A few weeks ago the MPAA Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences honored one of America's treasures, Mel Brooks. I was happy to read about this acknowledgement from the Association and I felt that if AMPAS can honor him, well, so can I.
I have the great pleasure of knowing Mr. Brooks, which amazes me to this day. When I was growing up I collected comedy albums; Jonathan Winters, Stan Freeberg, Lenny Bruce, et al, my favorite was: "The Thousand Year Old Man" with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.
I didn't set out to memorize it, I just listened to it endlessly and it left its tread marks on my brain ... "Sigmund Freud? Sure, I knew him, he was a good basketball player."
In the late ‘60s, I sat in a movie theater watching "The Producers" for the first time. I gasped for air, for it made me laugh uninterrupted for all of its 91...