Three years ago, the veteran Borscht-Belt legend that is Jackie Mason performed a run of ‘farewell’ gigs in London. Well, apparently it wasn’t quite goodbye. Mason’s been in the comedy game for 60 years, and he knows how to write a quality gag. Nestled among his stories of marriage grumbles are masterful one-liners. And, even at the ripe old age of 83, his comedic timing is still spot on.
Born Yacov Moshe Maza, at the age of 25 Mason was ordained a rabbi (like his father and three brothers). But at 28 he packed it in to become a comedian. On stage, the Wisconsin-born New York comic sees the world in two distinct categories – Jews and everyone else – and explains, at length, how they ‘differ’.
He also skewers celebs, but evidently finds it difficult to keep up with pop culture: his last trip to London was billed as an ‘all new show’ but featured a big chunk of old gags. This time around he’s promising to (slightly) update his targets to include ‘50 Shades of Grey’, Ed Miliband and, er, Madonna.
Go if you like…
Jackie Mason. It could be your last chance.