Legendary comic and Sheboygan native, Jackie Mason, passes away at 93
NEW YORK (AP) — Jackie Mason, a rabbi-turned-jokester whose feisty brand of standup comedy got laughs from nightclubs in the Catskills to West Coast talk shows and Broadway stages, has died. He was 93.
Mason died Saturday in Manhattan, the celebrity lawyer Raul Felder told The Associated Press.
The comic was born Jacob Maza in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to immigrant parents from Belarus.
He went on to use a stage name, Jackie Mason, under which he achieved incredible fame throughout the world in numerous show and film roles.
His one-man show, “The World According to Me!” made him a triumph of Broadway in the 1980s.
Known for his “Borscht Belt” style of comedy, Mason’s trademark was continuing that kind of performance style throughout his multiple-decades-long career.
Mason is survived by his wife, Jyll Rosenfeld and a daughter.