2000-02-19 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter

Life is so much more worth living if you can laugh from the heart at
least once a day, every day. Tonight, Owen and I spontaneously decided to just get out of town for a few hours and go see the Jackie Mason show on Broadway, "Much ado about everything". At first I didn't know whether I'd be in the mood for Mason's schtick; but we didn't stop laughing for two and a half-hours!

The world according to Mason is a funny one. He brilliantly pin-points
human behavior in all its hypocracy. He states how there are students who
study and get doctorates from places like Columbia University in area like
comparative culture; but when a short Jewish man from the lower east side talks about the behavior of different cultures, it's called, "comedy!" And from there the show took off.
Of course it's always difficult to describe the theater experience. You
have to "be there" because it's live. Theater is a living experience; but
Mason's comedic genius is worth the attempt. The fabric of Mason's material is so rich in perception as he makes fun of ethnic groups, human behavior, and politics. The audience quickly knew where Masons stands on the New York senate race. He says that it doesn't matter if Mayor Giulliani is arrogant. If you got on an airplane with two pilots and one had many more flying hours than the other, you wouldn't say, "oh, I'm not flying with this pilot cause
he's arrogant! Even though the other pilot is inexperienced, I like him cause he's nice, he's classy...It doesn't matter that he crashes the plane!

Mason does admit that Hillary has done a lot. She just hasn't gotten caught for any of it! He says that she has flip-flopped on so many positions...from the Palestinians having their own state to that they should at least have their own neighborhood! Or the position she took on the Puerto Rican terrorists..Mason says that if she had flip-flopped and had taken so many positions in her bedroom, she 'd have a better relationship with Bill! Besides, he says, "what Jewish girl would have put up with him? He would've been toast long ago. A Jewish girl would've had the White House put in her
name and he would've been living in the Bronx by now!

Mason does like George W. Bush. He says he's very intelligent, just don't ask him any questions!
Mason is also a brilliant impressionist. His range of characters is
vast, from William F. Buckley to Ed Sullivan, you'll actually believe that
they are "there" on stage. So, if you just need to get out of the house and
laugh for a few hours, go see this show!

***There will be a meeting of the Gateway Republican Club this Sunday, February 20, at 2:30 at the First Congregational Church. Among the topics discussed will be the local state senate race as well as the U.S. senate
race.

 

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