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(Directors Guild of America)   Mel Brooks, 86, on why he changed from writer to director and his philosophy of directing comedy   (dga.org) divider line 89
    More: Cool, Mel Brooks, Blazing Saddles, human beings, Young Frankenstein, Get Smart, carl reiner, Gene Wilder, film directors  
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2012-07-27 04:24:14 PM

DjangoStonereaver: The man is not just a national treasure, he's a world treasure.


I love that guy so much. As far as I'm concerned he holds 3 of the 'top 5 comedy' slots of all time. (I will not denigrate any of them by trying to compare them against each other; they are simply 'top 5,' not 'funniest ever,' etc. In no particular order: History of the world pt 1, blazing saddles, and Young Frankenstein.

President_Skroob: I'm still holding out for "Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money".


I'm still waiting for
JEWS IN SPACE
JEWS IN SPACE
JEWS IN SPACE
 
2012-07-27 04:29:14 PM
Still remember how stunned I was to find out that Max Brooks, the author of WWZ, is his son.

/thanks for the laughs and frights, Father & Son Brooks
 
2012-07-27 04:33:31 PM

urban.derelict: DjangoStonereaver: The man is not just a national treasure, he's a world treasure.

I love that guy so much. As far as I'm concerned he holds 3 of the 'top 5 comedy' slots of all time. (I will not denigrate any of them by trying to compare them against each other; they are simply 'top 5,' not 'funniest ever,' etc. In no particular order: History of the world pt 1, blazing saddles, and Young Frankenstein.

President_Skroob: I'm still holding out for "Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money".

I'm still waiting for
JEWS IN SPACE
JEWS IN SPACE
JEWS IN SPACE


I thought that WAS Spaceballs?

/may the shwartz be with you
 
2012-07-27 04:36:02 PM
Meh. Third rate cornball schtick.
 
2012-07-27 04:57:52 PM

doctor wu: Meh. Third rate cornball schtick.


Guess what, the people you do find funny think you're an idiot.
 
2012-07-27 04:58:45 PM

StoPPeRmobile: urban.derelict: DjangoStonereaver: The man is not just a national treasure, he's a world treasure.

I love that guy so much. As far as I'm concerned he holds 3 of the 'top 5 comedy' slots of all time. (I will not denigrate any of them by trying to compare them against each other; they are simply 'top 5,' not 'funniest ever,' etc. In no particular order: History of the world pt 1, blazing saddles, and Young Frankenstein.

President_Skroob: I'm still holding out for "Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money".

I'm still waiting for
JEWS IN SPACE
JEWS IN SPACE
JEWS IN SPACE

I thought that WAS Spaceballs?

/may the shwartz be with you


They were druish in Spaceballs...
 
2012-07-27 04:59:30 PM

doctor wu: Meh. Third rate cornball schtick.


Let me guess, your favorite comedy is something no one else is heard of...
 
2012-07-27 05:22:16 PM
My favorite Jew!
 
2012-07-27 05:34:43 PM
 
2012-07-27 05:40:03 PM
They should have had him write the screenplay adaption for World War Z, and had him direct.

That would have been brilliant!
 
2012-07-27 06:24:21 PM
For me, this is the best explanation of why the farting scene in Blazing Saddles is genius, while most other fart jokes in movies are sophomoric.

A: You know, I hate to pat myself on the back, but cowboys used to swill black coffee and beans. They used to scrape those beans from a tin plate. And we know all about beans and black coffee-that lethal combination. And that's why it works. Farting scenes do not usually work because they're not indigenous.
 
2012-07-27 06:25:08 PM
Great interview. I feel like I learned something about the man, and the industry.
 
2012-07-27 06:46:21 PM

Pentaxian: IMHO Madeline Kahn was one of the sexiest women ever. Not only good looking, but smart, and funny, and great voice.

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/"O sweet mystery of life i have found you"


You... I like you. You and I can get along.

Brooks has phenomenal taste in women. Seriously, damn near all the women in his movies were fantastically sexy
 
2012-07-27 07:06:41 PM
Great interview! I love that Brooks mentions one of my all-time favorite movies, The Palm Beach Story.
 
2012-07-27 07:10:54 PM

AbiNormal: The jig is up!


And gone!
 
2012-07-27 07:14:37 PM
I was 9 when "history of the world pt1" came out, and i loved it then, and more so now. Even as a child i could see how much fun they were having. I haven't heard anything on Brooks in a while, and wondered if he was now possibly just very old, and lonely. Thank you subby!
 
2012-07-27 07:28:24 PM
I would love to meet him and ask him one question: Did the agent numbers for Maxwell Smart and 99 come from the Old Testament?
 
2012-07-27 07:41:04 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: My vote for the funniest scene in movie history.

/when I started reading the headline I thought he would be dead
//*phew*


Excuse me while I whip this out
 
2012-07-27 07:54:00 PM
I had him autograph a railroad spike for me. Seemed like a weird thing at the time but it is kinda cool.
 
2012-07-27 08:31:44 PM
Why the fark did I think Mel Brooks was dead? I'm not sure why. He is awesome so I am glad he is still kicking.
 
2012-07-27 10:10:21 PM

mjones73: Excuse me while I whip this out


Up yours, n*gger!

/sorry about the 'up yours, n*gger,' here's this pie'

Ooba Tooba: I was 9 when "history of the world pt1" came out, and i loved it then, and more so now. Even as a child i could see how much fun they were having. I haven't heard anything on Brooks in a while, and wondered if he was now possibly just very old, and lonely. Thank you subby!


They interviewed him and his son maybe 5 or 8 years ago in an issue of Men's Health; I don't know how much that can help you but -- I wish I could personally thank him for making Blazing Saddles cuz he'd never be able to make a movie like that today.

The last time it was on TV they edited out all the farts and overdubbed horse winnies, and it... made no sense.

And then I bought the book from suburra.com ("You Will Die: the Burden of Modern Taboos") and he mentions in the book (talk about research) the last time Blazing Saddles was on broadcast tv -- something like 1982 or 83 when i was a kid -- and I'd watched it, I remember it very well -- it wasn't funny with the horse whinnies.

/thank FSM for dvds, bittorrent
//don't steal
///'borrow indefinitely'
//you can't take it with you
 
2012-07-27 10:13:11 PM

mjones73: Jim from Saint Paul: My vote for the funniest scene in movie history.

/when I started reading the headline I thought he would be dead
//*phew*

Excuse me while I whip this out


They said you was hung.
 
2012-07-27 10:13:20 PM
lh5.googleusercontent.com

/totally forgot
 
2012-07-27 10:16:02 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: Genius...

Blazin' Saddles
Young Frankenstein
History of the World, Part I
Spaceballs
The Producers

Farking genius


"Get Smart" the TV show...and a much lesser-known and impossible to find six-week gem called "When Things Were Rotten." It's what "Robin Hood; Men in Tights" should have been.
 
2012-07-27 10:33:09 PM

NateAsbestos: Pentaxian: IMHO Madeline Kahn was one of the sexiest women ever. Not only good looking, but smart, and funny, and great voice.

[thenicoleproject.files.wordpress.com image 267x400]

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 276x400]

/"O sweet mystery of life i have found you"

You... I like you. You and I can get along.

Brooks has phenomenal taste in women. Seriously, damn near all the women in his movies were fantastically sexy


You do not get fruit cup
 
2012-07-27 11:02:08 PM
A: Yes. Sometimes you get very lucky and the set will give you ideas for jokes. When I saw the caveman set on History of the World, it was very primitive. And I immediately thought, 'Well, where do I go to from here? I'd better go to biblical times.' I was going to skip the Bible and go to Rome. I said, 'No, I've got the set, just turn that thing around and it will be the mountaintop, and I did the Moses bit. 'The Lord Jehovah has....these 15...' Crash! I drop one of the tablets. 'Ten, ten commandments.'

Pure genius.

The blind man scene is YF was great.

/saw the play. it was most excellent.
 
2012-07-27 11:17:25 PM

AbiNormal: The jig is up!


fark you
that was a tear jerker
 
2012-07-28 01:26:15 AM
Lemme reference one of my favorite films of his that doesn't get enough love: To Be or Not To Be. A little confusing but funny as all get out, and a nice "Fark the Nazis" thing to it.
 
2012-07-28 02:16:19 AM
Mel Brooks inspired me to become a stand-up philosopher.
 
2012-07-28 03:37:02 AM
Brooks' Rule: The optimum length of a film comedy is 100 minutes because that's when the audience's Raisinettes run out.
 
2012-07-28 06:59:15 AM

NuttierThanEver: Basily Gourt: FTA-

Q: Blazing Saddles also makes frequent use of the "N-word." Could you get away with that today?

A: Never. If they did a remake of Blazing Saddles today, they would leave out the N-word. And then, you've got no movie. And I wouldn't have used it so much if I didn't have Richard Pryor with me on the set as one of my writers. And Cleavon Little [as Sheriff Bart] was great. Even though it was allowed, I kept asking Cleavon, 'Is that all right there? Is that too much there? Am I pushing this?' and he'd say, 'No, no, no, it's perfect there.'

That right there is all you need to know about society today. We've turned into a collection of quivering pantywaists, afraid to say anything even midly offensive, lest some PC asshole gets the vapors.

I wish Mel could have gotten with Dave Chappell before he lost his mind to write a sequel. Not just because I enjoy a good N-ear joke but because I would love to see them have Sherrif Bart get elected Governor. I think it would be humorous to see how a conservative white population would react to a man of color in executive office.


"All right... we'll give some land to the nxxxxrs and the chxxks. But we don't want the Irish!"
 
2012-07-28 08:12:13 AM

Candygram for Mongo: Mel Brooks inspired me to become a stand-up philosopher.


Have you bullshiatted today?
 
2012-07-28 10:36:38 AM
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Piss on you! I'm working for Mel Brooks!
 
2012-07-28 12:10:45 PM
Let's end this thread on a high note.
 
2012-07-28 06:29:44 PM
Mel Brooks' advice to Burt Reynolds when he directed his first movie: Fire someone the first day.
 
2012-07-29 04:06:24 AM

beerrun: Piss on you! I'm working for Mel Brooks!


Not in the face, not in the face!

/he almost missed one of his roles -- HOTW was filmed concurrently with Johnny Dangerously where he plays the pope, filmed in different locations, flights involved
//"everyboddy knows, except your mother, and your brother..."
/marilou hennerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
 
2012-07-30 09:09:49 AM
Sounds like steam escaping
 
2012-07-30 10:03:26 AM

saturn badger: The blind man scene is YF was great.

/saw the play. it was most excellent.


I saw YF:TM on Broadway with Roger Bart (Carmen Ghia in the 2005 version of The Producers), Megan Mullaly, and Andrea Martin as the Wilder, Kahn, and Leachman roles... I nearly peed myself laughing, it was so good.

/I'm still hoping that the finale comes true, and that Brooks does a Blazing Saddles musical.
//Pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease
 
2012-07-30 11:11:09 AM

Crewmannumber6: Sounds like steam escaping


Now *stomp*watch *stomp*me *stomp*fxxxxots.
 
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