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Mel Brooks

Director

“I cut my finger. That’s tragedy. A man walks into an open sewer and dies. That’s comedy.”

 

Biography

Melvin “Mel” Kaminsky (born June 28, 1926), better known by his stage name Mel Brooks, is an American film director, screenwriter, composer, lyricist, comedian, actor, and producer. He is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. Brooks is a member of the short list of entertainers with the distinction of having won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony award. Three of his films ranked in the Top 20 on the American Film Institute’s list of the Top 100 comedy films of all-time:(Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein).

Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Kate (née Brookman), a garment worker, and Maximilian Kaminsky, a process server. Brooks and his family are Jewish; his maternal grandparents immigrated from outside Kiev in the Russian Empire and his paternal family was from Danzig in the German Empire. now in Poland. His father died of kidney disease at age 34.

As a child, Brooks was a small and sickly… read more

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AKFilmFan

19Apr11

One of the greats of comedy: Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, & Young Frankenstein. Classics!

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Patrick McGean

9Apr11

Dear Mr. Brooks The High Anxiety of the Producers have the Blazing Saddles of the power brokers wondering To Be or Not to Be, or whether we the audience is only a ticket at the gate. No art only profit. Young Frankensteins of the history of this serialized world could have been have troupers. We can still make fun of those who think we are anything but humans, no matter race, creed, color If you are a stock holder of a company which harms children to make a buck, be careful men in tights are always vigilant of the nefarious shenanigans of the rich. What about our biology, and what man has done to our biology to make a buck but not to make one single person laugh. Organic Sulfur can make anyone laugh when added to ones diet, in 24 countries. How are your space balls. Sir your morning ends now, your retirement ends now, we have a planet to save and they killed Superman, we need a Super Syd or even Wonder Dog to make us laugh and enjoy life. End the madness, the mayhem, the lack of laugher, the death of wonderment, NOW. Got Sulfur? Patrick Hugh O'Toole McGean The results of a union over France in a DC3, 1945. organicsulfur@sisna.com

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MegaMeg

18Mar11

Just genius.

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Zachary Curl

1Jan11

by far my favorite American satirist. call him campy, cheesy, or even silly, but he knows what comedy is and his attention and devotion to that is with little parallel.

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