And nowwwww, it’s springtime for Trump and the GOP. (Oooh, it’s springtime!) Winter for all of America.
In a glorious comeback that made us wish “The Producers” was still on Broadway, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane revived their roles of conniving producers Max Bialystok and Leo Bloom for Jimmy Kimmel’s annual post-Oscars show. Except this time, what the duo want to tank is an election helmed by Donald Trump instead of a show.
Helped by Cloris Leachman who supplies the “checkie,” Bloom and Bialystok are floored when Trump’s candidacy takes off.
Mel Brooks would be proud. Watch the hilarious video here:
Comedy, explained Aristotle, has a vague history, because at first no one took it seriously. We cannot know for certain if Aristotle was deadpanning, but his observation would amuse Saul Austerlitz. According to Austerlitz, American film comedy has not been taken seriously, either. In fact, the author quips, it is American film’s “bastard stepchild.” With his latest book “Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy,” Austerlitz gives us a broad survey of the genre, hoping to spark debate.
There were few Jewish comedians in Aristotle’s day, but in American comedy, Austerlitz notes, Jews are “the only minority group overrepresented.” The title of his book is taken from a catch phrase by the gentile comic geniuses Laurel and Hardy, but on the cover of the book, it is Jewish comedians, The Marx Brothers, who are making a mess. For Austerlitz, the Marx Brothers are the embodiment of Jewish humor — “anarchic, absurdist, and ebullient” — existing in the face of a hostile or dismissive power structure.
Over 30 years after opening our ears to the musical quality of franks-and-beans flatulence, actor and director Mel Brooks will finally receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 83-year-old “Blazing Saddles” director, will place his hands in cement on April 23.
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