(born June 28, 1926) is probably one of the funniest men in Hollywood, and Broadway, and life in general.
Co-creator of the James Bond
parody series Get Smart
(with Buck Henry), and producer and director of many fine films — most of them affectionate parodies
— such as Blazing Saddles
, Young Frankenstein
, The Producers
, The Twelve Chairs
, Silent Movie
, High Anxiety
, History of the World Part I
, To Be or Not to Be
, Dracula: Dead and Loving It
, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Notably, Blazing Saddles
, The Producers
and Young Frankenstein
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?He also produced David Lynch
's drama The Elephant Man
and David Cronenberg
's remake of the horror film The Fly
but removed his name because he didn't want people to think they were comedies.
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.
In the new millennium, he co-wrote and produced successful musical versions of The Producers
and Young Frankenstein
for Broadway. Following the success of The Producers
, he and Anne Bancroft appeared as themselves on Curb Your Enthusiasm
, intent on casting Larry David
and David Schwimmer in the show in the hope that they'll kill the show and they won't have to bother with it. In other words, it's a Springtime for Hitler
. Of course, like all Springtime for Hitler
schemes, it fails.
Brooks is responsible for launching and boosting the careers of many comedians. It was he who gave Dave Chappelle
his first credited role.
He also rapped as Hitler once
. In an interview for 60 Minutes
, he stated that his life's goal was to reduce Hitler to a figure of such ridiculousness
that no-one would ever take his ideas seriously again. (If the numerous Tonys that The Producers
won are any indication, it's working.) Being both Jewish and a World War II
veteran, if anyone has N-Word Privileges
to joke about Adolf Hitler
He met Anne Bancroft on a talk show and then bribed a woman in order to create a Meet Cute
with her. Proving that being Genre Savvy
has its perks, he was somehow able to convince Mrs. Robinson
to become Mrs. Brooks
. This resulted in Max Brooks
, probably one of the foremost experts on how to repel and survive the oncoming Zombie Apocalypse
. He has three other children from his first marriage to Florence Baum, which only lasted a few years. He attributes this to both of them being too young to know what they were getting into, and they've remained on good terms in all the decades since.
If you haven't seen one of his films then you need to fix that. Now.
If you were a kid at The Turn of the Millennium
, you probably know him best as the voice of Wiley the Sheep on Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks
And lastly, he is a 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 ...and lived. It's good to be the king, indeed.
Films of note:
Tropes named by his works:
Tropes associated with his works:
- Actor Allusion: 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 "Heil Myself!".
- Though that was also a joke in the original film. Its being used again in the Broadway production is a definite allusion, though.
- Adolf Hitlarious
- Affectionate Parody
- Anachronism Stew
- Arch-Enemy: 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.
- Big Bad: A supervillain who makes a fool out of himself is usually present.
- Black Comedy
- Breaking the Fourth Wall
- Casting Gag: Famous mime Marcel Marceau in Silent Movie is ironically the only character to ever speak a word.
- Creator Cameo: Brooks has a cameo in most of his movies.
- Double Entendre
- Dumb Blonde
- Funny Background Event
- Getting Crap Past the Radar
- Gratuitous German: Usually spoken by large women.
- Hurricane of Euphemisms
- Incredibly Lame Pun
- Lyrical Dissonance: Expect a cheery sing-and-dance number to show up in less-than-cheery circumstances.
- Overused Running Gag
- Production Posse: A vast majority of his movies had starred not only Mel himself, but Madeline Khan, Gene Wilder (who came up for the original idea of Young Frankenstein), Harvey Korman, and Dom De Luise.
- Real Person Cameo
- Reference Overdosed
- Rule of Three
- Running Gag: All over the place, but a notable one is making some sort of reference to a previous film (such as the Mr. Rental in Spaceballs having copies of every Mel Brooks film released up to that point). Another, particularly in later films, is plugging fake sequels to the movie currently being watched.
- "Walk this way" is particularly popular, thanks to the numerous spins that can be put on it.
- Soul Brotha
- Space Jews: Near the end of History of the World Part I.
- Those Wacky Nazis
- Unexplained Accent
- Visual Pun: My goodness! A shameless user. Radar, about to be JAMMED!