Mel Brooks' humor springs from Jews' outsider status and history of persecution.
In fact, as many interviews attest, Brooks filters most of his basic emotions through his Jewish sensibility, even his anger. For example, after "serious" critics panned The Producers [Brooks's 1968 film on which his critically lauded Broadway show is based], he exploded to Albert Goldman: "My comedy is based on rage. I'll show those cockamamie cahiers critics. I'll make a movie that'll bend their bagels.... We Jews have upward mobility, you know. We're short people but we know how to grow."
Such an outburst contains much to be analyzed, from Brooks's acknowledgement that rage fuels his comedy, to his inclusion of Yiddishisms, to his notion of Jews triumphing over physical limitations, to his ethnocentric assumption that cahiers critics even have bagels that he can bend.
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