Legendary comedian Jackie Mason died in New York City last night.
Long-time friend attorney Raoul Felder said,
“He died peacefully with several close friends and family at his side.”
Felder said Mason had been hospitalized for two weeks with difficulty breathing.
He was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, but Mason came of age in New York, with brief career turns as an amateur boxer and ordained rabbi before finally getting into comedy.
Mason was a master of the “Borscht Belt” style of standup, leaning heavily on Jewish culture and expressions. In his later years, Mason curated a vlog called ‘The Ultimate Jew’ on his website.
Felder said of Mason,
I would get phone calls that would start with,
‘Let me ask you something,’ and I knew he had thought of a hypothetical lawsuit to right some terrible wrong.”
Younger fans knew him best for his long-running voice work on The Simpsons. Mason’s voice appeared in 11 episodes as Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky, the father of Krusty the Clown, until his character died on an episode in 2014.
Jackie Mason was 93.