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  • Mel Brooks shares his sweetest memories of Gene Wilder

    September 1, 2016 | 11:52 am

    Mel Brooks and the late Gene Wilder — who collaborated in films such as “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein” — had a famously close, decades-long friendship.

    When Wilder passed away on Monday, Brooks was one of the first celebrities to offer a Twitter eulogy, calling him...

  • Mel Brooks and other stars mourn passing of Gene Wilder

    August 29, 2016 | 3:04 pm

    It was a sad day in Hollywood on Monday as the world learned that Gene Wilder, one of the most beloved comic actors of the ’70s and ’80s, had passed away at the age of 83.

    The Jewish star, born Jerome Silberman and known for his roles in an array of classic films — from “Willy...

  • Letters to the editor: Running Springs, Mel Brooks and Sun City

    February 4, 2015 | 9:18 am

    We Report, You Decide

    Thanks for telling a complicated story so well (“The Rebirth of Running Springs,” Jan. 30). Bravo to the Journal for reporting the facts for all to see. To those who criticize the story, it could have been far more damaging to Chabad by reporting other...

  • Shmoozing with Mel Brooks, the 88-year-old man

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 29, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    “OK, I can die now.”

    That is what I said — out loud — when, on a recent rainy Monday afternoon, the phone rang and a familiar, gentle voice emerged on the other end of the line: “Hello, Mel Brooks!”

    I had just finished watching his latest stand-up act, “Mel Brooks Live at the...

  • My friend’s seder with Sid: Remembering Sid Caesar

    February 13, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    Sid Caesar, who died yesterday at the age of 91, was a genius, a comedy legend, a gifted and sensitive performer who has probably influenced everyone working in comedy today. If you want to witness his inventive comedy, YouTube can be your guide. And although I may call him a...

  • Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Larry King remember Sid Caesar, dead at 91

    February 13, 2014 | 11:18 am

    Sid Caesar, the Jewish comedian who helped pave the way for American comedy as we know it today, died Wednesday in his Beverly Hills home after a brief illness, Variety reports.

    Caesar, born in Yonkers to immigrant parents from Poland and Russia, began his career playing the...

  • Watch: Mel Brooks talks to Conan about his Jewish roots

    October 22, 2013 | 3:54 pm

    On the latest installment of “Serious Jibber-Jabber,” host Conan O’Brien welcomes Mel Brooks, whom he calls “one of the funniest men on earth.”

    The web series, in which Conan “talks for a long time with interesting people,” is old school in that it is longer than 10 minutes,...

  • Rick Moranis returns, brings ‘brisket’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 10, 2013 | 11:57 am

    Actor Rick Moranis has busted ghosts in the “Ghostbusters” flicks, shrunk the kids in that comedy film franchise, tried not to get gobbled by a man-eating plant in “Little Shop of Horrors,” spoofed Darth Vader as Dark Helmet in Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs” and over-parented in...

  • When comedy was kosher

    By Tom Tugend

    May 30, 2013 | 1:10 pm

    The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival would not be worthy of its name without a substantial serving of Jewish humor, and much of this year’s nourishment is provided by two movies honoring the great comedians and writers who flourished around the middle of last century and later.

  • Mel Brooks’ top 10 Jewy Jewish scenes [VIDEO]

    May 20, 2013 | 10:36 am

    Monday night marks the national premier broadcast of the American Masters installment on Mel Brooks. To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a collection of Brooks’ best Jewish clips.

    What exactly that means is a good question. As with two others recent subjects on the PBS...

  • Mel Brooks and Philip Roth on Jewishness, work and love

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 15, 2013 | 10:17 am

    It was almost too much that Mel Brooks and Philip Roth were set to appear together in the same room. It was almost a relief that for their back-to-back press conferences promoting the PBS “American Masters” series, Roth was streamed via satellite into Pasadena’s ritzy Langham Hotel...

  • The ‘cinematic Zionism’ of Mel Brooks

    July 31, 2012 | 12:03 pm

    Mel Brooks shows no outright sense of shame or victimhood in his humorous films, but his Jewishness is there without ambivalence, according to experts.

    “There is a simple pride and comfort in his Jewish skin,” Gabriel Sanders, director of public programs at The Museum of Jewish...

  • Springtime for Schmucks

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 5, 2010 | 1:01 pm

    If I hadn’t seen the word plastered on a billboard on La Brea Avenue, I would never have remotely considered using it in print myself.  But there it is, in a five-foot font, just a few miles from the West Hollywood club where Lenny Bruce was arrested for saying it in 1963.  Soon,...

  • VIDEO: The David Susskind Show (1970) ‘How to be a Jewish Son’

    December 3, 2008 | 2:27 am

    How to be a Jewish Son—or—My Son the Success!
    The David Susskind Show 1970
    Season 12 :  Ep. 7 |1:36:46 |
    with Mel Brooks, David Steinberg, George Segal, Stan Herman, Dan Greenburg and Larry Goldberg.


  • Harvey Herschel Korman dies at 81

    May 29, 2008 | 6:46 pm

    Four-time Emmy winner Harvey Herschel Korman, best known for his over-the-top comedy sketches on The Carol Burnett Show, died of heart failure Friday. He was 81.

    From the classic Mel Brooks film “History of the World Part 1”, this scene entitled: “The French Revolution”. Count...

  • Tummeling

    By Diane Arieff

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm


    Toward the Millennium

    The 2000 Year Old Man is alive, well and still doesn't touchfried food

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts Editor

    Before Carl Reiner invented the "Dick Van Dyke Show" and thetemperamental, toupee-clad Alan Brady, before Mel Brooks was aYiddish-spouting Indian chief...

  • Brooks And Reiner in the Year 2000

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    By Michael Aushenker, Community Editor

    Comedy maven Mel Brooks with his partner-in-crime, CarlReiner.
    "Send in the Jews!" Mel Brooks shouted, throwing the floodgatesopen for the scores of fans who valiantly fought the drizzle lastWednesday evening, Nov. 19, to meet him and his "Your...