History Creator / MelBrooks

25th Nov '17 12:11:54 PM smasll_lordvoice
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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, though he absolutrly draws the line at actual holocaust jokes. ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', meanwhile, ''deliberately'' overused the N-word and made all of the white characters who say it complete morons 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, though he absolutrly absolutely draws the line at actual holocaust jokes. ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', meanwhile, ''deliberately'' overused the N-word and made all of the white characters who say it complete morons 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.)) Note that Brooks definitely has a lot more clout to make fun of the Nazis than most people, given that he actually ''[[RetiredBadass fought]]'' the Nazis back when they were still very much a threat.
25th Nov '17 12:09:21 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* HappilyMarried: To [[UglyGuyHotWife Anne Bancroft]] for a full [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming 41 years until her death in 2005]].
20th Nov '17 11:51:24 PM NWolfman
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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]] (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]], famously ragging on ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful'' for more or less trying to do just that. 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]].

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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]] (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]], famously ragging on ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful'' for more or less trying to do just that. 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]]. Even negating the racial content, there was one gag that he had cut on the grounds that even ''he'' found it tasteless ("I hate to disappoint you ma'am, but you're sucking on my arm"). And this was a movie where he had complete creative control over the final cut!
20th Oct '17 4:56:36 AM NWolfman
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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]] (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]] (he famously ragged on ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful'' for trying to find beauty in such a horrible situation, worse in a film by a non-Jewish filmmaker). 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]].

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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]] (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]] (he all]], famously ragged ragging on ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful'' for more or less trying to find beauty in such a horrible situation, worse in a film by a non-Jewish filmmaker).do just that. 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]].
20th Oct '17 4:54:24 AM NWolfman
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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 (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.)

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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 (he claims that work, though he absolutrly draws the one line he won't cross is depicting concentration camps). On the other hand, there's at actual holocaust jokes. ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', in which he meanwhile, ''deliberately'' overused the N-word (which was always either used in a friendly manner by black and made all of the white characters or in a racist manner by stupid, racist white characters) so much who say it complete morons 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.)
20th Oct '17 4:50:43 AM NWolfman
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* StageName: Born Melvin Kaminsky, he originally planned to take his mother's maiden name of Brookman when he went into show business. [[ForWantOfANail He ran out of space painting "Brookman" on a bass drum head]], so he went with the truncated "Brooks."
3rd Oct '17 9:13:49 PM MackWylde
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* AffectionateParody: Arguably the king of this trope. His movies mock what we enjoy, but it all comes from a pure love and understanding of the genre he's satirizing.
15th Sep '17 9:19:29 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* AdolfHitlarious: A life goal of Mel Brooks is reducing Hitler to a punchline. So far it's working.

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* AdolfHitlarious: A life goal of Mel Brooks is reducing Hitler to a punchline. So far it's working.


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* AuthorAppeal: [[AdolfHitlarious The]] [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]], who he frequently puts in his movies in [[AnachronismStew defiance of historical logic.]] Brooks once said that he wanted to be the first Jew to make a million dollars off of Hitler.
27th Aug '17 9:35:40 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* GeniusBonus: He's ''really'' good at these. Everyone gets the jokes about Jews, ''Star Wars'', and Westerns in ''Blazing Saddles'', ''The Producers'', and ''Spaceballs'', probably a lot fewer people get the jokes about Dostoevsky's ''[[Literature/TheIdiot]]'', ''[[Series/MurderSheWrote]]'' and the works of Creator/FranzKafka.

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* GeniusBonus: He's ''really'' good at these. Everyone gets the jokes about Jews, ''Star Wars'', and Westerns in ''Blazing Saddles'', ''The Producers'', and ''Spaceballs'', probably a lot fewer people get the jokes about Dostoevsky's ''[[Literature/TheIdiot]]'', ''[[Series/MurderSheWrote]]'' ''[[Literature/TheIdiot The Idiot]]'', ''[[Series/MurderSheWrote Murder She Wrote]]'' and the works of Creator/FranzKafka.
27th Aug '17 9:33:36 AM smasll_lordvoice
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And lastly, he is a 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 ...and lived. It's good to be the king, indeed.

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And lastly, he is a 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, [[EstablishingCharacterMoment Brooks set up his own loud speakers speakers]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and played the works of Jewish musical artist Al Jolson right back at them.them]]. He was making fun of Nazis back when they were still relevant ...and lived. It's good to be the king, indeed.
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