Sheba Mason will be the featured performer as the YM-YWHA of Union County, Union, presents its first Saturday Night Comedy Club, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. The program includes an opening act by Eric Braunstein. Admission is $20 per couple, with a $5 discount for Y members. Reservations are strongly suggested. For more information, call the Y at 908-289-8112.
November 27, 2008
At least someone is benefiting from these tenuous financial times. “The good thing about the economy is that I’ll have a lot to talk about,” said comedian Sheba Mason. “I won’t have a house, I won’t have clothes, I won’t have anything to eat, but I’ll have a lot to say.”
Mason doesn’t have to deal with sibling rivalry. For her, it’s parental rivalry. Sheba, still trying to establish her career, is following in the footsteps of her father, Jackie Mason. She’ll bring her observational humor to the YM-YWHA of Union County on Saturday evening, Dec. 6.
“Because he’s such a star, such a legend, and so amazing, I have him on such a pedestal in my mind that I couldn’t begin to compete with him or compare myself to him. I do aspire to be on that level one day, but I like to keep a realistic viewpoint of where I am and where he is,” she said.
Mason, 22, admitted that there had long been some animosity between her and her dad, who was out of her life for many years.
“It started very rocky, but lately we’ve been getting a lot closer, I’m happy to say. Last week I saw him on the street and he actually recognized me. And I know he did, because the minute he did, he ran the other way.”
Can we get a rim shot here?
Sheba’s brand of humor is somewhat different from Jackie’s; he frequently used his religion as material. Although she does include a little Yiddishkeit in her shtick, she said, “he’s the master of that, and if I were to even attempt to copy him, it wouldn’t be even close.”
Mason, whose mother is playwright Ginger Reiter, has being doing stand-up for three years, but she’s no stranger to the stage, having performed in one form or another since she was three years old.
Jackie has never seen his daughter perform. “If he wants to come, I’d love to have him come,” she said.
But she couldn’t help getting in one last, affectionate dig.
“I sometimes wish a better-looking comedian was my father — like Woody Allen or Rosie O’Donnell.”