Mel Brooks: What I’ve Learned
Just thought I’d share with you this interesting little snippet on Mel Brooks from Esquire, which I just stumbled upon.
I particularly like the part about comedy not being frivolous, that it needs to have heart. I’m paraphrasing, of course, but when I think about my favourite comedies, it’s true – there’s something deeper going on than just ‘wacka wacka’ type stuff. Buffy, Muriel’s Wedding, Kung Fu Hustle, I could go on for a while here…even Spaceballs, which at the time, I thought was the funniest thing on the planet – no pun intended – a big part of the appeal was, I guess, heart-type stuff, in that case, a real belief in the chemistry between Bill Pullman and Daphne Zuniga. Oh and John Candy was just so damn cute.
Anyway, I’ve just realised I’m starting off my morning by psychoanalysing Spaceballs, so I guess the day is gonna be all downhill from here.
Need. More. Coffee.