Friday, December 12, 2008

Jackie Mason suing Queens College

Jackie Mason filed a lawsuit against Queens College last week after he said the school took advantage of his goodwill while trying to fill a hole left in its schedule left by the death of his friend, George Carlin, according to his lawyer.

Prior to his death in June, Carlin was scheduled to perform at the Colden Center at Queens College on Sept. 20. After he died, Mason agreed to fill in for the late comedian and perform his set “The Ultimate Jew” at the discounted price of $50,000, on the condition that tickets only be offered to students, faculty and alumni and cost no more than $40 apiece.

“[Mason] was going to dedicate the show to Carlin,” Mason’s attorney, Raoul Felder, said. “But it was on that condition. That was the deal.”

Felder said the comic pulled out of the show after the college allegedly opened sales of the show to the public and began charging as much as $100 per ticket.

Felder said the lawsuit, filed against the school and promoter Friend Entertainment in Manhattan Supreme Court last week, seeks to collect the $50,000 that Mason would have been paid for performing the show.

“They broke the contract,” he said.

Qns College tried funny business: Suit


Anonymous said...

Lotta funny stuff at there.

Know a certain professor who tried to walk off with some historic documents (until someome blew the whistle and the city's inspector general paid a visit) and made a donation of another batch of docuements that actually belonged to a local musuem.

Now we ain't naming names are we?

Queens Crapper said...

Was it someone who is also a budding politician?

Anonymous said...

Think Jamaica Town Records from the 1600s for sell $25,000 at the Antiquarian Book Fair and the Jacob Titus Bowne Collection.

Throw in the QBPL, too!

georgetheatheist said...

Remember when Mason appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show? They were running out of time and the stage manager gestured to Mason to quickly wrap-up his routine. Mason said: "Vat? You're givink me da finga? I giv you da finga!"

Man, o'Man was Sullivan pissed.

Queens Crapper said...

How about when he called David Dinkins "a fancy schvartze with a mustache?"

David Dinkins said...

Jackie had it right. I was and still am a fancy schvartze with a mustache. Just like Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. See my photos every week in the society pages of the Sunday Times.

georgetheatheist said...

Who does Jackie's make-up? See the photo. He looks like he's embalmed.

Anonymous said...

Carlin was a genius!

Mason is a "has-been"!

That's why Jackie agreed to play Queens College (after the
"Borscht Belt circuit got tired of his worn out "schtick").

maybe calling Theater In The Dark to book a "mercy gig" might be his next move.