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February 12, 2014 |
In a day before comedy was laced with irony and studded with mean-spirited barbs, Sid Caesar was more than funny. He was hilariously, outrageously, tear-inducingly, gather-up-the-whole-family-for-this funny . A veteran of the Catskills with an elastic face, a knack for gibberish and a mind that could find comedy gold in the workings of a Bavarian cuckoo clock, Caesar was the king of live television sketch comedy in the 1950s. Some of the best writers - Carl Reiner, Neil Simon and Mel Brooks - vied to work for him. No slouches at comedy themselves, they were dazzled by his genius and, at times, horrified by his temper; he once tore the sink from a hotel bathroom and threatened to throw Brooks out an 18th-story window.
June 7, 2013 |
Irreverent and often raucous, the 41st American Film Institute Life Achievement Award gala Thursday evening at the Dolby Theatre honored the king of comedy, Mel Brooks, in a full-on laugh fest. Martin Short got the evening off to a flying start by singing songs from Brooks' films, including "I Want to Be a Producer" and "Springtime for Hitler" from "The Producers" and the "Blazing Saddles" theme song surrounded by a bevy of statuesque chorus girls who towered over Short. "I'm not speaking from the heart, I'm speaking from the TelePrompter," said Short as he went into a series of jokes about Brooks being Jewish. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "Very rarely do you get a chance to say thank you to one of your heroes," said Billy Crystal, who related how he became friends with Brooks at PTA meetings when his daughter Jennifer and Brooks' son Max were in the same class in grade school.
May 20, 2013 |
"Do I get paid for this?" says Mel Brooks at the end of Robert Trachtenberg's biographical documentary, "Mel Brooks: Make a Noise," premiering Monday as part of the PBS series "American Masters. " "If this program was called 'Dutch Masters,' I'd have boxes of cigars. But I had to be foolish and settle for 'American Masters.'" Writer, director, comedian, actor, producer, songwriter and drummer (because, as a drummer, you "made the most noise"), Brooks, who turns 87 this year, is in the midst of a long public moment.
May 14, 2013 |
Clint Eastwood stood behind the podium at Monday's “Backstage at the Geffen,” getting ready to present an award to his longtime attorney Bruce Ramer, the founding chairman of the playhouse's board. Host Debbie Allen placed an empty chair beside Eastwood. He turned to it and said “Bruce, what are you doing here? I got in trouble last time I did this,” referring to his appearance at the 2012 Republican National Convention. The annual fundraiser for the Geffen Playhouse was a sell-out, packed with star power that helped raise $1.2 million for the theater's artistic, education and outreach programs.
April 30, 2013 |
Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner , joined in comedy history as the 2,000-year-old man and his interviewer, and joined at the hip in life, made a tandem, two-headed appearance Monday afternoon at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. With Judd Apatow as moderating host, it was the inaugural event in #Comedyfest, a collaboration between Twitter and Comedy Central that will continue through Friday and includes the premiere of the new series "Inside Amy Schumer" (Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET, with star Schumer live-tweeting)
March 19, 2012
Carl Reiner won his first of eight Emmy Awards in what category and for what show? Supporting actor in a series in 1957 for NBC's "Caesar's Hour"