Jackie MasonThe crunchy, self-doubting comedian who was erased in pop culture by “The Simpsons” has passed away.
Jackie died Saturday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. old friend Raoul Fields, says TMZ… Jackie was hospitalized for over 3 weeks… and she was admitted with a lung infection. He has been suffering from a number of health problems over the past few years.
Mason’s comedy career spans 60 years, with some massive successes along with some big bumps along the way.
His big break came in 1960, when he appeared on “The Steve Allen Show” and was murdered. This led to huge bookings at various clubs and regular TV appearances, including “The Ed Sullivan Show” where he appeared 12 times…and then, disaster struck. In 1964, Mason was on the Sullivan live show but was partially preempted by a speech by the then president. Lyndon Johnson. When regular programming resumed, Mason was halfway through his acting and Sullivan was already counting on him with his “one minute left” finger. Mason responded by looking at the audience members, “Here’s a finger for you, here’s a finger for you”…and so on.
The merchandise was damaged after that for years…the club owners felt it was “rude and unpredictable”. It took 20 years to get over what happened in that one minute,” Mason said.
And there was more… At the 1966 Vegas show, Mason mocked Frank Sinatrayoung marriage Mia Farrow Frank soaks his dentures and Mia brushes her teeth. As the story goes… a gunman fired a shot in the Mason’s hotel room.
Mason’s comedy was funny at times…especially when he was grumbling about his self-doubt. He joked, “When I attended a football match, every time the players went into a gathering, I thought they were talking about me.”
His biggest success came in 1986, with his single “The World From My View!” …which ran on Broadway for two years and won a Tony and an Emmy on the HBO show.
The title of his autobiography emphasizes Jewish humor – “Jackie, oh!”
Mason was the voice of Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky, Krusty the Clown’s father, on The Simpsons.
At the time of his death, Mason was surrounded by his wife, generationAnd And friend, Felder.