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2013-01-23 11:48:13 AM  
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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 06:21:31 PM  
1 vote:

SuperChuck: It's good to be the king

Surprised that took so long.
2013-01-23 04:48:40 PM  
1 vote:
It's good to be the king
2013-01-23 04:00:20 PM  
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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?

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 12:48:03 PM  
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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
///Springtime for slashies...
2013-01-23 12:33:36 PM  
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OtherLittleGuy: gunga galunga: abhorrent1: Mel Brooks hasn't been funny in 30 25 20years


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 12:28:23 PM  
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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 12:00:16 PM  
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2013-01-23 11:51:10 AM  
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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 11:39:42 AM  
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abhorrent1: Mel Brooks hasn't been funny in 30 25 years


Spaceballs was released in 1987.
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