Born Yacov Moshe Maza in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Jackie followed his three brothers, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather into the rabbinate, only to resign three years after his ordination to become a comedian.
Jackie is the subject of a long interview in Tablet this week by David Evanier, an article worth reading whether you love him or hate him. The interviewer covers a wide range of topics from his family background, his Jewishness, his pride in the Borscht Belt origins of his comedy, his support for Israel, why Gentiles in general and Italians in particular are his best audiences, and his favorite comedians.
As a tribute to Jackie on his birthday, we're sharing two video clips of his performances. The first is a classic routine about how the dating system is a fraud from his first Broadway show The World According to Me, and the second is a collection of clips from a documentary about Jackie called Equal Opportunity Offender.
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