American comedian Jackie Mason has died at the age of 93.
Meissen was a rabbi before joining the arts field in the 1950s. He was known for his comments on community issues, appearances on talk shows, and solo appearances on Broadway.
Mason has won numerous awards in his career, including a Tony and Emmy Award for voice playing Christy’s clown father in the animated series The Simpsons.
Many comedians from around the world have expressed condolences over the star’s death via social media.
“It really was one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen,” actor Henry Winkler said on Twitter. “Thanks Jackie, now you can laugh that in heaven.”
British comedian Omid Jalili wrote: “Now I can imagine a long line in front of the gates of heaven, where the gatekeeper St. Peter asks Jackie Mason to do a funny job,” adding: “Rest in peace, Jackie.”
Jackie Mason was born as Jacob Mazza in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on June 9, 1928. At the age of five, he moved with his family to New York.
His father and three great-grandparents were all rabbis, he was ordained a rabbi after graduating from college and began leading Jewish congregations in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Many non-Jews attended religious gatherings to hear his sermons because he told many jokes, Mason told the Chicago Tribune earlier. He quit his job as a rabbi and turned to comedy as his main job after his father’s death in the late 1950s.
Mason was known for his Jewish accent in New York, and his jokes focused on word play, exposition, and sometimes jokes that violated social or political correctness.
He once joked, “Eighty percent of married men who cheat live in America. The rest live in Europe.”
Mason, a registered member of the Republican Party, has spoken in defense of U.S. President Donald Trump in the last days of his life. He was also resolutely pro-Israel.
Mason was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City two weeks ago and died there Saturday.
Mason was married to Jill Rosenfeld and had a daughter, Sheba.