Jackie Mason, 93, Dies; Turned Kvetching Into Comedy Gold

July 25, 2021

He was born Yacov Moshe Maza in Sheboygan, Wis., on June 9, 1928, to immigrants from Belarus, although other sources give the year as 1931.His three older brothers became rabbis, and his two younger sisters married rabbis.Hedging his bets, he had begun working summers in the Catskills, where he wrote comic monologues and appeared onstage at every opportunity.He struggled at first, playing the Catskills and, with little success, obscure clubs in New York and Miami.Plagued by guilt, he underwent psychoanalysis, which did not solve his problems but did provide him with good comic material.