Jackie Mason, Biography and More
Jackie Mason is an American stand-up comedian and film and television actor. Moreover, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time. Thus, he is famous for his impeccable comic timing and political satire that leaves audiences awestruck and amused. Therefore, his keen observation of the idiosyncrasies of modern-day life and the ability to create humor 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.
Jackie Mason Family and Childhood
Jackie Mason was Born on June 9, 1931, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and grew up in Newyork City. Thus he was born in a Jewish family and holds American nationality. Likewise, he falls under the zodiac sign Gemini. He grew up in a family surrounded by ‘rabbis’, including his father and brothers.
Moreover, his family moved to New York City when he was five years old. He grew up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Furthermore, at the age of 25, following his holy ordainment, he spent three years in Latrobe, Pennsylvania as a ‘rabbi’. Later on, he resigned to become a comedian.
Age, Height, Hair Color, Eye Color, and More
Jackie Mason was born on June 9, 1931, and therefore he is 90 years old at the current time. Likewise, his height is 5 feet 5 inches and his hair color is light brown. Furthermore, his eye color is blue and he follows Judaism.
Jackie Mason graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the City College of New York.
Net worth and Profession
Jackie Mason is a famous American comedian who has a net worth of $9 million. Likewise, his career in comedy began at the age of 25 after he resigned from his position as an ordained rabbi in order to become a comedian. On the other hand, he is not only a comedian he is also an Actor, Rabbi, Screenwriter, and producer.
Jackie Mason married his 37 years old manager Jyll Rosenfeld on August 14, 1991. Likewise, they have one daughter named Sheba Mason who is also a comedian by profession.
Legacy and awards
- During the Persian Gulf crisis, he went to Israel to show solidarity, for which he was praised by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
- 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.
- He also received the Emmy Award for the category of ‘Outstanding Voice-Over Performance’ in ‘The Simpsons’ episode of ‘Like father, Like Clown’ in 1992.
- He was on listed 63rd in the Comedy Central list of ‘100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time in 2005.
Social Media and appearance
Jackie Mason started his comedy 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. He was fired because the audience could not connect to his sense of humor. Later, in 1960, he performed 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 setback after 1962 as he was accused of showing Ed Sullivan ‘The Finger’ on his show. This dirtied his image and it took him over a decade to revive his career. He is also passionate about politics and is famous for his outspoken views on political issues.
Furthermore, 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. Later, he started his own one-man comedy show called ‘The World According To Me’ in Hollywood and at Beverly Hills in .1980. The show was an immense success and did wonders for his career.
After the success of the show on Broadway, he became one of the most popular entertainers in the New York comic circle. And he subsequently established himself as one of the nation’s leading stand-up comedians.
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 within the audiences and he earns the status of a gifted comedian in the New York entertainment circuit. On the other hand, he also did the solo comedy show ‘The World According To Me’ opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York.
Major works of Jackie Mason
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 has appeared at the 89th spot on the American Film Institute’s list of ‘100 Years 100 Laughs’.