The first full-scale, up-to-date biography of one of the most important comedic talents of our time With the runaway success of his Broadway musical version of The Producers, Mel Brooks is more popular than ever, and this fresh, funny, insightful book at last brings his distinguished career and colorful personal life into focus. Drawing on interviews with colleagues, actors, rivals, and others, James Robert Parish chronicles Brooks’s rise, from his early days as a writer on Sid Caesar’s classic series and specials (where he worked with Neil Simon and, later, Woody Allen) and his classic '2,000 Year Old Man' shtick with Carl Reiner to groundbreaking films such as Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, TV’s iconic Get Smart, and the Broadway triumph of The Producers–a career that has earned Brooks an Oscar, a Grammy, three Emmys, and multiple Tonys. The book also explores Brooks’s long and happy marriage to Anne Bancroft and sheds light on some lesser-known aspects of his career, such as his role in producing The Elephant Man. James Robert Parish (Studio City, CA) is a former entertainment reporter and show-business publicist. His many books include Fiasco: A History of Hollywood’s Iconic Flops (see p. 13) and The Hollywood Book of Breakups (0-471-75268-1).