History Creator / MelBrooks

28th Dec '16 8:52:01 AM themisterfree
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* EveryoneHasStandards: As he's recounted several times, he was once a guest on a [[CelebrityEdition celebrity week]] of the game show ''Series/EyeGuess'' in 1966. As the taping wrapping up, he walked over to host Creator/BillCullen, only to notice that Cullen was walking weirdly. Thinking it was a joke, Mel started imitating how Bill was walking, When they reached each other for a hug, Cullen told him "You know, you're the only comic who's ever had the nerve to make fun of my crippled walk. Everyone's so careful, it makes me feel even worse." Mel hadn't known that thanks to a combo of polio and a motorcycle accident, Bill always walked that way ([[IgnoreTheDisability and the shows he hosted took measure to make sure it wasn't noticeable]])- so Mel promptly felt horrible about it. As it turned out, Bill liked it- up until then, he felt that others were being too pitying of him.
26th Sep '16 3:19:17 PM HawkbitAlpha
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Notably, ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', ''Film/TheProducers'' and ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' occupy spots 6, 11 and 13 on the AFI's list of the 100 best comedies of the last 100 years. Did we mention that he's ''really'' funny?

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Notably, ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', ''Film/TheProducers'' and ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' occupy spots 6, 11 and 13 on the AFI's list of the 100 best comedies of the last 100 years. [[SoGoodWeMentionedItTwice Did we mention mention]] that he's ''really'' funny?
2nd Sep '16 7:50:55 PM KingLyger
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* BlackComedy: is films have made jokes of things like war, execution, terrible history, and even Hitler.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Frequently. ''Blazing Saddles'' spends its entire final act with the fourth wall broken, as the charactesr break out of their own movie to trash a sound stage and movie theater.

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* BlackComedy: is His films have made jokes of things like war, execution, terrible history, and even Hitler.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Frequently. ''Blazing Saddles'' spends its entire final act with the fourth wall broken, as the charactesr characters break out of their own movie to trash a sound stage and movie theater.
2nd Sep '16 7:48:44 PM KingLyger
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* ActorAllusion: Several of his movies make references to Mel, both as the actor and the director. Most notably, Adolf Hitler in ''To Be Or Not To Be'' is introduced in Bronski's play by saying [[Film/TheProducers "Heil Myself!".]]

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* ActorAllusion: Several [[invoked]]Several of his movies make references to Mel, both as the actor and the director. Most notably, Adolf Hitler in ''To Be Or Not To Be'' is introduced in Bronski's play by saying [[Film/TheProducers "Heil Myself!".]]



* AdolfHitlarious
* AffectionateParody
* AnachronismStew
* ArchEnemy: Hitler. Brooks' drive in life is to mock Hitler and the Nazis so much that their ideas can't be taken seriously ever again. It's fair to say it's working.

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* AdolfHitlarious
AdolfHitlarious: A life goal of Mel Brooks is reducing Hitler to a punchline.
* AffectionateParody
AffectionateParody: A consummate master of this. He once stated that making fun of a bad movie is easy, but making fun of a ''good'' movie is a challenge.
* AnachronismStew
AnachronismStew: He had a tendency to blend the time frame of his works. ''Blazing Saddles'' is supposed to be a parody of Westerns, but it ends up the characters running around a movie studio.
* ArchEnemy: Adolf Hitler. Brooks' drive in life is to mock Hitler and the Nazis so much that their ideas can't be taken seriously ever again. It's fair to say it's working.



* BlackComedy
* BreakingTheFourthWall
* CastingGag: Famous mime [[EveryoneHatesMimes Marcel Marceau]] in ''Film/SilentMovie'' is ironically the only character to ever speak a word.
* CreatorCameo: Brooks has a cameo in most of his movies.
* DoubleEntendre
* DumbBlonde

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* BlackComedy
BlackComedy: is films have made jokes of things like war, execution, terrible history, and even Hitler.
* BreakingTheFourthWall
BreakingTheFourthWall: Frequently. ''Blazing Saddles'' spends its entire final act with the fourth wall broken, as the charactesr break out of their own movie to trash a sound stage and movie theater.
* CastingGag: Famous [[invoked]]Famous mime [[EveryoneHatesMimes Marcel Marceau]] in ''Film/SilentMovie'' is ironically the only character to ever speak a word.
* CreatorCameo: Brooks has at least a cameo in most of his movies.
movies, but will sometimes a bigger part. He played the racist governor in ''Blazing Saddles'', and in ''History of the World: Part I,'' he played a leading role in a few of the sketches.
* DoubleEntendre
DoubleEntendre: Whether it's through {{Punny Name}}s or incredibly suggestive dialogue, expect a little raunch thrown in.
* DumbBlondeDumbBlonde: Chances are, if there's a love interest for the male lead in his movies, she'll be blonde, and a complete moron.



* FunnyBackgroundEvent
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadarGettingCrapPastTheRadar: Granted, there's quite a bit that's clearly meant for adults, but a lot of the really suggestive stuff still gets left in from time to time if it slips by the censors.



* HurricaneOfEuphemisms
* IncrediblyLamePun

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* HurricaneOfEuphemisms
HurricaneOfEuphemisms: If Mel Brooks can find a way to make a VisualPun, rest assured, he'll do it. And the characters in his works will most certainly point it out.
* IncrediblyLamePunIncrediblyLamePun: Not that the characters in his movies think very much of them, but that's never stopped him.



* OverusedRunningGag
* ProductionPosse: A vast majority of his movies had starred not only Mel himself, but Madeline Khan, Creator/GeneWilder (who came up for the original idea of ''Film/YoungFrankenstein''), Harvey Korman, and Creator/DomDeLuise.
* RealPersonCameo
* ReferenceOverdosed
* RuleOfThree

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* OverusedRunningGag
OverusedRunningGag: Very often. The pronunciation of "Hedley Lamarr" from ''Blazing Saddles'' and Frau Blucher's name accompanied by a horse's whinny in ''Young Frankenstein'' come to mind.
* ProductionPosse: A [[invoked]]A vast majority of his movies had starred not only Mel himself, but Madeline Khan, Creator/GeneWilder (who came up for the original idea of ''Film/YoungFrankenstein''), Harvey Korman, and Creator/DomDeLuise.
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* ReferenceOverdosed
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ReferenceOverdosed: Part of his style in parodying a movie or genre is referencing lots of other works in the same genre. ''Blazing Saddles'' parodied a lot of conventions of the Western genre, while ''Robin Hood: Men in Tights'' references a lot of other Robin Hood movies.
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* {{Slapstick}}
* SoulBrotha

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* {{Slapstick}}
{{Slapstick}}: Expect the characters in his works to take all kinds of comical physical abuse, all of it played for laughs.
* SoulBrothaSoulBrotha: African-American characters tended to have at least a little bit of this in his comedies.



* ThoseWackyNazis
* UnexplainedAccent

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* ThoseWackyNazis
ThoseWackyNazis: He made it a point to make them as "wacky" as humanly possible. Brooks has stated that it was a lifetime goal to reduce Adolf Hitler, in particular, to nothing but a punchline.
* UnexplainedAccentUnexplainedAccent: Most of the characters in his movies don't even bother with putting on accurate accents. It makes the few characters that do speak that way stand out far more.
7th Aug '16 7:27:28 PM Quanyails
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If you haven't seen one of his films then you need to fix that. Now.
7th Aug '16 6:51:55 PM Quanyails
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12th Jul '16 10:32:14 AM BlackSunNocturne
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* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: A variation. Mel Brooks was the executive producer of ''Film/TheElephantMan'' and deliberately kept his name off the film, for fear people would expect it to be a comedy. He did the same with ''Film/TheFly1986''. However, in the latter case when it failed, he attended the premiere and handed out toy antennae.
8th Jul '16 9:19:48 AM Premonition45
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His record as writer, producer and comedian has resulted in him being one of the fourteen people to have won an EGOT (An Emmy (4 of them), a Grammy (3 of them), an Oscar, and a Tony (3 of them)), the top awards of television, music, film, and theater, respectively), as well as receiving a lifetime achievement award from the AFI.

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His record as writer, producer and comedian has resulted in him being one of the fourteen people to have won be an [[TheEGOTs EGOT (An Emmy (4 of them), a Grammy (3 of them), an Oscar, and a Tony (3 of them)), the top awards of television, music, film, and theater, respectively), respectively)]], as well as receiving a lifetime achievement award from the AFI.
15th Apr '16 6:07:13 AM Bissek
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His record as writer, producer and comedian has resulted in him being one of the fourteen people to have won an EGOT (An Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, the top awards of television, music, film, and theater, respectively), as well as receiving a lifetime achievement award from the AFI.

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His record as writer, producer and comedian has resulted in him being one of the fourteen people to have won an EGOT (An Emmy, Emmy (4 of them), a Grammy, Grammy (3 of them), an Oscar, and a Tony, Tony (3 of them)), the top awards of television, music, film, and theater, respectively), as well as receiving a lifetime achievement award from the AFI.
8th Mar '16 9:37:48 AM Mdumas43073
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Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is probably one of the funniest men in Hollywood, and Broadway, and life in general.

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Mel Melvin James "Mel" Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is probably one of the funniest men in Hollywood, and Broadway, and life in general.
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