Popular comedian, Jackie Mason dies at 93

Veteran comedian, Jackie Mason dies at 93

, a Rabbi who later became a comedian, passed away at the age of 93.


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According to celebrity lawyer Raul Felder, the American stand-up comedian and film and television actor died on Saturday, July 24, at Mt Sinai Hospital in Manhattan after being hospitalised for almost two weeks.

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Mason defined his comic style to The New York Times in a 1998 interview, saying, “My humour is a man in a discussion, pointing things out to you.”


He went on to say, ‘He’s not better than you; he’s just another guy.’ ‘I look at life with love — I’m your brother up there — but if I see you making a fool of yourself, I owe it to you to tell you about it.’

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Mason was born Yacov Moshe Maza to Belarusian immigrant parents in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in 1928.

He got his start in show business as a social director at a Catskills resort. He was the one who got everyone up to play Simon Says, shuffleboard, or quiz games. He was also a jokester. After a season, he was performing for bigger money at clubs all around the Catskills.

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He was banned from the Ed Sullivan Show for two years after he allegedly gave the host the finger when Sullivan told him to finish his act during an appearance on October 18, 1964.


Mason’s performance took him to Broadway, where he performed several one-man shows, including Freshly Squeezed in 2005, Love Thy Neighbor in 1996, and The World According to Me in 1988, for which he won a Tony Award.

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