Jackie Mason Mocks Al Franken, Matt Lauer and Others in New Stand-Up Routine
Comedian Jackie Mason told a nearly sold-out crowd at B.B King Blues Club & Grill on 42nd Street that the flood of stories about sexual assault is overwhelming.
“I’m afraid to pick up a paper,” he said.
Mason targeted Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who recently announced that he will resign. He referred to Franken as a “no-good lowlife.”
“He’s claiming that all the claims made against him are a lie,” Mason said. “He was never involved with anybody. He never touched anybody. He never did anything. And the next day, he says ‘I want to apologize to everybody that I touched and everything I did.’”
Mason added that accusations against newsman Charlie Rose surprised him, because Rose “looks like a Jewish professor from Tel-Aviv,” and was supposed to be an intellectual.
Mason also brought up the reports about Matt Lauer, who was terminated by NBC after allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior.
“Did you hear about the button under his desk as soon as the girl came in?” Mason asked. “‘I got ya!’… You would think he worked for the Taliban.”
Mason also said that former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly lost any credibility with the huge payments he made to women who claimed that he harassed them.
“He paid this one 12 million, this one 32 million, this one 47 million — and now he claims that he never did nothing,” Mason said.
In the first half of his act, Mason could not be heard at times because he did not speak into the mic. But Mason had the crowd howling at several points, including when he spoke about major difference between Jews and gentiles. His timing was on point when he said that he’s never seen a Jew over 50 who is healthy, and that the “chosen people” are always running from one doctor to another.
“You ever see a gentile tell you he’s sick?” Mason asked. “A gentile could crash into a wall, be bleeding to death. ‘How do you feel?’ ‘Great!’ A Jew comes out of a limousine: ‘I’m tired.’”
Mason said that he hasn’t seen a young person’s face in 12 years, due to them having their heads buried in their iPhones. He also lambasted Barbara Streisand, saying that she comes to a show and instead of singing, she tells the audience who to vote for. On politics, Mason — a Trump supporter — said that President Trump is “almost doing a great job,” and quipped that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes a bribe every ten minutes. He made no mention of Roy Moore.
While some of Mason’s material was old, much of it was seasonal.
“It never snowed this whole season till I got a job,” he said. “I’m telling you, this is antisemitism. Some Arab worked it out. ‘When is that Jew working?’ Boom! It snowed.”
There was dead silence at one moment, when Mason repeated himself during one joke. To be sure, it was complex and difficult to memorize. To his credit, he told the crowd that the joke wasn’t so hot, and drew applause for his honesty. Overall, he was very impressive, and is still funnier than most comedians you will see.
Mason, who is reportedly 86, said that he is enjoying old age and not worried about any critics.
“At this stage in life, if you think I stink, why should I care?” he asked. “You won’t see me again anyway.”