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Mel Brooks: Disobedient Jew

Hosted By: American Jewish University

Mel Brooks, born Melvin Kaminsky in Brooklyn in 1926, is one of the great comic voices of the twentieth century who has won almost every entertainment award there is. Throughout his career, Brooks has straddled the line between outsider and insider and obedient and rebellious, making out-of-bounds comedy the American mainstream. Jeremy Dauber and AJU’s Jonathan Dobrer will discuss Brook’s extensive body of work – from Show of Shows and Blazing Saddles to Young Frankenstein and Spaceballs— and how his American Jewish humor went from being solely for niche audiences to an essential part of the American mainstream, paving the way for generations of Jewish (and other) comedians to come.

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