Jackie Mason - The Ultimate Jew

Review by Willard Manus

Mason, who has won numerous Tony and Drama Desk awards for his previous one-man appearances on Broadway, is back with a new show, JACKIE MASON--THE ULTIMATE JEW. After having briefly honed his material at the Wadsworth Theatre in L.A., Mason is now ensconced at New World Stages in NYC, where he nightly pokes fun at Obama, Hilary and McCain, President Bush and Iraq, Al Gore and global warming, marriage, the computer age, opera, political correctness and erectile dysfunction, and more.

Mason's brand of Jewish humor is as salty and stinging as ever. The jokes come one after the other, sometimes building into a rant which he suddenly and skilfully deflates by remarking, "Of course, I don't want to make an issue of this."

During the course of his swift-moving two-hour show, Mason also often teases audience members, a la Don Rickles, and sprinkles his material with profanity (for which he apologized). The comic seems angrier, more fed up with politics and the hypocrisy of the human race than ever before--but at the same time he has never been funnier.

A case in point was his riff on such male sexual-enhancement drugs as Cialis: "The tv ad says if the drug gives you an erection that lasts more than four hours, you should call a doctor. A doctor? Are you kidding? You should call four more women!"

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