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Jackie Mason is an acclaimed American stand-up comedian, best known for his solo comedy show ‘The World According To Me’

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BirthdayJune 9, 1931
NationalityAmerican
FamousComedians, Jewish Actors, Jewish Comedians, Film & Theater Personalities, Comedians
SpousesJyll Rosenfeld
Known asacov Moshe Maza
Childrens Sheba Mason
Universities
  • City College of New York
Birth PlaceSheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.
ReligionJudaism
Height165cm
GenderMale
FatherEli
Net Worth$9 million as of Apr 25,2017
Sun SignGemini
Born inSheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.
Famous asAmerican comedian

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Who is Jackie Mason?

Widely regarded as one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time, Jackie Mason is known for his impeccable comic timing and political satire that leaves audiences awe-struck and amused. His keen observation of the idiosyncrasies of modern day life and the ability to create humour out of it has earned him countless fans. A ‘rabbi’ turned comedian, Mason rose from very humble beginnings to become one of the most popular comedians in the American entertainment circuit. He gained fame on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ but unfortunately fell into Sullivan’s bad books over the now famous hand gesture that, stirred a bitter controversy. This incident blemished his reputation and affected his career for quite a while. However, he re-emerged even more successful with the one-man comedy show ‘The World According To Me’. After the success of the show on Broadway, he became one of the most popular entertainers in New York comic circle and subsequently established himself as one of the nation’s leading stand-up comedians. He is passionate about politics and is known for his outspoken views on political issues. To learn more interesting facts about his personal life and professional achievements, scroll down and continue to read this bio.

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Childhood & Early Life

Born as Yacov Moshe Maza in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to a Jewish family. He grew up in a family surrounded by ‘rabbis’, including his father and brothers.

His family moved to New York City when he was five years old and he grew up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He spent most part of formative years training to be a ‘rabbi’.

At the age of 25, following his holy ordainment, he spent three years in Latrobe, Pennsylvania as a ‘rabbi’, after which he resigned to become a comedian.

Career

During the summer of 1955, he started working as a comedian at the Fieldston Hotel in Swan Lake, New York for a brief period of time. However, soon he was fired because the audience could not connect to his sense of humour.

In the 1960’s he appeared on and off on the ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, an American TV ‘variety show’ that was broadcast on the CBS network.

His career took a set back after 1962 as he was accused of showing Ed Sullivan ‘The Finger’ on his show. This tarnished his image and it took him over a decade to revive his career.

In 1979, he appeared in the commercially successful hit film ‘The Jerk’, an American comedy directed by Carl Reiner and written by Steve Martin and Carl Reiner.

In the 1980’s, he started his own one-man comedy show called ‘The World According To Me’ in Hollywood and at Beverly Hills. The show was an immense success and did wonders for his career.

In 1986, ‘The World According To Me’ premiered on Broadway and he delivered his first performance for Broadway audiences. The show was a major hit among audiences and earned him the status of a gifted comedian in the New York entertainment circuit.

On May 2, 1988 his solo comedy show ‘The World According To Me’ opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York.

In 1989, he played a minor role in the television sitcom ‘Chicken Soup’, an ABC series that was based on the relationship between an Irish woman and a Jewish man.

In 1992, he gave the voice-over of ‘Rabbi Hyman Krustofski’ for ‘The Simpsons’ episode of ‘Like Father, Like Clown’. He also appeared in subsequent episodes of ‘The Simpons’.

In 2005, he started his own daily talk show ‘The Jackie Mason Show’, which was broadcast on the CN8 network every Friday night from 8 to 8.30 p.m.

Along with his friend Raoul Lionel Felder, he hosted the weekly PBS television talk show ‘Crossing The Line’ and the BBC radio show ‘The Mason- Felder Report’.

From 2006 to 2008, he hosted a nationally syndicated radio program on the ‘The Talk Radio Network’. The show covered topics like current affairs, politics and he interviewed many prominent personalities.

In 2010, he starred in the full length feature film ‘One Angry Man’, directed by Peter LeDonne, the film is an adaptation of the Henry Fonda film ’12 Angry Men’.

In 2012, he was part of the video podcast ‘Answer Me This’ in order to promote his upcoming stand-up comedy show ‘Fearless’.

Major Works

In the 1960’s he appeared on the ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, which in 2002 featured at number 15 on TV Guides list of ‘50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time’ and the show ran for 22 years.

In 1979, he appeared in the film ‘The Jerk’ that earned a whopping $73 million at the box office, which made it the 9th highest grossing film that year. The film was appeared at the 89th spot on the American Film Institute’s list of ‘100 Years 100 Laughs’.

Written by him in the 1980’s, the one-man comedy show called ‘The World According To Me’ is one of his best works that ran on Broadway for two and a half years and in the Brooks Atkinson Theatre for 206 performances. It has been recreated in as a film of the same title for television audiences.

Awards & Achievements

In 1988, he was the recipient of the Emmy Award under the category, ‘Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program’ for ‘The World According To Me’.

In 1992, he received the Emmy Award for the category of ‘Outstanding Voice-Over Performance’ in ‘The Simpsons’ episode of ‘Like father, Like Clown’.

In 2005, he was ranked 63rd in the Comedy Central list of ‘100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time’.

Personal Life & Legacy

On August 14, 1991 he got married to Jyll Rosenfeld.

In 1991, during the first Persian Gulf crisis, he travelled to Israel to show solidarity, for which he was later honoured by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trivia

This acclaimed American stand-up comedian once referred to Barack Obama as a ‘schwarze’, which in German means a black person.

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Jackie Mason awards

YearNameAward

Primetime Emmy Awards

1992Outstanding Voice-Over PerformanceThe Simpsons (1989)
1988Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music ProgramThe World According to Me (1988)

Jackie Mason biography timelines

  • // 9th Jun 1931
    Born as Yacov Moshe Maza in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to a Jewish family. He grew up in a family surrounded by ‘rabbis’, including his father and brothers.
  • // 1936
    His family moved to New York City when he was five years old and he grew up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He spent most part of formative years training to be a ‘rabbi’.
  • // 1955
    During the summer of 1955, he started working as a comedian at the Fieldston Hotel in Swan Lake, New York for a brief period of time. However, soon he was fired because the audience could not connect to his sense of humour.
  • // 1956
    At the age of 25, following his holy ordainment, he spent three years in Latrobe, Pennsylvania as a ‘rabbi’, after which he resigned to become a comedian.
  • // 1962
    His career took a set back after 1962 as he was accused of showing Ed Sullivan ‘The Finger’ on his show. This tarnished his image and it took him over a decade to revive his career.
  • // 1979
    In 1979, he appeared in the commercially successful hit film ‘The Jerk’, an American comedy directed by Carl Reiner and written by Steve Martin and Carl Reiner.
  • // 1979
    In 1979, he appeared in the film ‘The Jerk’ that earned a whopping $73 million at the box office, which made it the 9th highest grossing film that year. The film was appeared at the 89th spot on the American Film Institute’s list of ‘100 Years 100 Laughs’.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, ‘The World According To Me’ premiered on Broadway and he delivered his first performance for Broadway audiences. The show was a major hit among audiences and earned him the status of a gifted comedian in the New York entertainment circuit.
  • // 1988
    In 1988, he was the recipient of the Emmy Award under the category, ‘Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program’ for ‘The World According To Me’.
  • // 2nd May 1988
    On May 2, 1988 his solo comedy show ‘The World According To Me’ opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, he played a minor role in the television sitcom ‘Chicken Soup’, an ABC series that was based on the relationship between an Irish woman and a Jewish man.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, during the first Persian Gulf crisis, he travelled to Israel to show solidarity, for which he was later honoured by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • // 4th Aug 1991
    On August 14, 1991 he got married to Jyll Rosenfeld.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, he gave the voice-over of ‘Rabbi Hyman Krustofski’ for ‘The Simpsons’ episode of ‘Like Father, Like Clown’. He also appeared in subsequent episodes of ‘The Simpons’.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, he received the Emmy Award for the category of ‘Outstanding Voice-Over Performance’ in ‘The Simpsons’ episode of ‘Like father, Like Clown’.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, he started his own daily talk show ‘The Jackie Mason Show’, which was broadcast on the CN8 network every Friday night from 8 to 8.30 p.m.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, he was ranked 63rd in the Comedy Central list of ‘100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time’.
  • // 2006 To 2008
    From 2006 to 2008, he hosted a nationally syndicated radio program on the ‘The Talk Radio Network’. The show covered topics like current affairs, politics and he interviewed many prominent personalities.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, he starred in the full length feature film ‘One Angry Man’, directed by Peter LeDonne, the film is an adaptation of the Henry Fonda film ’12 Angry Men’.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, he was part of the video podcast ‘Answer Me This’ in order to promote his upcoming stand-up comedy show ‘Fearless’.

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Jackie Mason's FAQ

  • What is Jackie Mason birthday?

    Jackie Mason was born at 1931-06-09

  • Where is Jackie Mason's birth place?

    Jackie Mason was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.

  • What is Jackie Mason nationalities?

    Jackie Mason's nationalities is American

  • Who is Jackie Mason spouses?

    Jackie Mason's spouses is Jyll Rosenfeld

  • Who is Jackie Mason childrens?

    Jackie Mason's childrens is Sheba Mason

  • What was Jackie Mason universities?

    Jackie Mason studied at City College of New York

  • What is Jackie Mason's religion?

    Jackie Mason's religion is Judaism

  • How tall is Jackie Mason?

    Jackie Mason's height is 165

  • Who is Jackie Mason's father?

    Jackie Mason's father is Eli

  • What is Jackie Mason's sun sign?

    Jackie Mason is Gemini

  • How famous is Jackie Mason?

    Jackie Mason is famouse as American comedian