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The legendary comedian, film director, screenwriter, producer, composer, lyricist, and actor Mel Brooks will be featured as our Comic of the Week. Brooks is well known for his comedy farces and comedy parodies on the big screen as well as the stage. He has a numerous amount of accolades that he has earned over a career that spans decades. Within these decades, his most successful pieces of work include, The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, Spaceballs, History of the World, Part 1, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
And speaking of accolades, Brooks is one of a few entertainers with the honor of having won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony. In addition to these awards, three of his films are ranked in the American Film Institute’s top 100 comedy films of all-time which include: Blazing Saddles at number 6; The Producers at number 11; and Young Frankenstein at number 13.
So it’s undoubtedly clear that Brooks has experienced an illustrious career that mounts as one of the greatest in comedy history, which makes us even more excited to be featuring the master of comedy all week. And like many brilliant comedic artists that have sprung up into the comedy world, Brooks got his career started in stand-up.
After performing comedy for a little while, he worked more behind the scenes, becoming a comedy writer for television. He started writing jokes for the NBC series The Admiral Broadway Revue until he was hired to write for the comedy variety series The Show of Shows. Another person who was hired to write for The Show of Shows was Carl Reiner, who quickly befriended Brooks while writing for the series.
The two went on to have nights out together creating random improvisational characters, which Reiner usually created for Brooks to perform. One of the characters was a 2000 year-old-man that witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and had forty-two thousand children. The two eventually went on to perform this act on The Steve Allen Show and also created an entire comedy album off of it entitled 2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.
Another one of Brooks’ big moments was when he got together with the comedy writer Buck Henry and created the television show Get Smart. The show took the clean-cut, sleek, and sexy James Bond type character and turned him into a bumbling idiot agent who couldn’t get anything right. Even though Brooks left the show after the pilot episode, the show went on to win seven Emmys.
It was after all this television writing that Brooks—in his middle ages— went on to film directing and as mentioned before, created comedy masterpieces that culminated his career. With all this being said, we hope you now look forward to enjoying the classic and unique comedy styles of Mel Brooks every hour at the :20 minute mark!