Legendary American comedian Jackie Mason is Fearless - his last London West End residency announced for 2012

Posted: 25th November 2011

Some of you might know the name Jackie Mason, the sharp-witted Jewish king of one-liners who recently turned 75. In America, he's a bit of an institution and represents one of many comedians making great use of his background and culture. It's previously worked for the Marx Brothers, Joan Rivers, Ruby Wax and Andy Zaltzman, but Jackie Mason's gags have often concentrated on Jewish and American cultures, as well as keenly-observed script aimed at home politics. For decades, Mason's shows have played to packed houses on Broadway, some with provocative titles like "Politically Incorrect" and "The Ultimate Jew", yet his routines whilst being old school, remain funny.

I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something.
My grandfather always said, "Don't watch your money; watch your health." So one day while I was watching my health, someone stole my money. It was my grandfather.
Eighty percent of married men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe.

You can see where Mason's head is at from those examples.

He's no stranger to controversy either - a well-documented incident whereby Mason allegedly gave renowned chat-show mogul, Ed Sullivan, the finger on his TV show almost cost him his career for a while. Imagine doing that to Alan Carr, these days - he'd laugh and make a joke about it.

At the tender age of 75 then, it's perhaps time for Jackie Mason to entertain his UK audiences one last time, although we're pretty sure he said that about his last show. "Fearless" will no doubt cover his beloved homeland's current political turmoil, as well as ours, along with the Olympics, Twitter, name it, he'll give it a good going over. "If it's in the news, it's in the show!", he's been quoted as saying.

He will return to London in 2012 for a residency at the Wyndham's Theatre, running for five weeks from 13th February until 17th March. The seating capacity for each show is fairly limited, but you have plenty of performances to choose from and tickets start from £25 for the balcony, rising to £70 plus fees for the best seats.

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Paul Pledger