I don’t know about you, but my earliest recollection of comedian Jackie Mason was his appearances on the “Ed Sullivan Show.” Of the many comic who appeared, I thought his comedic timing and material were hysterical, I recognized this even at a young age. Then, I grew older, life goes on, and Jackie Mason started to be everywhere, stage , screen , on the Internet, YouTube and on TV, especially as Rabbi Hyman Krustofski on the “The Simpson’s”: which leads me to write about the early years of the man, Jackie Mason.
Mason was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin with the birth name of Yacov Moshe Maza on June 9, 1936. The family relocated to the Lower East Side of Manhattan where Jackie attended school and graduated from the City College of New York with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. At the age of 25, Jackie followed in the footsteps of his three brothers and father and was ordained a rabbi. Three years later he resigned as a rabbi to become a comedian of which Jackie states “Somebody in the family had to make a living.”
Mason’s early career took him through the famed” Borscht Belt” circuit where he crafted his art of comedy to comedy clubs around the nation and finally to the “Ed Sullivan Show” appearances where a national audience discovered the brilliant performer.
In 1984, Mason arrived on Broadway with his acclaimed one man show ”The World According to Me.” Mason earned a Tony, Outer Critics Circle, ACE, Emmy and a Grammy nomination. Mason then took the show on the road for the next two years.
Jackie has been back to Broadway in numerous shows and during the period of the ‘80s and ‘90s he saw his movie career skyrocket with appearances in films such as “Caddyshack!” where a new, younger audience got to know Mason. Other films he has appeared in include” Chicken Soup,” “History of the World, Part 1” and “The Jerk.”
TV shows include: “The Simpson’s,” “The Fairly Oddparents,” “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” and “30 Rock.”
Jackie Mason is a published author of the acclaimed “Jackie Mason, Raoul Felder Guide to New York City.”
Today Jackie Mason is a avid fan of the Internet, where he hosts his own Web site jackiemason.com, a frequent contributor to YouTube and post frequent commentaries on “The Jewish Television Network.”
If you go:
Jackie Mason is appearing at Capt. Brien’s “Off the Hook” Comedy Club
Location address: 599 South Collier Blvd., Marco Walk Plaza, across from the Hilton, Marco Island.
When: Sunday through Jan. 12.
Sunday’s showtime is 5 p.m. All other appearances scheduled for 6 p.m. Dinner and show tickets are available for $60 each. Your dinner choices are chicken, fish or steak. Please specify when ordering tickets.
To order tickets, please call the box office at 239-389-1561 or order on line at captbriensrestaurant.com.