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Don’t Forget To Laugh

Facing protests, Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’ reminds us that the art of a good joke is all about context

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Watching ‘The Producers,’ Nearly 50 Years Later

Mel Brooks’ 1968 film evoked laughs in the face of the obscene. It still does today.

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Mel Brooks Misses the Bagels in Vilna

But other than that, the comedy legend is pretty happy in Los Angeles

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The Deep Jewish Roots of Television’s Caesar

The late, great comedian’s ‘Your Show of Shows’ tried to pass in postwar, assimilationist America

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Comedy King Sid Caesar Dies at 91

The groundbreaking performer and TV star had been ill during the past year

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Mel Brooks Just Received a Lifetime Achievement Award, and It’s No Joke

The Tattler: Critics focus on the childlike nature of his humor, but there’s always been more than meets the eye to the King of Id

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Sundown: Drone Takes a Top Taliban Leader

Plus a Norwegian paper publishes a horrendous cartoon

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Allan Sherman’s Last Laugh

A thorough new biography chronicles the rise and fall of the big, Jewish self-destructive funnyman

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Sundown: U.S. Strike on Iran Possible in June

Plus the meaning of the Yair Lapid/Naftali Bennett alliance

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Philip Roth and Mel Brooks Talk Art and Religion

A Television Critics Association panel hosts two titans

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The Mel Brooks Option

A solution for the oft-bombed gas pipeline between Israel and Egypt

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Visionaries

What makes a Jewish film? To open our 100 Greatest Jewish Films week, critics A.O. Scott and Jody Rosen talk about movies from Abie’s Irish Rose to Zelig.

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Flesh and Blood

Max Brooks shares his father Mel’s sense of humor. But when it comes to thinking about zombie outbreaks and how to prevent them, he is dead serious.

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Sundown: Envoy Assaulted in Damascus

Plus Kletzky dad sues confessed killer, and more

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Sundown: Bishop Nailed for Holocaust Denial

Plus: smell is not a matter of taste, a senior roadster, and more

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The 2,000 Year Old Man Brought Jewish Humor Mainstream

Brooks and Reiner tell ‘Times,’ as they prepare for box set

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Neil Simon Unbound

As it progressed, the playwright’s autobiographical trilogy grew more dark—and more true

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‘Heeb’ Explains Hitler Image

Yes, that’s Roseanne dressed as the Führer

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