Picks and Pans Review: A Jackie Mason on Broadway

updated 02/08/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/08/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

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Jackie Mason, back from obscurity thanks to his hit one-man Broadway show, hasn't changed much. He got older but he didn't get better. Ditto his jokes. Mason still tells the basic poor shlub gag (long since perfected and abandoned by Woody Allen): "I didn't know who I was. I went to a psychologist.... Right away he said, 'This is not you.' " And he still tells the cheapest of all jokes, ethnic ones about Italians, Poles, Jews, blacks, gentiles, Arabs and: "I love the Puerto Rican people. I go to Puerto Rico every year just to visit my hubcaps." These gags do not belong on Broadway. They belong in some dingy dive, printed on the cocktail napkins.

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