Richard interviews Jackie Mason back in the “9 Broadcast Plaza” days.
Coincidentally, Jackie Mason was the featured entertainment at my Bar Mitzvah celebration. After a Bar Mitzvah that included the anachronistic ‘Grandpa Sullivan lighting the Bar Mitzvah cake!’ we gathered that night at Ben Maksik’s Town and Country in Brooklyn. Bernadette Castro (who was the ‘first to conquer living space with a Castro Convertible!’, later a Republican politician in NY) was a singer and his opening act. Another coincidence was that one week after my Bar Mitzva, Jackie Mason was on Ed Sullivan creating the scandal that would smother his career for years.
For some reason Jackie and his handler seemed reticent about doing the live interview with me on Channel 9. His manager, Jill had put us on the back burner for months. Once we got on air together it seemed like we were testing each other at first but soon we hit it off. We remain friends and each time he sees me he calls me: ‘THE ANNOUNCER!’ in that singular bombastic NY accent. He’s been very supportive and often asks how someone so talented could be out of work–he means me but one could ask the same about him at various points in his career. (The reasons IMO are similar as well–we both have big mouths and speak whats on our minds regardless of the consequences!) At one time he even recommended THE RICHARD BEY SHOW for Channel 4 in England and they called for some clips. They ultimately decided it was ‘too American’. Sometime after this interview Jackie was given a show on Channel 9 that you may remember. His producer was the same one for my show, PEOPLE ARE TALKING, Rosemary Henri.
Hope you enjoy the interview…