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Blazing Saddles

'Torturing Some Folks'

David Coleman | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
David Coleman

President Obama is being praised by some for use of the term "torture" during a recent press conference when he referred to post-9/11 interrogation techniques employed on behalf of our government.

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.

Is a Love of Blazing Saddles, Brisket and the Frozen Soundtrack Enough to Make You Jewish?

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Jon Hotchkiss

What follows is the text of an address I shared with the members of my Conservative synagogue on January 18th, 2014 during a weekend family retreat. ...

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...

Mel Brooks on Immortality, His Inspiration for The Producers, and the Racial Joke Left Out of Blazing Saddles

Vanity Fair | Posted 04.14.2013 | Entertainment
Vanity Fair

By Mike Sacks, Vanity Fair Although responsible for such comedy classics as Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Spaceballs, not to mention 2001'...

Obama Uses Blazing Saddles Strategy to Negotiate Debt Ceiling

Bill Frezza | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

Regardless of how the current debt ceiling circus act plays out, don't be surprised to see what happens to Uncle Sam's credit rating as potential lenders to a government living well beyond its means start figuring all of this out.

Toilet Humor Will Always Be Funny, Guys

Posted 01.04.2013 | Comedy

There's nothing worse than crappy humor. It just tanks, and you want them to just put a lid on it. But wipe that frown off your face: Here are some vi...

WATCH: What If Mel Brooks Did 'Django'?

Posted 12.26.2012 | Comedy

Quentin Tarantino's latest historical revenge fantasy "Django Unchained" hit theaters on Tuesday, but if you're not quite ready to witness QT's over-t...

Which 'Blazing Saddles' Seen Was Too Racy For Mel Brooks?

Posted 11.28.2012 | Comedy

Mel Brooks' 1974 film "Blazing Saddles" tackled racism in a satirical and absurd way that has had a lasting impression on on the movie business, and i...

WATCH: Mel Brooks Keeps Asking Carl Reiner About His Erection

Posted 11.16.2012 | Comedy

When Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner met in 1950 working on "Your Show of Shows," they very well may have realized that they would still be hanging out 62 ...

A Sour Note at Carnegie Hall Few Heard, Coming From Above

John Farr | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The Carnegie Studios made it possible for artists to live as true bohemians: to enjoy the freedom of being deliciously different and quirky. I suppose it was simply too good to last.

President Obama, Please Invite the Republican Leadership to Watch Blazing Saddles with You

William K. Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William K. Black

Obama's experience as a senator should have led him to recognize that the Republican threat to not expand the debt ceiling was a Blazing Saddles bluff. Instead, he is treating it as if it were real.

Q & A With Mel Brooks by Tom Teicholz

Tom Teicholz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tom Teicholz

[This interview originally appeared in print in The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles in the issue dated Feb 26- March 4, 2010. Go to www.JewishJournal.co...

Just Listen -- Obama's Education Speech to Children

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Over and over again, we see the right wing steadfastly digging their heels in before gathering, listening to and evaluating all the facts regarding going to war, education and health reform.

2,000+ Words for the 2,000 Year Old Man: Mel Brooks Is Saluted by the Academy

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Cloris Leachman aptly put it, "There is much that is serious about Mel Brooks. Inside that rapid-fire humor machine is a man with deep emotions, with a great capacity to care, and to love."

Dom DeLuise's Funniest Film Roles (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Dom DeLuise, a comedy great, died Monday night after a long illness. He is survived by sons Michael, Peter and David, and dozens of hilarious films. H...