Watching ‘The Producers,’ Nearly 50 Years Later

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

Mel Brooks Misses the Bagels in Vilna

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

The Deep Jewish Roots of Television’s Caesar

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

Comedy King Sid Caesar Dies at 91

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

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

Sundown: Drone Takes a Top Taliban Leader

Plus a Norwegian paper publishes a horrendous cartoon

Allan Sherman’s Last Laugh

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

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

Plus the meaning of the Yair Lapid/Naftali Bennett alliance

Philip Roth and Mel Brooks Talk Art and Religion

A Television Critics Association panel hosts two titans

The Mel Brooks Option

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

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.

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.

Sundown: Envoy Assaulted in Damascus

Plus Kletzky dad sues confessed killer, and more

Sundown: Bishop Nailed for Holocaust Denial

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

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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