Comedian Jackie Mason, who had a decades-long standup career and was noted for his rapid-fire bewildered insights, died at the age of 93 on Saturday in a New York hospital, according to long-time friend and collaborator Raoul Felder.
“He died peacefully with several close friends and family at his side,” Felder said. Mason had been hospitalized for two weeks with difficulty breathing, Felder said.
Mason was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, but grew up in New York, where he had brief stints as an amateur boxer and an ordained rabbi before turning to comedy. Jackie Mason was a stand-up comedian who specialized in the “Borscht Belt” style, which drew extensively on Jewish culture and phrases. Mason’s website featured a vlog dubbed “The Ultimate Jew” in his final years.
According to Felder, Jackie Mason Enjoying
Mason, according to Felder, has always enjoyed receiving attention from fans.
“He would talk to anybody on the street, even when he was at the height of his fame,” Felder said.
Mason’s on-stage presence as a man whose wheels never stopped churning was no act, he claimed. “I’d get phone calls that started with, ‘Let me ask you something,’ and I knew he was planning a hypothetical lawsuit to correct some awful wrong,” Felder, an attorney, explained.
Mason was most known to younger fans for his long-running role on “The Simpsons.” Mason’s role, Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky, the father of Krusty the Clown, appeared in 11 episodes until his death in 2014.
Mason is survived by Jyll Rosenfeld, his wife and manager.