Jackie Mason's third one-man standup comedy show, Love Thy Neighbor, closed on Broadway Jan. 5, 1997 after 237 performances. The comedian is now making plans for his next.
"Direct From Broadway, All New Show" was how Long Island's Westbury Music Fair billed Mason's appearance there, Aug. 16, 1997. Now, Mason arrives at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC with a new show title, Much Ado About Everything. The one-night only piece -- Feb. 21 -- is billed as a pre-Broadway engagement. (A Kennedy Center spokesperson had no information on the show's New York plans.)
Love Thy Neighbor was the latest in a series of Mason's one-man shows starting in the late 1980s, including The World According To Me and Jackie Mason: Politically Incorrect, in which the borscht-belt comedian expounded his view of the world. A lot of his material explores the difference between behavior of people of different ethnic groups, especially those between Jewish people and gentiles, but he's also barbed his routines with political commentary that spared neither conservatives nor liberals. He also took aim at current fads. His tart commentary on the Starbuck's coffee chain earned headlines when Love Thy Neighbor opened.
For ticket ($35) and information on the Kennedy Center show, call (202) 467-4600.