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The Resource Funny man : Mel Brooks, Patrick McGilligan

Funny man : Mel Brooks, Patrick McGilligan

Label
Funny man : Mel Brooks
Title
Funny man
Title remainder
Mel Brooks
Statement of responsibility
Patrick McGilligan
Title variation
Mel Brooks
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • 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celebrated shows and films, and a telling look at the four-decade romantic partnership with actress Anne Bancroft that superseded Brooks' troubled first marriage.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
  • Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and Grammy award-winner Mel Brooks was behind (and sometimes in front) of some of the most influential comedy hits of our time. Growing up in a household too poor to own a radio, Melvin Kaminsky was short and homely, a mischievous child whose birth role was to make the family laugh. McGilligan lays bare the strengths and drawbacks that shaped Brooks' psychology, his willpower, his persona, and his comedy. From his breakthrough in early television to Hollywood and Broadway, McGilligan delivers an unforgettable life story and an anatomy of the American dream of success. -- adapted from jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McGilligan, Patrick
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PN2287.B695
LC item number
M34 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • filmographies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brooks, Mel
  • Brooks, Mel
  • Comedians
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Motion picture producers and directors
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
  • Comedians
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Motion picture producers and directors
  • United States
Label
Funny man : Mel Brooks, Patrick McGilligan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 555-561), filmography and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1926: Little world -- 1944: Big world -- 1949: Funny is money -- 1952: Dreams and nightmares -- 1955: Club Caesar -- 1957: The genius awakes -- 1962: The warm and fuzzy Mel -- 1965: Springtime for Mel -- 1967: Auteur, auteur! -- 1971: Blazing Mel -- 1974: Tops in taps -- 1975: Club Brooks -- 1980: Uneasy lies the head -- 1983: Why so angry? -- 1986: Frolics and detours -- 1995: He who laught last -- 2001: Unstoppable
Control code
on1032582838
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
624 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062560995
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1032582838
Label
Funny man : Mel Brooks, Patrick McGilligan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 555-561), filmography and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1926: Little world -- 1944: Big world -- 1949: Funny is money -- 1952: Dreams and nightmares -- 1955: Club Caesar -- 1957: The genius awakes -- 1962: The warm and fuzzy Mel -- 1965: Springtime for Mel -- 1967: Auteur, auteur! -- 1971: Blazing Mel -- 1974: Tops in taps -- 1975: Club Brooks -- 1980: Uneasy lies the head -- 1983: Why so angry? -- 1986: Frolics and detours -- 1995: He who laught last -- 2001: Unstoppable
Control code
on1032582838
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
624 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062560995
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1032582838

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