Niagara Gazette

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November 8, 2012

Jackie Mason brings his comedy to Seneca casino

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Q: Anyway, we're glad to hear you are safe in Niagara Falls! What were you looking forward to most when you were heading here?

A: To be in a building that has heat and running water. My building doesn’t have that yet.

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Q: What can people expect from your act this weekend?

A: That’s the stupidest question ever asked. What do you expect from an egomaniac like me? Every performer will say it will be the best show ever and in this case it just so happens to be true.

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Q: Can you tell me your favorite showbiz stories?

A: I always wanted to be singer. I was headlining a bill with the Platters. They knew I used to be a Cantor and they asked me to perform with them. It was an absolute thrill.

Years ago I was hired to perform a wedding for a Jewish couple in Manhattan and I showed up at a different reception in the same building. It was a gentile wedding. The gentiles were so polite they didn’t say anything and let me walk up on the stage and start talking. They must have thought I was crazy, but nobody in the wedding party wanted to make me feel bad. So as I began my act I noticed there was not one yarmulke in the house. And there was no chuppa. I Immediately congratulated the couple, who luckily had a huge banner with their names on it hung up in the hall and ran off the stage like a thief to get out of there. The couple and the parents came up to me and thanked me and hugged me and said this was the nicest thing and asked me who had asked me to come. It was the sweetest reaction. It goes to show you how nice gentiles are to me over my career.

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