking

14. Newt Gingrich

15. Bill Clinton

16. O.J. Simpson

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Track List: The Ultimate Jew

1. Let's Get Started

2. Homosexuals

3. Obama

4. Politics

5. Every Time We Bomb Them

6. No Gun Control

7. Mexicans

8. Airports

9. Status

10. People Want To Feel Rich

11. Ever Talk To A Chinaman?

12. The Ultimate Intermission

13. Sushi

14. Elections

15. I Was A Pro Fighter

16. Blacks Don't Feel Equal

17. E.D.

18. Whites, Blacks, & Jews

19. Ed Sullivan

20. Goodnight

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Track List: Unholy Tour

1. Jews & The Weather

2. Homosexual

3. Did You Bring The Cold?

4. Miami Beach

5. Who I Pick On

6. President Bush

7. Jews & Politics

8. George W. Bush

9. The Way People Talk

10. Jesse Jackson

11. Airport Safety

12. Checking For Bombs

13. Palestinians

14. Jews & Flying

15. Puerto Ricans

16. All Food Can Kill You

17. Lipitor

18. Why Does This Smell Like Fish?

19. People Need Status Symbols

20. Singers & Talents

21. Ed Sullivan

22. The Way Jews Drive

23. I Never Say An Unkind Word

24. What Do You Want To Do?

25. Why Jews Became Doctors

26. Sorry I Picked On Clinton

Comments

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I think he is so funny there is some truth to stereo types so what people need to lighten up
He makes all laugh at our silly behaviors !


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Classic! And whoever did the Aardvark / Anteater's voice was spot-on!
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edwnc
Whatever the opposite of anti-semitic is, this guy is it
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rayobrenes
...several precious minutes of air time. (This completes following comment.)
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rayobrenes
Jackie's career tanking was his own doing; he dissed THE power that be, Ed Sullivan, on his show. Jackie got the "one minute" sign from the director. Jackie jumped on his improv horse and rode it hard. He was on fire. People across America were pissing themselves laughing. It was an eliminatory event surpassed only, in fiction, by the "Brown Sound." The bit was on fingers & gestures. Ed Sullivan was enraged, thinking Jackie had given him the finger; but the real diss was That Jackie had usurped
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Funny
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I love him a lot
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Love him. I don't think it is satire. I think it is true whether you Gentiles want to believe it or not.
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I love jackies comdey

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