July 26, 2021 1:04 AM
Jackie Mason put a smile on my face.
Broke down differences. Jackie showed how jews wanted to be goyim. This is a very old Jewish problem. Jews(religious or not) will never be able to cross that divide. Jackie added humor to age old problems.
David Kasrelevicius (or Kasrelevitz),
July 26, 2021 12:00 AM
The most amazing Jewish comedian I remember fondly.
Just reading his quotes, he made me smile again!!!
How many people do we know who are able to make us smile after being dead?
July 25, 2021 9:16 PM
Humor changes over time
Jackie Mason was not my cup of tea, and that’s ok, It seems he was a decent person who was not the same as his comedic persona.
July 25, 2021 8:24 PM
After seeing Jackie Mason in 1988 on Wogan – a British
talk show and obviously finding him very entertaining, I went to see his show in London’s West End. His delivery and material were utterly hysterical and as good or probably better than any comedy seen before or since. In one memorable moment during the performance he asked a rhetorical question, and a woman in the audience answered the question-perhaps trying to be helpful. Quick as a flash
J M said, demonstrating physically, “lady I don’t need a partner”! I also very much enjoyed his observations on the behaviours of theatre goers.
I enjoyed reading your article and will recommend it. I particularly enjoyed the point that his comedy relating to people’s double standards was drawn from Torah study. His rabbinical background was a huge advantage in a highly competitive industry- comedy is an occupation which is famously highly demanding, and that Mr Mason stayed on top for so long-and lived such a long life is testament to his strength and intelligence. I sometimes look up his comedy – so much great material. It is inspiring that he used his strengths in such a positive ways. He was a truly great comedian and yet so much more. My thoughts are with his family.
July 25, 2021 8:18 PM
Great, practical book
July 25, 2021 7:36 PM
I realize that Jackie Mason had many fans, and was a gifted comedian. I couldn’t enjoy his comedy, though. I found many of his jokes offensive, and, at times, racially prejudiced. I do appreciate Jewish humor, though. I grew up reading Sholem Aleichem. My parents enjoyed Sam Levenson, and, from childhood on, so did I. His humor was filled with love. Other great Jewish humorists I appreciate are Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks, Gertrude Berg, Danny Kaye, Jack Benny, Carl Reiner, Elaine May, Victor Borge — yes, I am of that generation! And, despite the controversies, Woody Allen, and Philip Roth.
July 25, 2021 7:18 PM
A Sandwich for Three Million Dollars
“Where do you spend $3 million? Do you know a sandwich that costs three million dollars?”
Sure I do, Jackie. I could get two slices of bread, some butter and a slice of cheese, and make you a sandwich. Then I’d say, “Here’s a sandwich, Jackie. Gimme three million dollars, and it’s yours.”
July 25, 2021 7:52 PM
July 25, 2021 6:20 PM
A line from You Don’t Have To Be Jewish”!
I wonder if Jackie had a brother in law called Louie!?…In his will he could mention… “Hello Louie”!! ;-P A sad day for the Jewish people!! Alava Shalom/R.I.P. Make everybody laugh in Heaven,Jackie!!
July 25, 2021 5:56 PM
MY HONEYMOON JANUARY 1959
The first show my wife and I saw on our honeymoon, Miami Beach was Jackie Mason. His humor was a great start to our life together as a Jewish couple staring a military career. We had 44 years together and always had fond memories of that day. God bless you Jackie for giving us that start in life.
LTC HERBERT SIEGEL, RET. USA
July 25, 2021 5:45 PM
His vacuum cleaner story was the best
I saw him on Broadway and had to continuously stand up and sit down so I wouldn’t wet myself. The story hit home. My business partner always had to fix the vacuum. He was the BEST ?
Wiliam C. Levenson,
July 25, 2021 5:24 PM
Good Jewish Man
God bless Jackie Mason. Old-School comedian and one of my favorites. Courageous man to volunteer in an Israeli war zone.
July 25, 2021 5:22 PM
Always loved jackie Mason
Jackie was a mensch..he should rest in peace….
July 25, 2021 4:56 PM
He was great!
We loved his humor and there is no one like him.
July 25, 2021 4:29 PM
Best Talking Human Being,my favorite
Great man love him alwaystalk trur comedy
July 25, 2021 4:16 PM
He was a comedic wonder. Surviving against great odds.
I always enjoyed his humor and agreed with his political views.
Edwin B. Zaslow,
July 25, 2021 3:21 PM
Was he really a Rabbi?
That claim is very dubious, but in America, anyone can claim to be a rabbi.
July 25, 2021 3:04 PM
I’ve read that to give another person the gift of laughter is one of the greatest gifts…and that when that person goes to Shamayim, there is a very special place for him/her there. Is this true?
Joseph A. Apicella,
July 25, 2021 4:47 PM
What a way to be remembered
He made people laugh. What a wonderful gift. There must be a special place for these people.
July 25, 2021 2:55 PM
Best show I ever saw was Jackie in Chicago
Laughed so hard it was difficult to breathe
July 25, 2021 2:33 PM
Thanks for the laughs and your love of Israel. Great Ed Sullivan imitation!
July 25, 2021 2:23 PM
His humour was unique and much appreciated by yours truly.
A unique man with a heart and soul to match.
Born in the same year as me, 1931, making us both 90 years of age.
July 25, 2021 2:21 PM
My late husband loved Jackie Mason. I found most of his humor and comments offensive. I would my accompany my husband to his performances. I wonder how G-d will judge Mason.
July 25, 2021 2:14 PM
A very funny man who will be missed
He was a very funny and insightful comedian.
He will be missed.
Small correction-he was born in 1928
July 25, 2021 2:11 PM
You forgot to mention his “Father of the Year” award.
July 25, 2021 2:06 PM
I loved & love Jackie Mason…
I loved his beautiful accent, his smile, his laugh, his jokes, his dedication. My his memory be for a blessing.
July 25, 2021 2:01 PM
Very enlightened! Truly Jewish! Full of wisdom
July 25, 2021 1:32 PM
Quick in the draw
He had a quick and funny response when he approached me in the lounge of a hotel in the Catskills on a Friday night and I asked if he would give me his autograph for my mother.(This was almost 60 years ago)
I won’t say what he responded after saying it was Friday night and he couldn’t write. All I’ll say is that I didn’t get his autograph
July 25, 2021 8:03 PM
What was funny? That he disrespected you and your mother, and, possibly, his religion? He couldn’t write because it was Shabbos? And you believed him? He was famous for his humor denigrating others, a loshen hara.
Fred H Spagat,
July 25, 2021 1:28 PM
Losing another great Jew
With great shortage of great comedians, we lose yet another who was never afraid to let us know he was Jewish and proud. I am proud as well to say I am a Jew and that I mourn the loss of all Jews