Brooks is one of only a handful of people to have won Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards. He won two Grammys for the Broadway version of The Producers and another for the comedy album The 2000 Year Old Man in The Year 2000 . He also received a 1967 Emmy for his variety show writing and, decades later, won three additional statues over three consecutive years for his role as Uncle Phil on the NBC sitcom Mad About You .
“Blazing Saddles” may be a groundbreaking comedy, but director Mel Brooks doesn’t think Hollywood would make the iconic Western parody in this current “stupidly politically correct” climate. The Oscar winner discussed PC culture in a recent interview with BBC Radio 4, calling it “the death of comedy.” “No, no, I mean maybe ‘Young Frankenstein.’ Maybe […]
Brooks also had Lucas's company handle the post-production, saying, "I was playing ball with the people who could have said no." Lucas later sent Brooks a note saying how much he loved Spaceballs and that he "was afraid [he] would bust something from laughing". 
In 1980, Bancroft starred in a drama for the screen that Brooks produced, The Elephant Man . And the two starred together for laughs, in 1983’s To Be or Not to Be , whose high point was their rendition of “Sweet Georgia Brown,” in Polish – though if Bancroft were to have had a theme song, it surely would be Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson.” She played the mature seductress in director Mike Nichols’s sharp 1967 movie satire, The Graduate .
In the beginning, on the first day, there was nothing. And then we said, "let there be a website about Jews." And it was good. On the second day, we created profiles and put little pictures of rabbis next to numbers and ate a really big pastrami sandwich. On the third day we took a nap. But on the fourth day, we realized we had a problem. See, we had all these neat-o ratings, but it was hard to figure out what they meant without a guiding star — someone to really define what it meant to be a Jew. But who would it be? Well, for the disturbingly unintuitive, we present Mel Brooks. It's hard to put together a better resume than Brooks has: Had he only stayed as a TV writer on "Your Show of Shows" but not created his movies. Daiyenu. Had he created his movies, but not performed in them. Daiyenu. Had he performed in his movies, but not been a great speaker for the Jewish people. Daiyenu. Had he been a great speaker... Well, anyway, you get the point. So there he is, the top of the Jew or Not Jew food chain and oh, man, has Mel Brooks earned it. Everyone else, this is the Jewish star you're shooting for. Verdict: Jew . September 7, 2006
“Without that the movie would not have had nearly the significance, the force, the dynamism and the stakes that were contained in it,” he said.
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There is absolutely no doubt that Brooks is a comedy visionary who has left behind a legacy to be proud of, but it might be time for some new voices to come to the forefront. Diversity isn’t the death of comedy. It is merely another way to enrich it.