Jackie Mason, known for his rapid-fire befuddled observations has passed away, Saturday July 24, 2021, at the age a 93. Jackie was born Yacov Moshe Hakohen Maza on June 9, 1928 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, into a family of strict Orthodox Jews. His father, his grandfather, his great-grandfather, and his great-great grandfather were all rabbis. His mother and father were born in Minsk and immigrated to the United States in the 1920s. When Jackie was five his family moved to the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City.
As a teen, he work at resorts in the Borscht Belt in New York’s Catskill Mountains. Mason graduated from the City College of New York on a double major of English and Sociology with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953. At age 18 he became a cantor, and at age 25 he received semikhah and was ordained a rabbi.
Three years later, when his father died, Jackie set out to be a comedian, stating that someone had to make some money. He wrote all his own material often ridiculing people in the audience. Besides appearing on many comedy and talk show he appeared in movies such as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Sleeper, The Stoolie, The Jerk, History of the World and Caddyshack II. He appeared in TV episodes of Chicken Soup, The Simpsons, The Jackie Mason Show, 30 Rock and Answer Me This.
Jackie Mason wrote 4 books and appeared in over 200 self written video blog entries on YouTube. He won a Tony Award for The World According to Me! and an Emmy, in 1988, for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program for the same program. In 1992 he won another Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in the Simpsons cartoon as Rabbi Krustofsky, Krusty the Clown’s dad.