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'SNL's' Skit Did More to Defeat ISIS Than Any Bombing Campaign. Satire Destroys Extremist Ideology.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 03.02.2015 | Media
H. A. Goodman

Terrorist ideology can't be "killed" like a person. It must be diluted and weakened through means other than physical force. Before an ISIS terrorist kills innocent human beings, he's brainwashed into doing so by extremist propaganda.

The 20 Greatest Movie Songs Robbed of Oscar Nominations

Xaque Gruber | Posted 02.22.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Fifty years ago, Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger, arguably the greatest James Bond theme of all, and one of the most explosive musical compositions in the history of cinema missed winning the Academy Award for Best Song -- in fact, it missed a nomination altogether.

"Enter Laughing: The Musical" is Old-fashioned Fun!

Jay Weston | Posted 02.18.2015 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

They were serving dollops of the new Kolikof caviar along with bagels with-cream cheese-and-lox in the lobby of The Wallis at the opening of "ENTER LAUGHING: THE MUSICAL".... a wonderful musical entertainment which is set in the Bronx, New York in the Thirties.

Scholars in the Trenches: WWII Battle of the Bulge 70th Anniversary December 16, 1944-January 25, 1945

Lonna Saunders | Posted 02.17.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

As 70th anniversary remembrances wind down, the Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Campaign, remains the U.S. Army's bloodiest, longest, largest land battle.

Kim Jong-un, Movie Critic Extraordinaire?

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

One conclusion directly related to cyber vulnerabilities is learning from how the monetary, banking and financial systems adapted over the decades to fend off crooks and scamsters. A second conclusion is that "ready, fire, aim" is not always a good response to every crisis.

Why Mel Brooks and Bill Moyers Will Always Idolize Norman Lear

Neal Koch | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Neal Koch

Last Tuesday, Republicans wrested control of the U.S. Senate. Prelude to a 2016 White House smackdown? Bad news for the Left? Maybe. But this coming Tuesday, Veteran's Day, liberal ninja Norman Lear will be celebrated for a lifetime of battling for liberty.

How Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Mel Brooks Can Win

Richard Brodsky | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

There are not enough adjectives to adequately describe the failures of Democratic campaigns across the nation -- but let's try a few.

Why I Love Female Barbers -- Salute to Heidi!

Jay Weston | Posted 12.08.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Many years ago, when I was in the Far East during the Korean War, I spent some time in Japan... and first encountered female barbers. It was a revelation.

Mel Brooks Gives Hollywood the Finger

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 11.11.2014 | Comedy
Sybil Adelman Sage

Mel Brooks did what so many have wanted to: he gave Hollywood the finger.

Mel Brooks Honored at Academy for 'Young Frankenstein'

Jay Weston | Posted 11.10.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Last night at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (AMPAS, of which I am a member), Mel Brooks was honored with a celebratory screening of his iconic film, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Naturally, I was there cheering him on. You see, I have known Mel Brooks most of my life.

That Time Mel Brooks Hosted Joan Rivers' Show In Drag

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.09.2014 | Comedy

"She was very brave. She was always courageous." On Monday night's "Conan," Mel Brooks took some time to remember the late Joan Rivers and her come...

3 Easy Ways To Laugh More Every Day

Cathy Chester | Posted 09.21.2014 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

To every comedian who has ever given us hours of fun and laughter, I say a sincere thank you. You have given us a great gift, one that may add years to our lives.

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Mel Brooks

uproxx.com | Posted 06.30.2014 | Comedy

Mel Brooks is a national treasure, right up there with Yellowstone and the Statue of Liberty, only much funnier and more Jewish. Today is Brooks’ 88...

Week in Film: Maleficent, Million Ways to Die and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm not going to apologize for laughing my ass off at Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West.

My Conversation with Mel Brooks

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.15.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

In a highly successful career of acting, directing and producing, Mel Brooks is part of an elite group of those who have earned a Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Oscar.

The Name's Mamet, Clara Mamet

Rob Taub | Posted 06.18.2014 | Entertainment
Rob Taub

Clara Mamet has an old soul. Something about her reminds me of Mel Brooks and Myron Cohen, except Mamet is 19-years-old and has probably never heard o...

How Rob Minkoff Turned 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' Into the Original 'Modern Family'

Jim Hill | Posted 05.05.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It's ironic that Mr. Peabody & Sherman has a sequence involving the Trojan horse. Because according to the director of this production, this animated feature is actually something of a Trojan horse in and of itself.

Karma's a Stitch

Lester & Charlie | Posted 04.30.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Is it just us or does it seem that there are a lot more open sewers lately? First, there's that guy in Michigan who shot himself in the head trying to demonstrate to his girlfriend that guns aren't that dangerous.

Conan & Mel Brooks Remember Sid Caesar

Posted 02.19.2014 | Comedy

Conan O'Brien spent most of his Tuesday show reminiscing with Mel Brooks about the legend that was Sid Caesar. When Caesar's death was announced la...

Human Smoke and Nazis: The Good, the Bad and the Annoying

Tom Alderman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Books
Tom Alderman

Human Smoke is chock-full of small, often powerful but unrelated scenes. What you get is a Jackson Pollack painting in audio: a lot of vivid colors and absolutely no shape to any of it. It's a helter-skelter of disjointed events and it's up to us to connect the dots.

Caesar's Mt. Rushmore of Comedy Writing Set the Bar

Steve Young | Posted 04.19.2014 | Comedy
Steve Young

What I would hope people take from Sid Caesar's life work was his willingness to take the risk that led to something new and hysterically wonderful.

Why Even Young People Need To Know About Sid Caesar's Amazing Life

David Kanegis | Posted 04.15.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

I salute you Sid Caesar and thank you for your contributions to widening, enlightening and enhancing the fabric of American society.

5 Sequels We Want To See ASAP

Huffington Post | Matthew Rappaport | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

Sequels, trilogies and franchises are released with great frequency by Hollywood, as studios try to capitalize on what has been proven to work with au...

Comedy Nerds, Your Dream Has Come True

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 10.24.2013 | Comedy

The latest installment of Conan O'Brien's chat show "Serious Jibber Jabber" has hit Team Coco. This one features an eighty minute interview with Mel B...

When Comedy Went to School: The Movie That Celebrates Jewish Humor

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 10.12.2013 | Entertainment
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

Bravo to these beloved clowns and comics who turned life's cabbage into sauerkraut. May all that talent live on forever and continue to spawn more comedy. And may we never lose our laughter or fade out our ability to find the funny in life.