Jackie Mason Dies at 93, Hilarious Comedian Turned Borscht Belt Success into Broadway Gold
Jackie Mason has died at age 93. He was hilarious, there is no question. From the Borscht Belt to Ed Sullivan to Broadway. He willed himself into a career that spanned decades and had a trajectory that surprised even himself. Jackie won a Tony Award for a special event, his one man show, “The World According to Me,” in 1987. The last time I saw him was in 2011 when I sat next to him at a luncheon. Joan Rivers was getting an award and he was carrying on about her like crazy. I just remember laughing a lot. Jackie, RIP. You got very right wing at the end, but I’ll forgive you.
The New York Times has a good obit up.
Here are some clips. Condolences to his family and friends, to his wife Jill, and his best friend Raoul Felder.