September 23, 2009 |
Incivility is the new secondhand smoke. Everyone feels impelled to disdain it, but nobody is willing to do away with it entirely. Besides, it's profitable. Look at South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson. Two weeks ago, he was just a loudmouth with the bad taste to shout an insult at the president of the United States from the House floor. Since then, he's become a right-wing darling, and $2 million in new campaign contributions have flowed his way. Incivility apparently cuts both ways, though; his Democratic challenger has taken in more than $1.5 million.
March 7, 2008 |
Periodically during "Jackie Mason: The Ultimate Jew," which ends its limited run at the Wadsworth Theatre on Sunday, the term "politically correct" comes up. It elicits guffaws -- and why not? This nonpareil stand-up comic, who can draw snorts with a raised eyebrow, gives political correctness an ironic Bronx cheer. After many decades in show business, Mason has raised the kvetch to an art form, and "The Ultimate Jew" maintains his blithely cantankerous average. Subtitled "The Farewell Performances," Mason's latest rambling commentary hits New York on March 18, where it will surely land like gangbusters.
February 28, 2008 |
JEWS are not mechanically inclined, comic Jackie Mason has famously stated in his stand-up routines. Mason himself, however, is not a Luddite. He is a video blogger. His upcoming show, "Jackie Mason: The Ultimate Jew," includes bits on iPhones and Google. And his preferred method of communication for this interview? E-mail. How does the comedian, now in his 70s, remain so current? "I work constantly," he states.
August 6, 2006 |
JAY LENO: Our first guest tonight is an Oscar-winning actor and director. Please welcome Mr. Mel Gibson. (Applause as Mel walks out, waves, shakes Jay's hand and sits) Jay: Thanks for being here. Mel: Thank you for having me. Jay: That's an interesting suit you're wearing. What is that, like, an old prison uniform? Mel: That's right. This is a replica of a uniform worn by inmates at Auschwitz. Jay: Auschwitz. Like, the concentration camp in Poland during World War II. Mel: That's right.
June 3, 2006
RE "Satire, Right -- But Comics' Punch Lines Veer to the Left," by Barbara Serrano, May 29: I find this another example of misguided lefties trying to sell their ideology. It hasn't worked on Air America, or anywhere else. With the exception of Bob Hope and Jackie Mason, every comedian I can think of is liberal, or "progressive." But they are successful comedians because their focus is on funny, not socialism, white-bashing and promoting homosexuality. This "Laughing Liberally" troupe will not convert any "heartland" audiences to their agenda.
August 2, 2002 |
Jackie Mason feels President Bush is basically a decent man, even if he has trouble completing a sentence. So OK, Mason would say, so speaking English is not Bush's field. "Winston Churchill was the greatest prime minister of all time. No one heard a word he said." Anyone familiar with Mason can hear his inflection in these jokes; it's what has made him beloved to some, a Broadway fixture and an ethnic embarrassment to others.