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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
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2012-07-27 10:28:55 AM  
Really enjoyable interview
 
2012-07-27 11:11:32 AM  
PSA: Mel Brooks is not Mel Blanc.
 
2012-07-27 11:24:35 AM  
Tip 1: Don't be surrounded by Assholes.
 
2012-07-27 11:43:00 AM  
I have a copy of the raw audio of an interview Mr. Brooks did for a major news organization a few weeks
before he got THE PRODUCERS won its Tony awards.

It not only is pretty much a "DVD commentary" for the original Broadway cast, it also has some of the
funniest stuff I have ever heard, bar none, made up on the spot due to spontaneous technical glitches
that he riffed off.

The man is not just a national treasure, he's a world treasure.
 
2012-07-27 11:45:49 AM  
Always remembering that Mel Brooks was married to Mrs. Robinson for 40+ years.
 
2012-07-27 11:49:52 AM  
I can hardly wait for "History of the World, Pt II". Any day now.
 
2012-07-27 11:58:00 AM  

unyon: I can hardly wait for "History of the World, Pt II". Any day now.


"Jews In Spaaaaace...."
 
2012-07-27 12:05:35 PM  
Never mind that shiat....
 
2012-07-27 12:05:58 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: unyon: I can hardly wait for "History of the World, Pt II". Any day now.

"Jews In Spaaaaace...."


See.....Hitler on ice!
 
2012-07-27 12:19:49 PM  

Gunny Highway: Never mind that shiat....


Here comes Mongo!
 
2012-07-27 12:19:52 PM  
Genius...

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

Farking genius
 
2012-07-27 12:28:30 PM  
I LOVE THIS MAN!
 
2012-07-27 12:32:19 PM  

Hawk24: AdolfOliverPanties: unyon: I can hardly wait for "History of the World, Pt II". Any day now.

"Jews In Spaaaaace...."

See.....Hitler on ice!


See.....A viking funeral!

/this was the single most interesting link from Fark in a month.
 
2012-07-27 12:35:34 PM  
Poor guy lost his wife and almost all of the actors he worked with are gone like Khan, Hines, Little, Feldman Candy, Korman, Boyle, DeLuise, Neilson, Mars. He just doesn't seem to be the same anymore when you see him in interviews.

/Life Stinks is very underrated
 
2012-07-27 12:41:47 PM  
Ow! That was my feelings!: Genius...

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

Farking genius


Robin Hood Men in Tights
Dracula Dead and loving it
 
2012-07-27 12:46:06 PM  
Silent Movie has the best scene ever, where they're sitting around a table looking at pictures of sexy starlets, and the table rises.
 
2012-07-27 12:48:42 PM  
My vote for the funniest scene in movie history.

/when I started reading the headline I thought he would be dead
//*phew*
 
2012-07-27 12:50:19 PM  
High Anxiety.
 
2012-07-27 12:50:59 PM  

Tax Boy: Silent Movie has the best scene ever, where they're sitting around a table looking at pictures of sexy starlets, and the table rises.


www.thestranger.com

Disagrees.

NO!

FTFM
 
2012-07-27 12:53:29 PM  
Jim from Saint Paul:Robin Hood Men in Tights

THIS!

/did you say Abe Lincoln?
 
2012-07-27 12:54:10 PM  
This was an Amazon deal a couple of days ago. Picked it up for $28.99. It's missing "The Producers" and "Spaceballs," but it's got everything else of his I care to watch (and I run hot and cold on "Spaceballs")

Looks like I'm going to have my very own Mel Brooks film festival next week!
 
2012-07-27 12:54:43 PM  
Met him once when I worked at 20th Century Fox. Nicest, most down-to-earth guy you could imagine. No pretenses at all.
 
2012-07-27 12:55:18 PM  
High Anxiety is a classic.
 
2012-07-27 01:00:27 PM  
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.
 
2012-07-27 01:03:52 PM  
midly mildly offensive

honest to christ, an edit button would be so nice.
 
2012-07-27 01:09:49 PM  
Well, duh. A writer gets his work butchered by the director. As a director he has more control.
 
2012-07-27 01:11:36 PM  
The Twelve Chairs is one I really like, but seems to be totally unknown.
 
2012-07-27 01:20:26 PM  
If it could get Mel to do another movie...

Fark it, I'll do non-union crew work...and get a ton of people to join.
It will be just as funny making it, as watching it.
 
2012-07-27 01:26:53 PM  
Best interview I've read in a long time. For the rest of the day, I'll be reading everything in Slim Pickens's twangy tone. Thanks, subs.
 
2012-07-27 01:28:17 PM  

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.
 
2012-07-27 01:28:55 PM  
www.inversecondemnation.com

It's good to be the director...er King!!
 
2012-07-27 01:33:25 PM  

Hawk24: AdolfOliverPanties: unyon: I can hardly wait for "History of the World, Pt II". Any day now.

"Jews In Spaaaaace...."

See.....Hitler on ice!


JUDAS. How 'bout a beverage?
 
2012-07-27 01:35:08 PM  

ZMugg: Tax Boy: Silent Movie has the best scene ever, where they're sitting around a table looking at pictures of sexy starlets, and the table rises.

[www.thestranger.com image 500x292]

Disagrees.

NO!

FTFM


Apparently, Mel Brooks called Marcel Marceau to described the scene, then asked him if he would say "no" in the film, and Marcel refused. I believe his reply was, "I can't say that...I'm FRENCH. It would have to be 'non.'"

/May not be an exact quote.
//It's from memory. Too lazy to Google.
 
2012-07-27 01:46:20 PM  

carlb: This was an Amazon deal a couple of days ago. Picked it up for $28.99. It's missing "The Producers" and "Spaceballs," but it's got everything else of his I care to watch (and I run hot and cold on "Spaceballs")

Looks like I'm going to have my very own Mel Brooks film festival next week!


Huh? I have that set and Spaceballs is included. It doesn't have The Producers, Life Stinks, or Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
 
2012-07-27 01:46:54 PM  

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

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

Farking genius


High Anxiety!
 
2012-07-27 01:59:18 PM  

AnotherBluesStringer: ZMugg: Tax Boy: Silent Movie has the best scene ever, where they're sitting around a table looking at pictures of sexy starlets, and the table rises.

[www.thestranger.com image 500x292]

Disagrees.

NO!

FTFM

Apparently, Mel Brooks called Marcel Marceau to described the scene, then asked him if he would say "no" in the film, and Marcel refused. I believe his reply was, "I can't say that...I'm FRENCH. It would have to be 'non.'"

/May not be an exact quote.
//It's from memory. Too lazy to Google.


According to TV Tropes, you are (mostly) correct, sir.

different word order, same point
 
2012-07-27 02:03:28 PM  
What a nice, thoughtful interview.
 
2012-07-27 02:27:44 PM  
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

2.bp.blogspot.com

/"O sweet mystery of life i have found you"
 
2012-07-27 02:40:11 PM  

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"


Yeeeeeeesssssssss!
 
2012-07-27 02:41:29 PM  

ertznay: The Twelve Chairs is one I really like, but seems to be totally unknown.


We saw it for English class when I was a sophmore in high school.

As funny as it was, it is also proof that, had he wanted to make straight drama he'd have been almost as good
as he was doing comedy, I think.
 
2012-07-27 02:43:15 PM  

Fano: High Anxiety!


Ooooooooooh, Ziety!
 
2012-07-27 02:43:43 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: ertznay: The Twelve Chairs is one I really like, but seems to be totally unknown.

We saw it for English class when I was a sophmore in high school.

As funny as it was, it is also proof that, had he wanted to make straight drama he'd have been almost as good
as he was doing comedy, I think.


Comedy is hard. See Shakespeare.
 
2012-07-27 02:48:56 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: DjangoStonereaver: ertznay: The Twelve Chairs is one I really like, but seems to be totally unknown.

We saw it for English class when I was a sophmore in high school.

As funny as it was, it is also proof that, had he wanted to make straight drama he'd have been almost as good
as he was doing comedy, I think.

Comedy is hard. See Shakespeare.


Dying is easy, comedy is hard
img.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-27 02:49:20 PM  
From IMDb trivia:

After promising to edit out several 'offensive' scenes such as the infamous farting sequence, Mel Brooks in fact never cut a single scene except one: after the room is darkened and Lilly informs Bart "It's TWUE! It's TWUE!", Bart quietly states "You're sucking on my elbow".

Awesome...
 
2012-07-27 02:51:08 PM  
Before reading the interview I'm kind of hoping the answer is;

a) to attract women.
b) money
c) ability to realise his artistic vision

... in that order.

/Yes, the farting cowboy scene is art.
 
2012-07-27 03:12:15 PM  

You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: Before reading the interview I'm kind of hoping the answer is;

a) to attract women.
b) money
c) ability to realise his artistic vision

... in that order.

/Yes, the farting cowboy scene is art.


I always get the warped ones.
 
Skr
2012-07-27 03:16:37 PM  
Mel Brooks is amazing. Really makes me sad that I haven't found any other writer/directors that can make a funny film like him.

/had really hoped for a Spaceballs followup after the SW prequel trilogy happened.
 
2012-07-27 03:21:10 PM  

Skr: Mel Brooks is amazing. Really makes me sad that I haven't found any other writer/directors that can make a funny film like him.

/had really hoped for a Spaceballs followup after the SW prequel trilogy happened.


He probably realized there is no greater possible mockery of the prequels than themselves.
 
2012-07-27 03:32:57 PM  
I'm still holding out for "Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money".
 
2012-07-27 03:41:13 PM  
From imdb:
Served as a corporal with the U.S. army in North Africa during World War II, where one of his duties was defusing land mines before the infantry moved in.
 
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.

[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
 
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  
blogs.riverfronttimes.com

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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