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Mel Brooks Isn't Done Punching Up the History of the World - The New York Times

  

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Via:  jbb  •  3 weeks ago  •  29 comments

By:   Maureen Dowd (nytimes)

Mel Brooks Isn't Done Punching Up the History of the World - The New York Times
The comedian, at 96, is happy to inspire a new generation to make their own Hitler jokes.

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The comedian, at 96, is happy to inspire a new generation to make their own Hitler jokes.

Mel Brooks at home in Santa Monica, Calif.Credit...Chantal Anderson for The New York Times

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By Maureen Dowd

  • Published March 11, 2023 Updated March 15, 2023

Mel Brooks is a sophisticated guy. He collected fancy French wines and did a tasting on Johnny Carson's show. He drops references to Nikolai Gogol's "Dead Souls." He was married for 40 years to that epitome of elegance, Anne Bancroft. He was a favorite lunch companion of Cary Grant, the suavest man who ever lived.

But in the new Hulu show "History of the World, Part II," you can still find all the Mel Brooks signature comedy stylings: penis jokes, puke jokes and fart jokes.

"I like fart jokes," he said, Zooming from his home in Santa Monica, Calif. "It adds some je ne sais quoi to the comedy. A touch of sophistication for the smarter people helps move the show along."

After all, with the percussive campfire scene in his 1974 comedy classic, "Blazing Saddles," where the cowhands sit around eating beans and passing wind, he elevated flatulence to cinematic history.

The comedy legend, 96, preferred to meet on Zoom because he's wary of Covid. Strangers love to hug him and say, "Mel, I love you!" he said, adding, "I'm a target."

The man behind outlandish, hilarious movies like "The Producers," "Young Frankenstein," "Spaceballs," "High Anxiety," "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" and "History of the World, Part I," along with the hit TV spy comedy "Get Smart," no longer lives in a time where he can have "absolutely no restrictions on any and all subjects," as he said about writing "Blazing Saddles" (which was slapped with its own content warning in 2020 when it was on HBO Max). And he lost the two loves of his life, Ms. Bancroft and Carl Reiner. But Mel Brooks is still a ball of fire.


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JBB
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1  seeder  JBB    3 weeks ago

Mel Brooks, who will be 98 in June, is still a ball of fire...

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  JBB @1    3 weeks ago

an iconic comedy genius that conquered the small and large screen. I saw all of his movies in theaters when they came out and always watch them again on cable. both he and carl reiner turned 60's TV sitcom actors into movie stars. I seem to recall that mel was also a WWII vet.

 
 
 
Krishna
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1.1.1  Krishna  replied to  devangelical @1.1    3 weeks ago
an iconic comedy genius

I totally agree-- one of the best comedians of all time! 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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1.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @1.1    3 weeks ago

I love the guy

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2  Drinker of the Wry    3 weeks ago

Ball of fire?

 
 
 
Igknorantzruls
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2.1  Igknorantzruls  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2    3 weeks ago
Ball of fire?

when compared to a bag of ice

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1.1  devangelical  replied to  Igknorantzruls @2.1    3 weeks ago

you spelled ass wrong ...

 
 
 
Igknorantzruls
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2.1.2  Igknorantzruls  replied to  devangelical @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

just need peace

 
 
 
JBB
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2.2  seeder  JBB  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2    3 weeks ago

Contrarianism extended to a comic genius and national treasure is taking it too too far. What is your problem with Brook's good health and creative mental productivity now well into his tenth decade?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2.2.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JBB @2.2    3 weeks ago
What is your problem with Brook's good health and creative mental productivity now well into his tenth decade

I have no problem with Mel Brooks and have enjoyed his work.

 
 
 
Kavika
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3  Kavika     3 weeks ago

Keep on keeping on, Mel

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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4  Right Down the Center    3 weeks ago

Can you imagine what a redo of Blazing Saddles would look like today?

 
 
 
JBB
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4.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Right Down the Center @4    3 weeks ago

I shudder to imagine it's Springtime For Donald And MAGA Land...

 
 
 
devangelical
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4.2  devangelical  replied to  Right Down the Center @4    3 weeks ago

going to a trump rally is pretty close...

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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4.2.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  devangelical @4.2    3 weeks ago

Nope

 
 
 
devangelical
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4.2.2  devangelical  replied to  Right Down the Center @4.2.1    3 weeks ago

oh yes ...

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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4.2.3  Right Down the Center  replied to  devangelical @4.2.2    3 weeks ago

au contraire

 
 
 
Tessylo
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4.2.4  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @4.2    3 weeks ago

some sit in the front row with their white sheets at the ready

 
 
 
Igknorantzruls
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4.2.5  Igknorantzruls  replied to  Tessylo @4.2.4    3 weeks ago

cause they're yellow

 
 
 
Gsquared
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5  Gsquared    3 weeks ago

original

 
 
 
devangelical
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5.1  devangelical  replied to  Gsquared @5    3 weeks ago

 
 
 
devangelical
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6  devangelical    3 weeks ago

 
 
 
devangelical
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7  devangelical    3 weeks ago

 
 
 
Gordy327
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8  Gordy327    3 weeks ago

Only Mel Brook could take something like the Spanish Inquisition and turn it into a musical. The man is a comedy genius. 

 
 
 
devangelical
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8.1  devangelical  replied to  Gordy327 @8    2 weeks ago

undoubtedly.

 
 
 
devangelical
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8.2  devangelical  replied to  Gordy327 @8    2 weeks ago

 
 
 
Gordy327
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8.2.1  Gordy327  replied to  devangelical @8.2    2 weeks ago

Such a classic.

 
 
 
devangelical
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8.2.2  devangelical  replied to  Gordy327 @8.2.1    2 weeks ago

all's fair in love, war, and comedy...

 
 
 
devangelical
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9  devangelical    2 weeks ago

 
 

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