Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks Isn’t Funny

I call “false advertising” on the Washingtonian. Its July 24 piece by Benjamin Freed promises that we’ll “Meet the Guy Who’s Protesting a Maryland Theater’s Production of The Producers.”

But it doesn’t quite deliver. The “guy” in question, one Jeffrey Imm, is described as the leader of an “anti-discrimination group” saddled with the lumpy handle Responsible for Equality and Liberty (REAL).

  • Justin St.Denis

    Mel Brooks isn’t funny. I doubt there was ever a time in Brooks’ life when he was funny. Joan Rivers was funny. Just to go on record…

    • Observer

      He might be to another 89-year-old.

      • Reader

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        • ThomasB


    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Mel Brooks isn’t funny on his own.
      When he’s worked with other writers he’s funny.
      Like when he worked with Carl Reiner on the 2000 year old man.
      Or Get Smart.

  • I’m not going near the Takimag comments on this one. I don’t want to know.

    Yeah, the mugging always put me off Brooks. The only one of his movies I really like is Young Frankenstein. (If I remember correctly Wilder came up with the Puttin’ On The Ritz scene.)

    Madeline Kahn probably deserves some credit for making Brooks’ films watchable.

  • Clink9

    I must admit to laughing at the campfire scene as a 16 year old watching this at the old Uptown on Yonge Street when it came out.

  • LauraS

    My dad is a huge Mel Brooks fan, so I grew up laughing at his movies. His over-the-top humour works or it doesn’t. I still enjoy his movies and think he’s funny. 🙂

    Hubby and I have introduced our two Minions to Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles–they love the movies–he definitely appeals to young boys!

    Agree 110% with the comments about Gene Wilder’s talent. LOVED him in everything from YF, Willy Wonka, the movies with Richard Pryor–heck I was a fan back when he voiced The Electric Company’s “Letterman!”

  • DMB

    Spaceballs was a pretty good movie.

  • menace2society

    jews aren’t funny unless they’re getting popped in the oven

  • The original “Producers” was hilarious.

    It certainly doesn’t glorify fascism.