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Funny Man

Funny Man
Mel Brooks

by Patrick McGilligan

  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 2019-03-19
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN : 0062560964
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A deeply textured and compelling biography of comedy giant Mel Brooks, covering his rags-to-riches life and triumphant career in television, films, and theater, from Patrick McGilligan, the acclaimed author of Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane and Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light. Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and Grammy award–winner Mel Brooks was behind (and sometimes in front the camera too) of some of the most influential comedy hits of our time, including The 2,000 Year Old Man, Get Smart, The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein. But before this actor, writer, director, comedian, and composer entertained the world, his first audience was his family. The fourth and last child of Max and Kitty Kaminsky, Mel Brooks was born on his family’s kitchen table in Brooklyn, New York, in 1926, and was not quite three-years-old when his father died of tuberculosis. Growing up in a household too poor to own a radio, Mel was short and homely, a mischievous child whose birth role was to make the family laugh. Beyond boyhood, after transforming himself into Mel Brooks, the laughs that came easily inside the Kaminsky family proved more elusive. His lifelong crusade to transform himself into a brand name of popular humor is at the center of master biographer Patrick McGilligan’s Funny Man. In this exhaustively researched and wonderfully novelistic look at Brooks’ personal and professional life, McGilligan lays bare the strengths and drawbacks that shaped Brooks’ psychology, his willpower, his persona, and his comedy. McGilligan insightfully navigates the epic ride that has been the famous funnyman’s life story, from Brooks’s childhood in Williamsburg tenements and breakthrough in early television—working alongside Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner—to Hollywood and Broadway peaks (and valleys). His book offers a meditation on the Jewish immigrant culture that influenced Brooks, snapshots of the golden age of comedy, behind the scenes revelations about the celebrated shows and films, and a telling look at the four-decade romantic partnership with actress Anne Bancroft that superseded Brooks’ troubled first marriage. Engrossing, nuanced and ultimately poignant, Funny Man delivers a great man’s unforgettable life story and an anatomy of the American dream of success. Funny Man includes a 16-page black-and-white photo insert.

It's Good to Be the King

It's Good to Be the King
The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks

by James Robert Parish

  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2008-02-26
  • Pages : 325
  • ISBN : 0470225262
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Discusses the personal life and professional career of comedy writer/actor/filmmaker Mel Brooks.

Mel Brooks - the Irreverent Funnyman

Mel Brooks - the Irreverent Funnyman
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1976
  • Pages : 190
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Mel Brooks in the Cultural Industries

Mel Brooks in the Cultural Industries
Survival and Prolonged Adaptation

by Alex Symons

  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release : 2012-08-06
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 0748664483
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Which strategies has Mel Brooks used to survive, adapt and thrive in the cultural industries? How has he gained his reputation as a multimedia survivor? Alex Symons takes a unique, artist-focused approach in order to systematically identify the range of Brooks's adaptation strategies across the Hollywood film, Broadway theatre and American television industries.By combining a cultural industries approach together with that of adaptation studies, this book also identifies an important new industrial practice employed by Brooks - defined here as 'prolonged adaptation'. More significantly, Symons also employs this method to explain the so far neglected way that Brooks's adaptations have contributed towards changing production trends, changes in critical attitudes, and towards the ongoing integration of the cultural industries today. An essential read for film students and scholars researching adaptation, this refreshing new approach will also be valued by everyone studying the cultural industries.

Siegel and Shuster's Funnyman

Siegel and Shuster's Funnyman
The First Jewish Superhero, from the Creators of Superman

by Tom Andrae,Mel Gordon

  • Publisher : Feral House
  • Release : 2010
  • Pages : 183
  • ISBN : 1932595783
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Documenting the amazing back story of the world's first Jewish superhero, Siegel and Shuster's Funnyman is an important document of comics and Jewish history. Funnyman, aka Larry Davis, is a red-haired television comedian whose agent talks him into performing a superhero-like stunt in order to obtain publicity. This stunt goes wrong when Larry finds himself in a real crime scene. Larry stops this criminal, not knowing what he is doing is real until after the fact. Discovering that he enjoys fighting crime, Larry begins a career as the costumed crime fighter Funnyman.

Siegel and Shuster's Funnyman

Siegel and Shuster's Funnyman
A Book

by Mel Gordon

  • Publisher : ReadHowYouWant.com
  • Release : 2011-02-02
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1459610415
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created two superheroes. One is Superman. The other is Funnyman, and this book details his amazing back story. Inside find reproductions from Funnyman, s rare comic books, Sunday funnies and daily strips. Revealed by authors Andrae and Gordon: The actual living model for Superman. The creation of Jewish humor and the cultural origins of Funnyman. Why a strange comic superhero emerged at the time of the creation of the state of Israel.

Sid Caesar and Your Show of Shows

Sid Caesar and Your Show of Shows
The Birth of the Television Sketch Comedy Series

by Karen J. Harvey

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2020-12-17
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN : 1476641838
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In the early days of television, "comedy" often meant stale vaudeville routines and stand-up. Then, in 1950, a new comedy-variety show debuted on NBC--Your Show of Shows. Its gifted and mercurial star, Sid Caesar, talented ensemble cast and superb writing staff--including Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Lucille Kallen and Mel Tolkin--would create comedy designed for the new medium and provide a template for successful shows that followed. With rare illustrations and the most complete sketch guide yet compiled, this book highlights Caesar's reputation as a brilliant comic actor and describes the writing and production of the weekly live broadcast that kept 60 million TV viewers home on Saturday nights.

The Ritz Brothers

The Ritz Brothers
The Films, Television Shows and Other Career Highlights of the Famous Comedy Trio

by Roy Liebman

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2021-06-29
  • Pages : 223
  • ISBN : 1476681368
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Ritz Brothers were a popular comedy trio in vaudeville, nightclubs, movies and television for more than four decades. Today largely overlooked among the classic comedy pantheon, they have been acknowledged as inspirations by such comics as Mel Brooks, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis and Sid Caesar. This first full-length study of their work examines all the Ritz Brothers' feature films and short subjects 1934-1976, and their television appearances, with background information from the 20th Century-Fox archives. Contemporaneous and modern-day reviews and critiques are included.

All about Me!

All about Me!
My Remarkable Life in Show Business

by Mel Brooks

  • Publisher : Random House Large Print Publishing
  • Release : 2021-12-28
  • Pages : 768
  • ISBN : 9780593607251
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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At 95, the legendary Mel Brooks continues to set the standard for comedy across television, film, and the stage. Now, for the first time, this EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner shares his story in his own words. "Laugh-out-loud hilarious and always fascinating, from the great Mel Brooks. What else do you expect from the man who knew Jesus and dated Joan of Arc?"--Billy Crystal For anyone who loves American comedy, the long wait is over. Here are the never-before-told, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and remembrances from a master storyteller, filmmaker, and creator of all things funny. All About Me! charts Mel Brooks's meteoric rise from a Depression-era kid in Brooklyn to the recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Whether serving in the United States Army in World War II, or during his burgeoning career as a teenage comedian in the Catskills, Mel was always mining his experiences for material, always looking for the perfect joke. His iconic career began with Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, where he was part of the greatest writers' room in history, which included Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, and Larry Gelbart. After co-creating both the mega-hit 2000 Year Old Man comedy albums and the classic television series Get Smart, Brooks's stellar film career took off. He would go on to write, direct, and star in The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, and Spaceballs, as well as produce groundbreaking and eclectic films, including The Elephant Man, The Fly, and My Favorite Year. Brooks then went on to conquer Broadway with his record-breaking, Tony-winning musical, The Producers. All About Me! offers fans insight into the inspiration behind the ideas for his outstanding collection of boundary-breaking work, and offers details about the many close friendships and collaborations Brooks had, including those with Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Gene Wilder, Madeleine Kahn, Alfred Hitchcock, and the great love of his life, Anne Bancroft. Filled with tales of struggle, achievement, and camaraderie (and dozens of photographs), readers will gain a more personal and deeper understanding of the incredible body of work behind one of the most accomplished and beloved entertainers in history.

Shooting Ladders

Shooting Ladders
Various Thoughts, Beliefs, Stories, and Advice for Tori

by Gary Keeney

  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release : 2010-08-03
  • Pages : 700
  • ISBN : 9781453531792
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Shooting Ladders is a book of advice written to a little girl named Tori. She was four years old when the author started writing the fi rst topic, and she was eight years old when he fi nished the last topic. But he didnt write it for the Tori of then or even the Tori of now; instead he wrote it for the Tori of the future, as something to help her make the right decisions in her late childhood/early adult yearsand throughout her life. The book contains the authors opinions on hundreds of various subjectssome of them practical, many of them philosophical; some serious, some whimsical. On a typical subject, the author tells a story from his own personal experiences and then adds a morala lesson for her to learn from the story. Although hes not trying to tell her what to think; he is trying to guide her into making the proper decisions in life. The author hopes that shell carefully weigh all the options and choose the paths that lead her to a good and happy life

Pretend the World Is Funny and Forever

Pretend the World Is Funny and Forever
A Psychological Analysis of Comedians, Clowns, and Actors

by S. Fisher,R. L. Fisher

  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release : 2014-01-14
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1317770056
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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First published in 1982. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Their Own Best Creations

Their Own Best Creations
Women Writers in Postwar Television

by Annie Berke

  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release : 2022
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0520300793
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A rich account that combines media-industry history and cultural studies, Their Own Best Creations looks at women writers' contributions to some of the most popular genres of postwar TV: comedy-variety, family sitcom, daytime soap, and suspense anthology. During the 1950s, when the commercial medium of television was still being defined, women writers navigated pressures at work, constructed public personas that reconciled traditional and progressive femininity, and asserted that a woman's point of view was essential to television as an art form. The shows they authored allegorize these professional and personal pressures and articulate a nascent second-wave feminist consciousness. Annie Berke brings to light the long-forgotten and under-studied stories of these women writers and crucially places them in the historical and contemporary record.

Powers of Two

Powers of Two
How Relationships Drive Creativity

by Joshua Wolf Shenk

  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release : 2014-08-05
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 0544032020
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The power of collaboration, from Lennon and McCartney to Wozniak and Jobs: “An inspiring book that also happens to be a great read” (Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive). Throughout history, partners have buoyed each other to better work—though often one member is little known to the general public. (See Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, or Vincent and Theo van Gogh.) Powers of Two draws on neuroscience, social psychology, and cultural history to present the social foundations of creativity, with the pair as its primary embodiment. Revealing the six essential stages through which creative intimacy unfolds, this book shows how pairs begin to talk, think, and even look like each other; how the most successful ones thrive on conflict; and why some cease to work together while others carry on. At once intuitive and deeply surprising, Powers of Two will reshape the way you view individuals, relationships, and society itself. “A rare glimpse into the private realms of duos . . . A natural storyteller.” —The New York Times “A book about magic, about the Beatles, about the chemistry between people, about neuroscience, and about the buddy system; it examines love and hate, harmony and dissonance, and everything in between . . . Wise, funny, surprising, and completely engrossing.” —Susan Orlean “We sometimes think of creativity as coming from brilliant loners. In fact, it more often happens when bright people pair up and complement each other. Shenk’s fascinating book shows how to spark the power of this phenomenon.” —Walter Isaacson “Surprising, compelling . . . Shenk banishes the idea of solitary genius by demonstrating that our richest art and science come from collaboration: we need one another not only for love, but also for thinking and imagining and growing and being.” —Andrew Solomon

Charlie Chaplin and A Woman of Paris

Charlie Chaplin and A Woman of Paris
The Genesis of a Misunderstood Masterpiece

by Wes D. Gehring

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2021-01-15
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN : 147667244X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Charlie Chaplin's A Woman of Paris (1923) was a groundbreaking film which was neither a simple recycling of Peggy Hopkins Joyce's story, nor quickly forgotten. Through heavily-documented "period research," this book lands several bombshells, including Paris is deeply rooted in Chaplin's previous films and his relationship with Edna Purviance, Paris was not rejected by heartland America, Chaplin did "romantic research" (especially with Pola Negri), and Paris' many ongoing influences have never been fully appreciated. These are just a few of the mistakes about Paris.

Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book

Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book
The Story of the Making of the Film

by Mel Brooks

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2016-10-18
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN : 031631546X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Mel Brooks' own words telling all about the players, the filming, and studio antics during the production of this great comedy classic. The book is alive and teeming with hundreds of photos, original interviews, and hilarious commentary. Young Frankenstein was made with deep respect for the craft and history of cinema-and for the power of a good schwanzstucker joke. This picture-driven book, written by one of the greatest comedy geniuses of all time, takes readers inside the classic film's marvelous creation story via never-before-seen black and white and color photography from the set and contemporary interviews with the cast and crew, most notably, legendary writer-director Mel Brooks. With access to more than 225 behind-the-scenes photos and production stills, and with captions written by Brooks, this book will also rely on interviews with gifted director of photography Gerald Hirschfeld, Academy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman and veteran producer Michael Gruskoff. Mel Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer and songwriter. Brooks is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies including The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. More recently, he had a smash hit on Broadway with the musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers. An EGOT winner, he received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009, the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2013, and a British Film Institute Fellowship in March 2015. Three of Brooks' classics have appeared on AFI's 100 Years . . . 100 Laughs list. Blazing Saddles at number 6, The Producers at number 11, and Young Frankenstein at number 13. Judd Apatow is one of the most important comic minds of his generation. He wrote and directed the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin (co-written with Steve Carell), Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40, and his producing credits include Superbad, Bridesmaids, and Anchorman. Apatow is the executive producer of HBO's Girls.

Famous Wisconsin Film Stars

Famous Wisconsin Film Stars
A Book

by Kristin Gilpatrick

  • Publisher : Badger Books Inc.
  • Release : 2002
  • Pages : 353
  • ISBN : 9781878569868
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From Agnes Morehead to the Zucker Brothers, Wisconsin has produced a large cast of film stars. They include serious actors like Spencer Tracy and Gena Rowlands; comics like Chris Farley and Gene Wilder; and directors like Orson Wells and Nicholas Ray.

American Popular Song Lyricists

American Popular Song Lyricists
Oral Histories, 1920s–1960s

by Michael Whorf

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2014-01-10
  • Pages : 239
  • ISBN : 0786490616
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this volume (a companion to American Popular Song Composers), 39 leading American lyricists from the Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood and Broadway of the 1920s to the 1960s discuss their careers and share the stories of creating many of the most beloved songs in American music. Interviewed for radio in the 1970s, they include such writing teams as Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, and such individuals as Harold Adamson, E.Y. Harburg, Gus Kahn, Leo Robin and Paul Francis Webster. Photographs and rare sheet music reproductions accompany the interviews.

Conversations with Neil Simon

Conversations with Neil Simon
A Book

by Jackson R. Bryer,Ben Siegel

  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release : 2019-12-16
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN : 1496822919
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Neil Simon (1927–2018) began as a writer for some of the leading comedians of the day—including Jackie Gleason, Red Buttons, Phil Silvers, and Jerry Lewis—and he wrote for fabled television programs alongside a group of writers that included Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Larry Gelbart, Michael Stewart, and Sid Caesar. After television, Simon embarked on a playwriting career. In the next four decades he saw twenty-eight of his plays and five musicals produced on Broadway. Thirteen of those plays and three of the musicals ran for more than five hundred performances. He was even more widely known for his screenplays—some twenty-five in all. Yet, despite this success, it was not until his BB Trilogy—Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, and Broadway Bound—that critics and scholars began to take Simon seriously as a literary figure. This change in perspective culminated in 1991 when his play Lost in Yonkers won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In the twenty-two interviews included in Conversations with Neil Simon, Simon talks candidly about what it was like to write commercially successful plays that were dismissed by critics and scholars. He also speaks at length about the differences between writing for television, for the stage, and for film. He speaks openly and often revealingly about his relationships with, among many others, Mike Nichols, Walter Matthau, Sid Caesar, and Jack Lemmon. Above all, these interviews reveal Neil Simon as a writer who thought long and intelligently about creating for stage, film, and television, and about dealing with serious subjects in a comic mode. In so doing, Conversations with Neil Simon compels us to recognize Neil Simon’s genius.

The Big Screen Comedies of Mel Brooks

The Big Screen Comedies of Mel Brooks
A Book

by Robert Alan Crick

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2015-06-14
  • Pages : 269
  • ISBN : 1476612285
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Mel Brooks is often regarded as one of Hollywood’s funniest men, thanks to such highly successful films as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein. His films do have a tendency to turn out much like the jokes that comprise them—hit-or-miss, one minute shoot-the-moon brilliant and the next minute well short of laughs. This work provides a thorough synopsis and thematic analysis for each of his twelve films along with complete cast and production credits: The Producers (1968), The Twelve Chairs (1970), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), High Anxiety (1977), History of the World—Part 1 (1981), To Be or Not to Be (1983), Spaceballs (1987), Life Stinks (1991), Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995).

How About A Martini?

How About A Martini?
The Battle Cry of Madison Ave

by Don Morrow

  • Publisher : First Edition Design Pub.
  • Release : 2017-05-26
  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN : 1506904319
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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