Sunday 25 July 2021

Jackie RIP

 Sorry to hear of the death of the great Jackie Mason, albeit at the ripe old age of 93. He was one of the most naturally funny of comedians, and surely the most Jewish.  He leaves a huge legacy of comedy across several genres (who could forget his voice-over as Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky, father of Krusty the Clown, in The Simpsons?), but he was at his absolute best in stand-up, a form in which there was no one to touch him. In his obituary in Jewish News, he is described as 'the Wisconsin-born funny funny man', which is probably unintentional but it's true: he was a 'funny man' who was actually funny (we can all think of plenty who aren't and some who never were). Here is Jackie Mason back in the 1960s, appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show and addressing one of his favourite subjects – doctors.

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