History Creator / MelBrooks

23rd Apr '17 12:29:36 PM snichols1973
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* ''Film/LifeStinks'' (1991)

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* ''Film/LifeStinks'' ''Life Stinks'' (1991)
19th Apr '17 12:37:33 PM kquinn0830
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* AdolfHitlarious: A life goal of Mel Brooks is reducing Hitler to a punchline.

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* AdolfHitlarious: A life goal of Mel Brooks is reducing Hitler to a punchline. So far it's working.
3rd Apr '17 12:03:05 AM NWolfman
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* RefugeInAudacity: A master of [[CrossesTheLineTwice politically incorrect]][[note]]Read: politically incorrect. ''Not'' [[DudeNotFunny offensive.]][[/note]] comedy, his personal philosophy with "bluer" jokes is that they're only funny if you go hard or go home with them. In his words, "If you're going to go up to the bell, ring it!"
2nd Apr '17 8:15:17 PM NWolfman
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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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Mel Brooks (born Melvin James "Mel" Brooks (born Kaminsky June 28, 1926) is probably one of the funniest men in Hollywood, and Broadway, and life in general.



His record as writer, producer and comedian has resulted in him being one of the fourteen people to 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)]], 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 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)]], as well as receiving a lifetime achievement award from the AFI.
AFI. Brooks himself jokes that the only award he ''hasn't' won is "Woman Of The Year."



* AssociatedComposer: John Morris composed and conducted the scores to all of his movies up to ''Life Stinks''.



* NWordPrivileges: Jokes about Jews and the Nazis that would probably be offensive coming from non-Jews are common in his work. On the other hand, there's ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', in which he ''deliberately'' overused the N-word (which was always either used in a friendly manner by black characters or in a racist manner by stupid, racist white characters) so much in an attempt to make it less offensive. (Note that while a lot of people assume Creator/RichardPryor wrote those parts of the film, Brooks himself claims he wrote most of them).

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* NWordPrivileges: Jokes about Jews and the Nazis that would probably be offensive coming from non-Jews are common in his work. On the other hand, there's ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', in which he ''deliberately'' overused the N-word (which was always either used in a friendly manner by black characters or in a racist manner by stupid, racist white characters) so much in an attempt to make it less offensive. (Note that while a lot of people assume Creator/RichardPryor wrote those parts of the film, Brooks himself claims he wrote most of them).them. Pryor wrote most of the Mongo scenes).



* ProductionPosse: [[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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* ProductionPosse: [[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. Composer John Morris scored all of his movies except his [[Film/RobinHoodMenInTights last]] [[DraculaDeadAndLovingIt two]].
2nd Apr '17 2:49:00 PM NWolfman
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* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Expect everything he writes to be peppered with Yiddishisms for comedy, especially if the speaker isn't Jewish. The man himself has a monologue of it in ''Film/BlazingSaddles''.
2nd Apr '17 2:46:12 PM NWolfman
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* NeverLearnedToRead: Despite being an accomplished and prolific songwriter, he is completely musically illiterate and his own experience with musical instruments was as a drummer. He hums all of his music into a tape recorder and then has an arranger transcribe it. Quite impressive, considering he'd later win a "Best Original Score" Tony for ''Theatre/TheProducers''.
7th Mar '17 9:29:56 PM mlsmithca
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Co-creator of the ''Film/JamesBond'' parody series ''Series/GetSmart'' (with Buck Henry), and producer and director of many fine films -- most of them [[Main/AffectionateParody affectionate parodies]] -- such as ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'', ''Film/TheProducers'', ''Literature/TheTwelveChairs'', ''Film/SilentMovie'', ''Film/HighAnxiety'', ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI'', ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe'', ''{{Film/Spaceballs}}'', ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt'', and ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''.

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Co-creator of the ''Film/JamesBond'' parody series ''Series/GetSmart'' (with Buck Henry), and producer and director of many fine films -- most of them [[Main/AffectionateParody [[AffectionateParody affectionate parodies]] -- such as ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'', ''Film/TheProducers'', ''Literature/TheTwelveChairs'', ''Film/SilentMovie'', ''Film/HighAnxiety'', ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI'', ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe'', ''{{Film/Spaceballs}}'', ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt'', and ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''.



And lastly, he is a [[RetiredBadass retired badass]] World War II vet who used to defuse Nazi landmines for the Allied Forces. Then at the Battle of the Bulge, when the Nazis set up loud speakers to play Fascist Propaganda at the Allies, Brooks set up his own loud speakers and played the works of Jewish musical artist Al Jolson right back at them. He was making fun of Nazis back when they were still relevant [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ...and lived.]] [[SoCoolItsAwesome It's good to be the king, indeed.]]

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And lastly, he is a [[RetiredBadass retired badass]] RetiredBadass World War II vet who used to defuse Nazi landmines for the Allied Forces. Then at the Battle of the Bulge, when the Nazis set up loud speakers to play Fascist Propaganda at the Allies, Brooks set up his own loud speakers and played the works of Jewish musical artist Al Jolson right back at them. He was making fun of Nazis back when they were still relevant [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ...relevant ...and lived.]] [[SoCoolItsAwesome It's good to be the king, indeed.]]
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.
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