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(YouTube)   Mel Brooks is 94 years old. When? Now. Where? Presumably at his home. Why? Because he was born 94 years ago. What? Today's his birthday. WHOOOOOO?   (youtube.com) divider line
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2020-06-28 8:01:47 AM  
May the Schwartz be with him.
 
2020-06-28 8:16:32 AM  
Happy birthday, funny man!

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2020-06-28 8:44:53 AM  
I think you mean 2,094 years old, Subby.
 
2020-06-28 8:56:41 AM  
He didn't get a haruumph outta that one guy.
 
2020-06-28 9:28:25 AM  
its good to be the king
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2020-06-28 9:48:17 AM  
His secret is nose candy.
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2020-06-28 10:17:15 AM  
You said 94 years old twice.
 
2020-06-28 10:18:50 AM  
Happy birthday, funny old guy.

/blucher!
 
2020-06-28 10:22:59 AM  
I hate most of these are Spaceballs references!

I promise you, his movies BEFORE Spaceballs are better than his movies AFTER
 
2020-06-28 10:24:49 AM  

buntz: I hate most of these are Spaceballs references!

I promise you, his movies BEFORE Spaceballs are better than his movies AFTER


Yeah.  I think Spaceballs might be his last watchable movie but if Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein are home runs, Spaceballs is a single or maybe a ground rule double at best.
 
2020-06-28 10:25:56 AM  

buntz: I hate most of these are Spaceballs references!

I promise you, his movies BEFORE Spaceballs are better than his movies AFTER


You sound like the common clay of the new west...
 
2020-06-28 10:28:07 AM  

buntz: I hate most of these are Spaceballs references!

I promise you, his movies BEFORE Spaceballs are better than his movies AFTER


You're going to need a miracle to get me to believe that.

/just kidding.
//I've been smoking the Roman Red.
///Ya ever notice that Mel looks like the piss boy?
 
2020-06-28 10:35:45 AM  

buntz: I hate most of these are Spaceballs references!

I promise you, his movies BEFORE Spaceballs are better than his movies AFTER


The younger people are still all in with the Star Wars universe and not as well connected to the other genres Brooks parodied.
 
2020-06-28 10:42:03 AM  

12349876: buntz: I hate most of these are Spaceballs references!

I promise you, his movies BEFORE Spaceballs are better than his movies AFTER

The younger people are still all in with the Star Wars universe and not as well connected to the other genres Brooks parodied.


I remember when Spaceballs came out critics were wondering why he bothered doing a parody of a dead franchise.
 
2020-06-28 10:42:21 AM  

buntz: I hate most of these are Spaceballs references!

I promise you, his movies BEFORE Spaceballs are better than his movies AFTER


I dunno, I would take Spaceballs over History of the World, High Anxiety, or Silent Movie any day of the week. Same goes for Robin Hood: Men In Tights.
 
2020-06-28 10:49:57 AM  

kryptoknightmare: buntz: I hate most of these are Spaceballs references!

I promise you, his movies BEFORE Spaceballs are better than his movies AFTER

I dunno, I would take Spaceballs over History of the World, High Anxiety, or Silent Movie any day of the week. Same goes for Robin Hood: Men In Tights.


I notice you didn't put Blazing Saddles or Young FrankenSHTEEN on that list :).
 
2020-06-28 10:54:47 AM  
Brooks is an American treasure. Also, I saw a local theater production of the stage version of Young Frankenstein last fall and it killed.

In the closing song, they tease the possibility of a Blazing Saddles adaptation, and I weep for what could have been...
 
2020-06-28 10:58:39 AM  

kryptoknightmare: buntz: I hate most of these are Spaceballs references!

I promise you, his movies BEFORE Spaceballs are better than his movies AFTER

I dunno, I would take Spaceballs over History of the World, High Anxiety, or Silent Movie any day of the week. Same goes for Robin Hood: Men In Tights.


For all the love that Men in Tights gets, I absolutely HATED that movie!  I refuse to watch it.  Thankfully, his last word in the director's chair was Dracula:  Dead and Loving It.  When folks wanna talk about Twilight, I can point to that film and say that Leslie Nielsen played a more faithfully convincing vampire.

/FUSHTA!!!
 
2020-06-28 11:03:10 AM  

bluorangefyre: For all the love that Men in Tights gets, I absolutely HATED that movie!


Me too.  The only thing that saved it from completely bombing, IMO, was this song:

Men in Tights Song and Dance
Youtube oNwRa_A7VDc
 
2020-06-28 11:03:23 AM  

kryptoknightmare: buntz: I hate most of these are Spaceballs references!

I promise you, his movies BEFORE Spaceballs are better than his movies AFTER

I dunno, I would take Spaceballs over History of the World, High Anxiety, or Silent Movie any day of the week. Same goes for Robin Hood: Men In Tights.


Spaceballs is ok....
But over High Anxiety??  You're crazy!

I'll give you History of the World hasn't aged well.  And Silent Movie is an acquired taste.
 
2020-06-28 11:11:38 AM  

bluorangefyre: For all the love that Men in Tights gets, I absolutely HATED that movie!  I refuse to watch it.


Does it get love?  It's hot garbage.
I use this example from Men in Tights when describing how Mel Brooks "lost it":

The characters name is Blinkin.
He walks into the scene and Dave Chappelle says "Hey, Blinkin!"
The blind guy says "Abe Lincoln??"

Boom.  That's the joke.  That's where it should end.  But then Brooks EXPLAINS the joke:

Chappelle says "No!  Not Abe Lincoln!  I said Hey Blinkin!!!"

Went from a funny(ish) joke to not funny.

Same thing happened with Naked Gun. First is fantastic because crazy things happen but no one acknowledges the craziness.

But in the sequels something crazy would happen and Leslie Nielsen would look around, at the camera, with a confused "did that just happen??" expression!
 
2020-06-28 11:27:32 AM  

buntz: I hate most of these are Spaceballs references!

I promise you, his movies BEFORE Spaceballs are better than his movies AFTER


Oh yeah? How's your English accent?
 
2020-06-28 11:27:53 AM  
I'm still waiting for History of the World: Part 2.

Damn-it.
 
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2020-06-28 11:33:30 AM  
He doesn't look a day over 2,000
 
2020-06-28 11:40:49 AM  
I think a lot of people like Spaceballs because that was the Mel Brooks movie they watched it at magical age. Kind of like people who connect with Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles that was there movie. I didn't see Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles Until the Last 5 Years. I saw Spaceballs in the 80s cuz that's when I was growing up. Although I will say this is only post good movie after Spaceballs is Life Stinks and I'm probably in the minority with that but it has some charm with it. Everything else not so good.
 
2020-06-28 11:44:55 AM  

Closed_Minded_Bastage: I'm still waiting for History of the World: Part 2.

Damn-it.


I am waiting for the sequel to Spaceballs. Yogurt said that there would be a sequel.
 
2020-06-28 11:46:06 AM  
Only 1,906 years to go
 
2020-06-28 11:56:12 AM  
Blazing Saddles is a comedy masterpiece. If he did it today he would have been tarred and feathered. Is saying 'tarred' in this context is also offending to someone ?
 
2020-06-28 11:56:53 AM  
My grandmother just turned 94... officially. In reality she's 92. Due to an error when their parents finally decided to inscribe their births, grandma switched birth years with her older sister.

Back in the olden days, kiddos, not all hospitals would do your birf certificate. And you wouldn't just go to the registrar as soon as the kid was born. Best to wait until they actually survived a couple of years so as not to waste time doing that paper work if the child was just gonna die from measles or the evil eye. Or you could wait till you had 2-3 Irish twins or triplets and do all those certificates in one sitting.

Grandma figured out the error as an adult and offered to fix it. But her older sister did not want to tell her husband how old she really was. So they left it alone.
 
2020-06-28 12:15:47 PM  
I legitimately learned some of my first history lessons from History of the World Part I. Unfortunately, it was edited for TV, so I was really confused by some of it.

I love you, Mel Brooks. I'm sorry you outlived your gorgeous and talented wife, and I'm so happy the two of you gave us Max Brooks to keep on entertaining us with things like Zombie Survival Guideand World War Z. Just . . . thank you.

MEL BROOKS - A MUSICAL TRIBUTE (ALL IN ONE VIDEO)
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2020-06-28 12:25:31 PM  
Let's also not forget that he and his son, World War Z author Max Brooks, recently did this great PSA about the virus:

Max Brooks - A message from me and my dad, @Melbrooks #coronavirus #DontBeASpreader
Youtube _40yPXcMaOw
 
2020-06-28 12:31:34 PM  
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2020-06-28 12:33:16 PM  
He's outlived the entire Blazing Saddles cast - Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Alex Karras, Slim Pickens, John Hillerman, David Huddleston, Dom DeLuise...
 
2020-06-28 12:33:18 PM  
History of the World is WAY better than Spaceballs. Y'all be trippin
 
2020-06-28 12:33:48 PM  
History of the World >>> Men in Tights

/far more memorable lines and bits in History
//Men did have a young Dave Chappelle, kinda sorta playing a minstrel
///send in the nuns!
 
2020-06-28 12:38:37 PM  
....Many, many more happy years to him.  'National Treasure' applies.
 
2020-06-28 12:40:11 PM  

thesharkman: I think a lot of people like Spaceballs because that was the Mel Brooks movie they watched it at magical age. Kind of like people who connect with Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles that was there movie. I didn't see Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles Until the Last 5 Years. I saw Spaceballs in the 80s cuz that's when I was growing up. Although I will say this is only post good movie after Spaceballs is Life Stinks and I'm probably in the minority with that but it has some charm with it. Everything else not so good.


I saw Spaceballs as a kid and a SW fan and it wasn't funny. Not because it made fun of SW, I was looking forward to that, it just wasn't Airplane! level parody humor.  Better than Dracula though.
 
2020-06-28 12:45:53 PM  

thesharkman: I think a lot of people like Spaceballs because that was the Mel Brooks movie they watched it at magical age. Kind of like people who connect with Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles that was there movie. I didn't see Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles Until the Last 5 Years. I saw Spaceballs in the 80s cuz that's when I was growing up. Although I will say this is only post good movie after Spaceballs is Life Stinks and I'm probably in the minority with that but it has some charm with it. Everything else not so good.


That was the last great 1970s style Mel Brooks film, better than High Anxiety.  It was a comedy with a not so subtle social message that doesn't get much attention.

/haven't made it past this post in the thread, but remember, The Elephant Man was a Mel Brooks production
//I've never watched it, though
 
2020-06-28 12:52:12 PM  

thesharkman: Life Stinks and I'm probably in the minority with that but it has some charm with it. Everything else not so good.


I WILL agree it has charm (though it's not good)and I will watch Leslie Anne Warren read the phone book.

Also, I have a soft spot for To Be or Not To Be.  But I don't consider those movies Mel Brooks movies.  At least they're not parodies, so....
 
2020-06-28 12:54:09 PM  

peachpicker: He's outlived the entire Blazing Saddles cast - Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Alex Karras, Slim Pickens, John Hillerman, David Huddleston, Dom DeLuise...


Wow.  That's impressive - and a little sad (that so many people from that movie are no longer with us.)
 
2020-06-28 12:57:31 PM  
I'm not a big Spaceballs fan, but it gets a pass for including this scene.

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2020-06-28 12:58:17 PM  
I liked that Mel Brooks was an experimenter. He was a creator/narrator for a short called "The Critic" and it is pretty funny.

The film was reportedly inspired by an actual incident. In Spring, 1962 Mel Brooks attended a movie theater, which among other films screened an animated short by Norman McLaren. It featured surrealistic, abstract imagery. During the screening of this short, Brooks listened to another audience member "mumbling to himself". He was an old immigrant man who was voicing his disappointment at the lack of a plot. Brooks was inspired to make a film out of this experience. Brooks contacted Ernest Pintoff, who had experience producing animated works such as Flebus. They agreed to create a short film, and Brooks had two requests for his new partner. The visuals of the film had to be fashioned in a style similar to that of McLaren, and Brooks himself would have no specific warning of the content. He intended to improvise his monologue.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PramR​5​oxn50
 
2020-06-28 1:06:47 PM  

Snapper Carr: buntz: I hate most of these are Spaceballs references!

I promise you, his movies BEFORE Spaceballs are better than his movies AFTER

Yeah.  I think Spaceballs might be his last watchable movie but if Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein are home runs, Spaceballs is a single or maybe a ground rule double at best.


Don't forget The Producers!
 
2020-06-28 1:15:09 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: His secret is nose candy.
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You misspelled Anne Bancroft.
 
2020-06-28 1:52:51 PM  

Mugato: thesharkman: I think a lot of people like Spaceballs because that was the Mel Brooks movie they watched it at magical age. Kind of like people who connect with Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles that was there movie. I didn't see Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles Until the Last 5 Years. I saw Spaceballs in the 80s cuz that's when I was growing up. Although I will say this is only post good movie after Spaceballs is Life Stinks and I'm probably in the minority with that but it has some charm with it. Everything else not so good.

I saw Spaceballs as a kid and a SW fan and it wasn't funny. Not because it made fun of SW, I was looking forward to that, it just wasn't Airplane! level parody humor.  Better than Dracula though.


Also better than every official Star Wars movie that followed it.
 
2020-06-28 2:16:51 PM  

browneye: peachpicker: He's outlived the entire Blazing Saddles cast - Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Alex Karras, Slim Pickens, John Hillerman, David Huddleston, Dom DeLuise...

Wow.  That's impressive - and a little sad (that so many people from that movie are no longer with us.)


Mel is just taking his time joining Anne Bancroft in the Great Beyond, where the already-deceased cast of Blazing Saddles is waiting for him to get there to write the sequel (and expecting him to write a part for Anne Bancroft wherein she gets to say whatever the heck she wants to say about this Jewish goof who thought he was good enough for her).
 
2020-06-28 2:18:32 PM  
Mel Brooks Had A Very Musical World War II - CONAN on TBS
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2020-06-28 2:27:01 PM  

ClavellBCMI: browneye: peachpicker: He's outlived the entire Blazing Saddles cast - Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Alex Karras, Slim Pickens, John Hillerman, David Huddleston, Dom DeLuise...

Wow.  That's impressive - and a little sad (that so many people from that movie are no longer with us.)

Mel is just taking his time joining Anne Bancroft in the Great Beyond, where the already-deceased cast of Blazing Saddles is waiting for him to get there to write the sequel (and expecting him to write a part for Anne Bancroft wherein she gets to say whatever the heck she wants to say about this Jewish goof who thought he was good enough for her).


Anne Bancroft will always be Mel Brooks' greatest achievement.
 
2020-06-28 2:29:00 PM  

Johnny the Tackling Alzheimers Patient: Anne Bancroft will always be Mel Brooks' greatest achievement.


Well, that and The Elephant Man
 
2020-06-28 2:33:21 PM  
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