History Creator / MelBrooks

11th Jun '17 4:34:59 AM mitcher
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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. Brooks himself jokes that the only award he ''hasn't'' won is "Woman Of The Year."

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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, as well as a fellowship from the BAFTA. Brooks himself jokes that the only award he ''hasn't'' won is "Woman Of The Year."
2nd Jun '17 9:29:10 PM NWolfman
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** While widely regarded as a legend in making comedy about things that people don't normally like to talk about, Brooks has made it clear that there ''are'' lines he is not willing to cross. He'll make fun of Hiter and the absurdity of fascism until the cows come home, but stops short of concentration camps and genocide because there's nothing funny about them at all. In ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', he deliberately put in a scene of Bart escaping the gallows because there was no humor to be derived from a black man being hung, especially not in a movie written by a white filmmaker.

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** While widely regarded as a legend in [[CrossesTheLineTwice making comedy about things that people don't normally like to talk about, about]] (and a frequent example used, unfortunately, by [[MisaimedFandom people trying to pass off racist jokes as satire]]), Brooks has made it clear that there ''are'' lines he is not willing to cross. He'll make fun of Hiter and the absurdity of fascism until the cows come home, but stops short of concentration camps and genocide because [[DudeNotFunny there's nothing funny about them at all. all]]. In ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', he deliberately put in a scene of Bart escaping the gallows because there was no humor to be derived from a black man being hung, especially not in a movie written by a [[NWordPrivileges white filmmaker.filmmaker]].
2nd Jun '17 9:26:03 PM NWolfman
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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.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: EveryoneHasStandards
** While widely regarded as a legend in making comedy about things that people don't normally like to talk about, Brooks has made it clear that there ''are'' lines he is not willing to cross. He'll make fun of Hiter and the absurdity of fascism until the cows come home, but stops short of concentration camps and genocide because there's nothing funny about them at all. In ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', he deliberately put in a scene of Bart escaping the gallows because there was no humor to be derived from a black man being hung, especially not in a movie written by a white filmmaker.
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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.



* 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. Pryor wrote most of the Mongo scenes).

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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.work (he claims that the one line he won't cross is depicting concentration camps). 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. Pryor wrote most of the Mongo scenes).
27th May '17 10:49:24 PM NWolfman
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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. Brooks himself jokes that the only award he ''hasn't' won is "Woman Of The Year."

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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. Brooks himself jokes that the only award he ''hasn't' ''hasn't'' won is "Woman Of The Year."
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''.
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