Niagara Gazette — Comic Jackie Mason – who calls himself “The Ultimate Jew” – is taking the stage at 8 p.m. Friday at Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls, but his performance almost turned into the show that wasn’t.
It was only just the other day that Mason was finally able to return to his Manhattan apartment, which is just across the street from the now-infamous “dangling crane” nearly blown off its construction pedastal during Hurricane Sandy.
Mason, a veteran comedian whose bad boy noteriety harks all the way back to an alleged finger-flipping incident on the Ed Sullivan Show and all the way forward to a lawsuit brought by Bill Maher for Mason's using the words "Politically Incorrect" as the title of his standup show. According to Wikepedia, Sullivan later apologized for making a fuss over what was actually a hand wave by Mason, and Mahar lost the law suit.
And Mason has gone his merry way through a career that has been indisputably infused with staying power, notable by his Emmy-winning role as the voice of Rabbi Hyman Krustofski on "The Simpsons."
Passionately political and outspoken, particularly in support of Israel, Mason still manages to carry on the biting humor he is noted for, which some say set the stage early in the 1950s for words "insult comic" to become a job description.
Despite the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy, the show will go on, and the comedian gamely replied to a few email questions sent to him by Night and Day.
QUESTION: So, I hear that your New York City apartment was dangerously near that crane dangling 70 stories in the air during Hurricane Sandy and you had to be evacuated. How was that?
ANSWER: First, my wife and I having to evacuate our building is not an easy task. Do you realize how long it takes to Jews to gather up all their pills? Our pills took up two suitcases alone! Then we had to take all our bottled water and enough to nosh on. Then we had to argue about what I could eat and what I couldn’t, then another long argument about how many sweaters and coats I had to wear. Then we had to find some gentiles who would carry our suitcases to where we were going to stay. We get down to our lobby and you could immediately tell who was Jewish and who was not. The Jews were mobbed up with 20 suitcases each and the gentiles were just carrying one duffle bag each. Then I spent the next 4 days talking to my lawyers to see who I’m going to sue for all this. All this meshugaas because a crane collapsed on a building going up across the street, being built by Arabs. For this alone is why Israel shouldn’t make peace. I’m going to call Bebe Netanyahu myself.