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2013-01-23 11:35:48 AM
I thought Tyler Perry was the king of comedy.
 
2013-01-23 11:36:33 AM
Mel Brooks hasn't been funny in 30 years
 
2013-01-23 11:39:42 AM

abhorrent1: Mel Brooks hasn't been funny in 30 25 years


There....

Spaceballs was released in 1987.
 
2013-01-23 11:45:57 AM

gunga galunga: abhorrent1: Mel Brooks hasn't been funny in 30 25 years

There....

Spaceballs was released in 1987.


Have you seen the cartoon version? farking awful. Great movie though.
 
2013-01-23 11:48:13 AM

abhorrent1: Mel Brooks hasn't been funny in 30 years



A pox on your house!


/This should be on the main page
 
2013-01-23 11:51:10 AM
abhorrent1:Mel Brooks hasn't been funny in 30 years

The man co-wrote and directed Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein which are a lifetimes work right there. He doesn't need to be funny anymore.
 
2013-01-23 12:00:16 PM
Harrumph!
 
2013-01-23 12:08:50 PM

eagles95: Harrumph!


I didn't get a "harrumph" outta that guy...
 
2013-01-23 12:20:02 PM
Go watch his episode on Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. Excellent.
 
2013-01-23 12:23:05 PM

gunga galunga: abhorrent1: Mel Brooks hasn't been funny in 30 25 20years

There....

Spaceballs was released in 1987.


Men in Tights was released in 1993.

/and he does need to do a parody of WWZ.
 
2013-01-23 12:28:23 PM

abhorrent1: Mel Brooks hasn't been funny in 30 years


Ya know what? Even if he hasn't been funny in decades, he made up for it with Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, History of the World Part I, and...well...yeah. He's awesome.
 
2013-01-23 12:33:36 PM

OtherLittleGuy: gunga galunga: abhorrent1: Mel Brooks hasn't been funny in 30 25 20years

There....

Spaceballs was released in 1987.

Men in Tights was released in 1993.

/and he does need to do a parody of WWZ.



Teamed up with Leslie Nielsen (and Harvey Korman) in "Dracula - Dead and Loving it" - 1995.

Brooks is legendary.
 
2013-01-23 12:34:04 PM
Oh man, him doing a parody of world war z is just brilliance right there.
 
2013-01-23 12:48:03 PM
I saw the musical version of Young Frankenstein a few years ago on Broadway - Brooks wrote the songs, and the audience was rolling. Listening to Megan Mullaly (in the Madeline Kahn role) sing a song about her tits... pure magic.

/They teased the possibility that he would do Blazing Saddles as a musical next
//Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease
///Springtime for slashies...
 
2013-01-23 12:50:07 PM
anyone know where to find HOTW: P1?
 
2013-01-23 01:01:47 PM

olapbill: anyone know where to find HOTW: P1?


Have you tried the internets?
 
2013-01-23 01:04:29 PM
Not so much an interview as a Q&A with advertisement.
 
2013-01-23 01:15:34 PM

OtherLittleGuy: gunga galunga: abhorrent1: Mel Brooks hasn't been funny in 30 25 20years

There....

Spaceballs was released in 1987.

Men in Tights was released in 1993.

/and he does need to do a parody of WWZ.


He recycled way too many jokes from his earlier When Things Were Rotten TV series (as well as other gags of his) for my tastes.

The musical numbers were funnny though.

/"The night is young and you're so beautiful..."
//"...in E Minor"
 
2013-01-23 01:24:50 PM
Could have sworn that sentence was going to end with "Dane Cook".

/ducks

More seriously, I recently rewatched Spaceballs. It wasn't anywhere close to as funny as I remembered. Guess it helps to be 12 when you watch it.
 
2013-01-23 01:30:12 PM

mongbiohazard: Could have sworn that sentence was going to end with "Dane Cook".

/ducks

More seriously, I recently rewatched Spaceballs. It wasn't anywhere close to as funny as I remembered. Guess it helps to be 12 when you watch it.


Spaceballs is kind of dated because of how far graphics and such have come for Sci-Fi movies.

Young Frankenstein, BS, HotWPt:1 and MiT are all dated shows. No matter how much things improve graphically and such, westerns are still westerns. Old B&W movies are still old B&W movies, etc.

/IMHO of course
 
2013-01-23 01:36:06 PM

Welfare Peanut Butter: olapbill: anyone know where to find HOTW: P1?

Have you tried the internets?


How will it fit down the tubes? There's a lot of history there.
 
2013-01-23 01:38:34 PM

JeffKochosky: /They teased the possibility that he would do Blazing Saddles as a musical next

i always thought blazing saddles was the one movie they couldn't make/remake now with the pc culture going on. which i think is a good thing over all.


mainsail: Not so much an interview as a Q&A with advertisement.

and he still made it entertaining.

"If I were you, I'd bargain. It's a little too expensive now. I'd go to a store, like a Barnes & Noble - I would go to the store and say, 'Can you do a little better? ... I mean, it's $89, can you give it to me for $79?' "

 
2013-01-23 01:46:50 PM
Who cares if his output has been less than stellar since the late '80s? Everything prior to that more than compensates for that. He gets a lifetime pass AFAIC.

/Thanks, Mel. Really.
 
2013-01-23 01:49:00 PM

mainsail: Not so much an interview as a Q&A with advertisement.


What do you think an interview is?
 
2013-01-23 02:10:04 PM
DRTFA, but did he mention when the hell he was going to finally come out with "Spaceballs 2: The quest for more money"? Or a follow up to History of the World?

/ What? Part 1 denotes that it's intended as part of a series.
//Yes Yes, that's the joke.
 
2013-01-23 02:10:37 PM

slapmastered: eagles95: Harrumph!

I didn't get a "harrumph" outta that guy...


Give these obvious trolls a HARRUMPH!
 
2013-01-23 02:27:42 PM
His version of "To Be or Not To Be" is just as good as the original. I just don't understand the hate.
 
2013-01-23 03:22:08 PM
I own BS and High Anxiety, which, I think, is really funny.

wow i really butchered that.
what I meant was...

I own BS and High Anxiety. I think High Anxitey is really funny.
also have Sapce Balls
 
2013-01-23 04:00:20 PM
In a recent interview with The Onion's AV Club, Brooks was accepting of the fact his last few films just weren't up to snuff:

***

AVC: Dracula: Dead And Loving It was your last film. What made you decide to stop after this one?

MB:
It's a real world, and I was seeing that at this point, Mel Brooks pictures were not doing as well as, let's say a Judd Apatow picture. I said, "Well, maybe it's time to do something else instead of just making more movies." I thought, and I thought, and I thought, and I said, "I shouldn't make another movie. I should follow a different road and a different vision." And the new yellow brick road took me to Broadway. I was once again Mel Brooks and won more Tonys for The Producers with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick than anybody else had ever won on Broadway. So I was Mel Brooks again. And I was giving the world the best of me. I was giving them the songwriter in me, as well as the comedian, as well as the producer. And I've had great successes on Broadway. I've had The Producers and Young Frankenstein, and I may do a version of Blazing Saddles, a musical-comedy version of it. I've never stopped working.

***

So yeah, give him credit because even he knew he wasn't keeping up with what modern film was doing. So he went a route that he could master and did.

Dude's a genius, but even geniuses can make a misstep or two. I'd say he's doing fine.
 
2013-01-23 04:03:06 PM

Freschel: His version of "To Be or Not To Be" is just as good as the original. I just don't understand the hate.


I'd go so far as to say it has a slight edge to the original if only for that one scene where they are sneaking the Jewish refugees out of the theater dressed as clowns, and that one woman sees the theater full of Nazis, and starts sobbing.
 
2013-01-23 04:46:05 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: mongbiohazard: Could have sworn that sentence was going to end with "Dane Cook".

/ducks

More seriously, I recently rewatched Spaceballs. It wasn't anywhere close to as funny as I remembered. Guess it helps to be 12 when you watch it.

Spaceballs is kind of dated because of how far graphics and such have come for Sci-Fi movies.

Young Frankenstein, BS, HotWPt:1 and MiT are all dated shows. No matter how much things improve graphically and such, westerns are still westerns. Old B&W movies are still old B&W movies, etc.

/IMHO of course



Well certainly, that's true for any movie from the past. But production values don't really play into it for me though - I watch Dr. Who! If you can watch and enjoy British scifi then production values aren't going to be the highest thing on your list. Even now, with the better effects the BBC has been using in recent years it still looks pretty cheesy pretty often.

I just thought the jokes in Spaceballs were lame. My favorite bit (now) has to be the bit that Mel Brooks was in with the merchandising jokes... other then that I found the humor to be very "meh" at best for the most part. 12 year old me loved it though.
 
2013-01-23 04:48:40 PM
It's good to be the king
 
2013-01-23 04:49:13 PM
With eighty-six years you reach, done as good you will not.
 
2013-01-23 05:07:51 PM

JeffKochosky: I saw the musical version of Young Frankenstein a few years ago on Broadway - Brooks wrote the songs, and the audience was rolling. Listening to Megan Mullaly (in the Madeline Kahn role) sing a song about her tits... pure magic.

/They teased the possibility that he would do Blazing Saddles as a musical next
//Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease
///Springtime for slashies...


Considering how poorly Young Frankenstein did as a musical I would not hold you breath. I think you have seen the last of his stage productions.
 
2013-01-23 05:10:30 PM

mainsail: Not so much an interview as a Q&A with advertisement.


Questions AND answers? In an INTERVIEW?
 
2013-01-23 06:21:31 PM

SuperChuck: It's good to be the king


Surprised that took so long.
 
2013-01-23 07:03:23 PM

Lord Dimwit: abhorrent1: Mel Brooks hasn't been funny in 30 years

Ya know what? Even if he hasn't been funny in decades, he made up for it with Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, History of the World Part I, and...well...yeah. He's awesome.


Hell, just the "Roman Unemployment" skit in that movie makes up for a lot....

/ chuckled at "Hitler on Ice" as well...
 
2013-01-23 09:15:10 PM

Rose McGowan Loveslave: I own BS and High Anxiety, which, I think, is really funny.

wow i really butchered that.
what I meant was...

I own BS and High Anxiety. I think High Anxitey is really funny.
also have Sapce Balls


Wife-like typing detected.
 
2013-01-23 09:45:51 PM

Farnn: SuperChuck: It's good to be the king

Surprised that took so long.


It's only the piss boy.
 
2013-01-23 10:02:17 PM

JeffKochosky: I saw the musical version of Young Frankenstein a few years ago on Broadway - Brooks wrote the songs, and the audience was rolling. Listening to Megan Mullaly (in the Madeline Kahn role) sing a song about her tits... pure magic.

/They teased the possibility that he would do Blazing Saddles as a musical next
//Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease
///Springtime for slashies...


I saw this with Mullaly as well... hilarious!
 
2013-01-23 10:14:43 PM

abhorrent1: Mel Brooks hasn't been funny in 30 years


i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-23 11:47:49 PM

JeffKochosky: I saw the musical version of Young Frankenstein a few years ago on Broadway - Brooks wrote the songs, and the audience was rolling. Listening to Megan Mullaly (in the Madeline Kahn role) sing a song about her tits... pure magic.

/They teased the possibility that he would do Blazing Saddles as a musical next
//Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease
///Springtime for slashies...


I saw the stage version too. Brilliant. Igor stole the show.
 
2013-01-23 11:59:20 PM

T.M.S.: JeffKochosky: I saw the musical version of Young Frankenstein a few years ago on Broadway - Brooks wrote the songs, and the audience was rolling. Listening to Megan Mullaly (in the Madeline Kahn role) sing a song about her tits... pure magic.

/They teased the possibility that he would do Blazing Saddles as a musical next
//Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease
///Springtime for slashies...

Considering how poorly Young Frankenstein did as a musical I would not hold you breath. I think you have seen the last of his stage productions.


I liked it.....
 
2013-01-24 12:15:48 AM

saturn badger: T.M.S.: JeffKochosky: I saw the musical version of Young Frankenstein a few years ago on Broadway - Brooks wrote the songs, and the audience was rolling. Listening to Megan Mullaly (in the Madeline Kahn role) sing a song about her tits... pure magic.

/They teased the possibility that he would do Blazing Saddles as a musical next
//Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease
///Springtime for slashies...

Considering how poorly Young Frankenstein did as a musical I would not hold you breath. I think you have seen the last of his stage productions.

I liked it.....


That's cool you got to see it. Unfortunately very few other people liked it so it closed in a rather public fashion.
 
2013-01-24 01:03:38 AM

T.M.S.: That's cool you got to see it. Unfortunately very few other people liked it so it closed in a rather public fashion.


Then I consider myself fortunate. I wonder why it was so unloved. It was a well done show. How did it close in a rather public fashion? I never heard about that. It just passed through town here and that was that.
 
2013-01-24 03:45:33 AM

movieman_1979: slapmastered: eagles95: Harrumph!

I didn't get a "harrumph" outta that guy...

Give these obvious trolls a HARRUMPH!


i759.photobucket.com

"Harrumph!"
 
2013-01-26 10:13:05 AM

not5am: JeffKochosky: /They teased the possibility that he would do Blazing Saddles as a musical next

i always thought blazing saddles was the one movie they couldn't make/remake now with the pc culture going on. which i think is a good thing over all.

Mel could make anything entertaining.
mainsail: Not so much an interview as a Q&A with advertisement.

and he still made it entertaining.

"If I were you, I'd bargain. It's a little too expensive now. I'd go to a store, like a Barnes & Noble - I would go to the store and say, 'Can you do a little better? ... I mean, it's $89, can you give it to me for $79?' "

 
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