Facing protests, Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’ reminds us that the art of a good joke is all about context
Mel Brooks’ 1968 film evoked laughs in the face of the obscene. It still does today.
But other than that, the comedy legend is pretty happy in Los Angeles
The late, great comedian’s ‘Your Show of Shows’ tried to pass in postwar, assimilationist America
The groundbreaking performer and TV star had been ill during the past year
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
Plus a Norwegian paper publishes a horrendous cartoon
A thorough new biography chronicles the rise and fall of the big, Jewish self-destructive funnyman
Plus the meaning of the Yair Lapid/Naftali Bennett alliance
A Television Critics Association panel hosts two titans
A solution for the oft-bombed gas pipeline between Israel and Egypt
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.
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.
Plus Kletzky dad sues confessed killer, and more
Plus: smell is not a matter of taste, a senior roadster, and more
Brooks and Reiner tell ‘Times,’ as they prepare for box set
As it progressed, the playwright’s autobiographical trilogy grew more dark—and more true
Yes, that’s Roseanne dressed as the Führer