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 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 ...

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 ...

The 2000 Year Old Man Goes to School

The 2000 Year Old Man Goes to School
  • Author : Mel Brooks,Carl Reiner
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2005-07-01
  • Total pages : 40
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : A two-thousand-year-old man visits an elementary school and answers questions from a teacher and students, in a picture-book variation of the authors' classic skit, and includes a CD with the comedians performing their text....

The Wine Spectator

The Wine Spectator
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : Download or read online The Wine Spectator written by , published by which was released on 1995. Get The Wine Spectator Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle....

The NPR Interviews 1994

The NPR Interviews  1994
  • Author : Robert Siegel
  • Publisher : Mariner Books
  • Release Date : 1994
  • Total pages : 376
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : An annual series begins with a collection of National Public Radio's best interviews of the year, arranged in subject categories, featuring Desmond Tutu speaking on peace, Curtis Mayfield on soul music, and talks with Richard Leakey, John le Carre+a7, and others. Original....

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Baby Names

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Baby Names
  • Author : Sonia Weiss
  • Publisher : Alpha Computer
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Total pages : 428
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : Discusses the meaning of hundreds of names, provides insight into the cultural traditions behind choosing a name, and offers advice on how names form a child's personality...

Newsweek

Newsweek
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1976
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : Download or read online Newsweek written by , published by which was released on 1976. Get Newsweek Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle....

The American Home

The American Home
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1976-07
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : Download or read online The American Home written by , published by which was released on 1976-07. Get The American Home Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle....

Seesaw a Dual Biography of Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks

Seesaw  a Dual Biography of Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks
  • Author : William Holtzman
  • Publisher : Doubleday Books
  • Release Date : 1979
  • Total pages : 300
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : Download or read online Seesaw a Dual Biography of Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks written by William Holtzman, published by Doubleday Books which was released on 1979. Get Seesaw a Dual Biography of Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle....

Canned Laughter

Canned Laughter
  • Author : Peter Hay
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 1992
  • Total pages : 262
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : Shares stories about actors, actresses, comedians, journalists, and sports announcers...

Funny People

Funny People
  • Author : Steve Allen
  • Publisher : Scarborough House
  • Release Date : 1981
  • Total pages : 323
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : Presents exemplary anecdotes about such entertainers as Mel Brooks, Sid Caesar, Lili Tomlin, Jerry Lewis, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, George Burns, and Jonathan Winters...

I Remember Me

I Remember Me
  • Author : Carl Reiner
  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Release Date : 2012-11-20
  • Total pages : 324
  • ISBN : 0062560964
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Summary : 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 ...