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9 Definitive Truths About Jackie Martling

1. John Coger “Jackie” Martling, Jr. is an American comedian, comedy writer and radio personality.

2. He is best known for being the head-writer and on-air personality on The Howard Stern Show from 1983 to 2001.

3. Jackie Martling was born in Mineola, New York, on Long Island.

4. He attended Oyster Bay High School and lived in East Norwich, New York, earning a mechanical engineering degree from Michigan State University in 1971.

5. Martling began his show business career as a musician on Long Island, New York, playing with an original music and comedy trio, “The Off Hour Rockers.”

6. In the late 1970s he began telling jokes on stage solo.

7. Although album sales were anemic, Martling mailed the albums to Howard Stern at WNBC-AM when Stern first arrived in New York City in 1982.

8. Along with Fred Norris, Martling wrote bits, song parodies, and material for the infamous “Jackie puppet” for The Howard Stern Show.

9. Billy West, who voiced the puppet, said how surreal it was to sit behind Martling, and viciously attack him with lines Jackie had just written for him.

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