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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 19 March 2019
  • ISBN : 9780062560964
  • Page : 656 pages
  • Rating : 4/5 from 1 voters

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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celebrated shows and films, and a telling look at the four-decade romantic partnership with actress Anne Bancroft that superseded Brooks’ troubled first marriage.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.

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Funny Man

Funny Man
  • Author : Patrick McGilligan
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2019-03-19
  • ISBN : 9780062560964
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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

All about Me!

All about Me!
  • Author : Mel Brooks
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2021-11-30
  • ISBN : 9780593159118
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No information is currently available. 400pp., 100K.

It's Good to Be the King

It's Good to Be the King
  • Author : James Robert Parish
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2008-02-26
  • ISBN : 9780470225264
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Discusses the personal life and professional career of comedy writer/actor/filmmaker Mel Brooks.

Comic Genius

Comic Genius
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Release Date : 2013-10-15
  • ISBN : 9781452131955
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This star-studded tribute to the kings and queens of comedy draws together such legendary names as Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, and many more. Granted extraordinary access, photographer Matt Hoyle has captured his subjects in portraits that are works of art in themselves—by turns zany and deadpan, laugh-out-loud and contemplative. Accompanying them are first-person reflections from each of the comedians on life and laughter that always cut straight to the heart of

Gene Wilder: Funny and Sad

Gene Wilder: Funny and Sad
  • Author : Brian Scott Mednick
  • Publisher : BearManor Media
  • Release Date : 2012-07-02
  • ISBN : 0987654321XXX
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Ever since his big screen breakthrough as phobia ridden accountant Leo Bloom in "The Producers," Gene Wilder has been one of America's most beloved comic actors. For five decades, Wilder has entertained audiences in some of the funniest films ever made, including "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein," and "Stir Crazy." Brian Scott Mednick's fascinating new biography "Gene Wilder: Funny and Sad" (BearManor Media) reveals a very serious and private side to Wilder that audiences don't get to see. The book traces

Young Orson

Young Orson
  • Author : Patrick McGilligan
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2015-11-17
  • ISBN : 9780062112507
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“A remarkable, eye-opening biography . . . McGilligan’s Orson is a Welles for a new generation, [a portrait] in tune with Patti Smith’s Just Kids.”—A. S. Hamrah, Bookforum No American artist or entertainer has enjoyed a more dramatic rise than Orson Welles. At the age of sixteen, he charmed his way into a precocious acting debut in Dublin’s Gate Theatre. By nineteen, he had published a book on Shakespeare and toured the United States. At twenty, he directed a

I Remember Me

I Remember Me
  • Author : Carl Reiner
  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Release Date : 2012-11-20
  • ISBN : 1477264558
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I Remember Me weaves an American tapestry of colorful tales, beginning with the timid musings of a young boy on the verge of becoming a man in the Jewish section of New York’s Bronx neighborhood, and bringing us up to date with the mature insight of a man whose remarkable trajectory has sent him to the top of Hollywood’s elite and sparked the careers of dozens of household-name entertainers. Along the way, Reiner treats his loyal readers to

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines
  • Author : Alan Zweibel
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Release Date : 2020-04-14
  • ISBN : 9781683356837
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With his tender, funny memoir of four decades in the business, one of the first writers for Saturday Night Live traces the history of American comedy. Alan Zweibel started his comedy career selling jokes for seven dollars apiece to the last of the Borscht Belt standups. Then one night, despite bombing on stage, he caught the attention of Lorne Michaels and became one of the first writers at Saturday Night Live, where he penned classic material for Gilda Radner, John

All American

All American
  • Author : Mel Brooks
  • Publisher : Dramatic Publishing
  • Release Date : 1962-12
  • ISBN : 0871293129
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Back Story (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 6)

Back Story (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 6)
  • Author : Patricia McLinn
  • Publisher : Craig Place Books
  • Release Date : 2017-10-26
  • ISBN : 9781939215666
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Even long memories fade, but murder never dies. Elizabeth Danniher has been among TV journalism’s elite. But divorcing her network exec husband ends not only her marriage but her career, and she’s banished to tiny KWMT in Sherman, Wyoming, to finish out her contract. Now she’s exploring what comes next – in her career, her life and her relationships with family, friends and those who’d like to be more than friends. But she’s not being left

Best Foot Forward

Best Foot Forward
  • Author : Adam Hills
  • Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton
  • Release Date : 2018-07-24
  • ISBN : 9781473681347
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*The Sunday Times Bestseller* Adam Hills is one the UK's best-loved comedians. For thirty years he has been performing stand-up, hosting TV shows and winning the hearts of a nation. Taking us from the early days of the Sydney Stand Up scene to hosting his own radio show, touring the world and eventually landing on British TV, Best Foot Forward is a story of a life in comedy. Along the way Adam shares some childhood tales, a few backstage blunders

Anne Bancroft

Anne Bancroft
  • Author : Douglass K. Daniel
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release Date : 2017-09-22
  • ISBN : 9780813169705
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"Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?" These famous lines from The Graduate (1967) would forever link Anne Bancroft (1931--2005) to the groundbreaking film and confirm her status as a movie icon. Along with her portrayal of Annie Sullivan in the stage and film drama The Miracle Worker, this role was a highlight of a career that spanned a half-century and brought Bancroft an Oscar, two Tonys, and two Emmy awards. In the first biography to cover the entire

Alfred Hitchcock

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  • Author : Patrick McGilligan
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2010-10-19
  • ISBN : 9780062028648
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Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light is the definitive biography of the Master of Suspense and the most widely recognized film director of all time. In a career that spanned six decades and produced more than 60 films – including The 39 Steps, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds – Alfred Hitchcock set new standards for cinematic invention and storytelling. Acclaimed biographer Patrick McGilligan re-examines his life and extraordinary work, challenging perceptions of Hitchcock as the “macabre Englishman” and sexual obsessive, and reveals

The Harlem Hellfighters

The Harlem Hellfighters
  • Author : Max Brooks
  • Publisher : Del Rey
  • Release Date : 2014
  • ISBN : 9780307464972
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This fictionalized account of the first African-American regiment, called the Harlem Hellfighters by their enemies, to fight in World War I relates the heroic journey these soldiers undertook for a chance to fight for America. Original. 150,000 first printing.

Sick in the Head

Sick in the Head
  • Author : Judd Apatow
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2015-06-16
  • ISBN : 9780812997583
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE A.V. CLUB • Includes new interviews! From the writer and director of Knocked Up and the producer of Freaks and Geeks comes a collection of intimate, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years—including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman, Harold Ramis, Seth Rogen, Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham. Before becoming one of the most successful filmmakers