Funny Man

Written By Patrick McGilligan
Funny Man
  • Publsiher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 19 March 2019
  • ISBN : 0062560964
  • Pages : 640 pages
  • Rating : 4/5 from 1 reviews
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Read or download book entitled Funny Man written by Patrick McGilligan which was release on 19 March 2019, this book published by HarperCollins. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. Book excerpt: 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.

Funny Man

Funny Man
  • Author : Patrick McGilligan
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2019-03-19
  • Total pages : 640
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : 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 ...

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
  • Total pages : 325
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : Discusses the personal life and professional career of comedy writer/actor/filmmaker Mel Brooks....

Mel Brooks the Irreverent Funnyman

Mel Brooks   the Irreverent Funnyman
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1976
  • Total pages : 190
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : Download or read online Mel Brooks the Irreverent Funnyman written by , published by which was released on 1976. Get Mel Brooks the Irreverent Funnyman Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle....

Mel Brooks in the Cultural Industries

Mel Brooks in the Cultural Industries
  • Author : Alex Symons
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-08-06
  • Total pages : 232
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : Which strategies has Mel Brooks used to survive, adapt and thrive in the cultural industries? How has he gained his reputation as a multimedia survivor? Alex Symons takes a unique, artist-focused approach in order to systematically identify the range of Brooks's adaptation strategies across the Hollywood film, Broadway theatre and ...

All About Me

All About Me
  • Author : Mel Brooks
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2021-11-30
  • Total pages : 400
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : PRE-ORDER NOW At 95, the legendary Mel Brooks continues to set the standard for comedy across television, film, and the stage. Now, for the first time, this EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner shares his story in his own words. "I hope fans of comedy will get a kick out of ...

Siegel and Shuster s Funnyman

Siegel and Shuster s Funnyman
  • Author : Tom Andrae,Mel Gordon
  • Publisher : Feral House
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Total pages : 183
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : Documenting the amazing back story of the world's first Jewish superhero, Siegel and Shuster's Funnyman is an important document of comics and Jewish history. Funnyman, aka Larry Davis, is a red-haired television comedian whose agent talks him into performing a superhero-like stunt in order to obtain publicity. This stunt goes ...

Siegel and Shuster s Funnyman

Siegel and Shuster s Funnyman
  • Author : Mel Gordon
  • Publisher : ReadHowYouWant.com
  • Release Date : 2011-02-02
  • Total pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created two superheroes. One is Superman. The other is Funnyman, and this book details his amazing back story. Inside find reproductions from Funnyman, s rare comic books, Sunday funnies and daily strips. Revealed by authors Andrae and Gordon: The actual living model for Superman. The ...

Sid Caesar and Your Show of Shows

Sid Caesar and Your Show of Shows
  • Author : Karen J. Harvey
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2020-12-17
  • Total pages : 252
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : In the early days of television, "comedy" often meant stale vaudeville routines and stand-up. Then, in 1950, a new comedy-variety show debuted on NBC--Your Show of Shows. Its gifted and mercurial star, Sid Caesar, talented ensemble cast and superb writing staff--including Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Lucille Kallen and Mel Tolkin--would create ...

The Ritz Brothers

The Ritz Brothers
  • Author : Roy Liebman
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2021-06-29
  • Total pages : 223
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : The Ritz Brothers were a popular comedy trio in vaudeville, nightclubs, movies and television for more than four decades. Today largely overlooked among the classic comedy pantheon, they have been acknowledged as inspirations by such comics as Mel Brooks, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis and Sid Caesar. This first full-length study ...

Shooting Ladders

Shooting Ladders
  • Author : Gary Keeney
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release Date : 2010-08-03
  • Total pages : 700
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : Shooting Ladders is a book of advice written to a little girl named Tori. She was four years old when the author started writing the fi rst topic, and she was eight years old when he fi nished the last topic. But he didnt write it for the Tori of ...

My Anecdotal Life

My Anecdotal Life
  • Author : Carl Reiner
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2014-03-18
  • Total pages : 272
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : More than once, Carl Reiner has had friends say, "Hey, Reiner, you ought to write those things down." And at eighty, he finally has. In this funny and engaging memoir, one of the best raconteurs on the planet recalls his life in show business in short comic takes. Reiner tells ...

Pretend the World Is Funny and Forever

Pretend the World Is Funny and Forever
  • Author : S. Fisher,R. L. Fisher
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release Date : 2014-01-14
  • Total pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : First published in 1982. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Powers of Two

Powers of Two
  • Author : Joshua Wolf Shenk
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release Date : 2014-08-05
  • Total pages : 336
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : The power of collaboration, from Lennon and McCartney to Wozniak and Jobs: “An inspiring book that also happens to be a great read” (Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive). Throughout history, partners have buoyed each other to better work—though often one member is little known to the general public. (...

Charlie Chaplin and A Woman of Paris

Charlie Chaplin and A Woman of Paris
  • Author : Wes D. Gehring
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2021-01-12
  • Total pages : 260
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : Charlie Chaplin's A Woman of Paris (1923) was a groundbreaking film which was neither a simple recycling of Peggy Hopkins Joyce's story, nor quickly forgotten. Through heavily-documented "period research," this book lands several bombshells, including Paris is deeply rooted in Chaplin's previous films and his relationship with Edna Purviance, Paris was ...

Young Frankenstein A Mel Brooks Book

Young Frankenstein  A Mel Brooks Book
  • Author : Mel Brooks
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2016-10-18
  • Total pages : 200
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : Mel Brooks' own words telling all about the players, the filming, and studio antics during the production of this great comedy classic. The book is alive and teeming with hundreds of photos, original interviews, and hilarious commentary. Young Frankenstein was made with deep respect for the craft and history of ...