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  • Hardcover
  • 624 pages
  • Funny Man
  • Patrick McGilligan
  • 06 May 2017
  • 9780062560995

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  1. says:

    Recently I read ROBIN by David Itzkoff, a biography that described the comic genius and troubled life of Robin Williams The book was thorough and replete with explanations of why Williams turned out as he did, and the role comedy played in his life There are few people who can approach Williams ability to transform themselves into different characters and employ improvisation One who might approach Williams talent is Mel Brooks, the subject of a wonderful new biography by Patrick McGilligan entitled, FUNNY MAN Brooks background and early life stems from the wave of Russian Jewish immigration to the United States at the turn of the 20th century Thousands would pass through or remain on the lower east side of Manhattan or move across the Williamsburg Bridge into Brooklyn as Brooks family did in 1917 McGilligan describes his subject as a pampered child as the youngest of four brothers and his role in the family seemed to be to make everyone laugh All was not laughter as at the age of two and a half, Brooks father passed away, leaving a void in his life that would affect him throughout adulthood.McGilligan goes on to describe Brooks life in minute detail as he ponders his future leading up to World War II, a turning point as he will wind up as an entertainment specialist Though he passed through areas of combat with the US Army as it made its way toward Germany, Brooks was considered a barracks character throughout the war McGilligan does a workman like job describing Brooks transition from a grunt who entertained his comrades to scheduling touring entertainment for the USO, hosting programs, and even taking the stage with his comedy act By 1946, Brooks found his enlistment extended an extra year where he continued his entertainment responsibilities.McGilligan s narrative is replete with numerous watershed moments that altered the course of Brooks career, personal life, attempts at psychological analysis to explain Brooks actions, and a careful rendering of each of his films McGilligan s approach is fascinating though at times the constant entrance into the world of psychobabble can be annoying Important turning points are many and the key to Brooks career is his association with Sid Ceasar dating back to the late 1940s Brooks would become an integral part of Club Ceasar, a group of writers and later directors and producers who wrote for the Show of Shows and the Ceasar Hour in the 1950s The group includes Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner, Mel Tonkin, Lucille Kallen, and Howard Morris McGilligan takes the reader inside the writer s room called the jockstrap for the Ceasar s programs and the mayhem which was a daily occurrence He explores the relationships among the writers and how Brooks fit in on a personal and professional level We witness Brooks obnoxiousness, crudeness, temper, rudeness, but also his overwhelming comedic talent Kallen would describe writing scripts was like throwing a magnetized piece of a puzzle into a room with the other pieces racing toward it Reiner would always play his straight man and try and keep him out of trouble and their friendship would last for decades as he always indulged Brooks outbursts Of course, McGilligan launches into an explanation of how Ceasar was a father figure for Brooks, who was trying to fill the void in his fatherless life The author follows Brooks career carefully from the Catskills, early television, and finally film pointing out how he was able to navigate the comedic writing world and the roadblocks that he had to overcome But the key to McGilligan s narrative in dealing with the Show of Shows and Ceasar Hour apart from the insights into the writer s relationships was how the history of comedy was shaped by them for decades.Brooks personal life receives extensive coverage particularly his two marriages The first to dancer, Flora Baum provides insights into what kind of character Brooks really was During their marriage and relationship Baum readily gave up her own career and the couple would have three children Once the philandering Brooks found himself in a failed marriage, he did his best not to own up to his financial obligations toward his soon to be ex wife and children Brooks would miss alimony and child support payments on a regular basis and when he finally made it big with films like Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein his duplicitous nature came to the fore as he was able to avoid sharing his new found wealth with his first family through the approach taken by his lawyers His second marriage to actress Ann Bancroft followed a different pattern They had one child, but Bancroft was a stronger person who did not let Brooks run roughshod over her as Baum had She had an exceptional career of her own and was equal to her husband in talent and wealth They did have a happy marriage and they were able to pursue separate careers which is probably why their marriage was so successful.McGilligan digs down into Brooks personality issues For years he was afraid of dying before the same age as his father He was a hypochondriac who really was never sick But he would use his hypochondria to learn all he could about illness and diseases from books and medical journals and freely offered medical advice to friends His own psychiatrist, Dr Clement Staff diagnosed him as having anxiety hysteria, a phobia where the mental aspects of anxiety are emphasized over any accompanying physical symptoms His overly aggressive personality and sometimes crude comedic impulses sprang from defense mechanisms as he desperately tried to please his absent father, getting even with those who had rejected him in his past, and resentment for having been born short, poor, and Jewish Brooks himself would explain the choice of some of his characters from a Freudian perspective, i.e., in the film The Producers Leopold Bloom would be considered his ego, and Max Bialystock his id The strongest part of McGilligan s narrative is his review of the history of comedy in the 1960s and 1970s The program, Get Smart is a good example of how comedy was evolving, and the role Brooks played Perhaps an even important component of the narrative is McGilligan s dissection of Brooks film career The constant reference to Springtime for Hitler an idea that Brooks worked on for a decade and its evolution into the film The Producers is fascinating The description of the actual shooting of the film with the novice director Mel Brooks was eye opening as his insecurities concerning a project that was so much a part of his life are completely exposed One of Brooks best decisions was to cast Gene Wilder as Leon Blum in the film and for the next few years Wilder would become Brooks alter ego and the two would emerge as the key to the success of several future films.McGilligan digs deep into the origins of Blazing Saddles which emerged from the novella Tex X written by Andrew Bergman Brooks loved westerns, wanted to skewer the genre, and told his writers to write the craziest shit McGilligan s details are marvelous especially how Brooks cast the film His first choice for the black sheriff was Richard Pryor, but the comedian was too controversial for Warner brothers, so the part was taken by Cleavon Little, then an unknown singer actor The substitution of Gene Wilder as the Waco kid at the last minute was genius and proved to be the key to the film s success These were lucky breaks and Brooks knew it.McGilligan will unravel the production process taking the reader behind the scenes of Brooks approach to directing and finally starring in his own movies, including how the films were edited and distributed He will continue the process with all of Brooks major films including Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, Space Balls, Silent Movie etc Though some where successful than others and reflected Brook s obsession to be accepted by the critics they will reflect an evolution away from crude dialogue and offensive scenes.If there was anyone who competed with Brooks during the proliferation of his films it was Woody Allen, who McGilliigan brings up several times as he compares the critiques and popularity of the work of both men, especially when Allen s Sleeper and Annie Hall were so successful A major difference between the two according to Milligan was that Allen invited audiences into his semiautobiographical fictions, in which his lead characters often behaved as variants of himself Brooks films had little or nothing to do with his private self Perhaps Brooks success as a director and comedic actor was due to his marriage to Ann Bancroft as it appears it was no accident that his career took off after their marriage.Brooks will branch out with the creation Brooksfilms in the early 1980s Brooks will develop into a shrewd producer director however, his main successes were the films, Elephant Man and My Favorite Year Brooks will shift back to the bad taste excesses that had made earlier films a success with History of the World Part I McGilligan analyzes the film in detail and the result is a series of skits that spoof historical events with song and dance routines which are hysterical, i.e., The Inquisition and others The critics were split on its quality which did not approach the popularity of his earlier successes in the United States but did well in foreign markets Brooks last major accomplishment was bringing The Producers to Broadway for a six year run.Overall, McGilligan describes the differences of the nice Mel, and the bad Mel throughout the book This dichotomy is a useful tool in understanding Brooks, and McGilligan handles it well McGilligan is a veteran show business biographer and has written a monograph that reflects enormous research and extensive knowledge of the industry The main drawback to the book is that there is so much detail at times plowing through the narrative can become cumbersome, however it is an interesting book that explores American comedy, focusing in large part the role that Jews played.

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    When he comes home at night, when that key goes in the door, I mean, my heart s fluttering, said Anne Bancroft, the wife of Mel Brooks for forty one years I am so happy he s home, you know I mean, it s like the party s going to start He s so alive to the fun of life Although that s fun to know, other people do not feel that way This overlong book takes us on the odyssey of Mel Brooks including the highs and lows, as well as the smothering ego and credit hog who began as Sid Caesar s bootlicker Through the story of Brooks, this book also serves as a history of early television comedy What made Mel Brooks funny Brooklyn, the Depression, being Jewish, a short guy whose father died early As the youngest of four brothers, he bore the least responsibility So, he made people laugh From his youth, Brooks felt impelled toward comedy At thirteen, in The Catskills, Brooks met Sid Caesar, who played sax in the house band After his release from the army, Brooks was on his own in The Catskills as an acquired taste and not clearly destined for greatness In the late forties, backstage at the Copacabana, he met Sid Caesar again, now billed as a comedy star Caesar could mimic sounds, sing, dance, act and play the sax They took to each other immediately NBC offered a television series for a live one hour program Caesar saw Brooks as a sidekick, a smart aleck And as a gagman, Brooks topped off what others wrote with a better joke or stronger finish Brooks found himself in demand as a script doctor who could deliver knockout punches to strengthen a show Producers expected Brooks to inject laughs into feeble scenes But not everyone found Mel Brooks funny when they met him People needed time to get used to his manner and sense of humor Brooks irritated people early on with his cockiness and arrogance He made an art of rude, crude and impolite behavior Brooks arrived late to meetings and became brusque to the point of offensive People took offense at his erratic hours and insulting manner Brooks embroidered stories and confabulated so much that he told variations of anecdotes, making himself the hero His first wife felt that Brooks lived in public as a one man happening but lived in private as glum and sullen Brooks analyst found two personalities Nice Mel, who loved people, attuned to arts and literature The Rude Crude Mel used uncivil behavior and offensive humor to defend himself against slights As a drama queen, Brooks struggled to find the balance Your Show of Shows debuted in nineteen fifty The ninety minute program broadcast live before a studio audience without cue cards and before teleprompters Sid Caesar starred, supported by writers such as Mel Brooks and Neil Simon Classic early television comedy Catch it on video Woody Allen joined Caesar later In early seventy two, Brooks agent told him about a property named Tex X, a wild west comedy about a hip, militant black sheriff in a prejudiced frontier town Warner Brothers took an option on the novella, set in the eighteen seventies, written by Andrew Bergman, who earned a doctorate in film studies at UW Madison Write from the gut, Brooks told the writers Write from the heart Gene Wilder replaced an unreliable actor His bemused and quizzical but ingratiating character proved a godsend to the film Gene Wilder imagined and wrote the first draft of Young Frankenstein, in black and white as homage to the monster s films of the thirties The special effects guy from the original Frankenstein kept parts of the lab set in his garage The new film used those pieces to reproduce the luh bore uh tory Blazing Saddles survives as Brooks anarchy on film, while Young Frankenstein became his most controlled film Those two films became the pinnacle of Brooks career While Blazing Saddles became the comedy of the year, critics began comparing Mel Brooks to Woody Allen, who just released Sleeper about the same time Mel and Woody worked as writers for Sid Caesar But a weekend rescreening of Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein revealed them as films that do not survive the test of time Except for a few classic bits, Frankenstein now comes across as unfunny and a long slog Saddles, meanwhile, includes many funny sketches while inducing squirms as an out of date movie The two films released forty five years ago.During his career, Brooks wanted the approval of critics while resenting their power and opinions He eschewed the critics and intellectuals while embracing John Wayne and Lawrence Welk country And this set him apart from Woody Allen Brooks feels he fell short in his career He wanted to make comedy based on pathos and real life, writing scripts around characters and the human condition Instead, ego got in the way Anne Bancroft, meanwhile, earned critical accolades during her career, including her film roles in The Miracle Worker, The Graduate and 84, Charing Cross Road, where she played Helene Hanff, who wrote the memoir As life marched on, Brooks became a stalwart at funerals, weeping then cheering people, although he is phobic about illness and hospitals It s empty spaces, said Mel Brooks when asked about the hardest thing to accept while aging He s ninety two That space used to be filled with the people you grew up with, the people you love, your family They re all gone That s the toughest People love people who make them laugh, writes Patrick McGilligan, the author Mel Brooks turned his invented identity into a brand name of laughter Many people did not reply to inquiries, declined interviews or spoke anonymously or off the record because they feared the temper or litigiousness of Brooks, writes McGilligan in the appendix Also, especially in the early chapters, Brooks makes claims that cannot be verified today, leading to such phrases as no evidence exists McGilligan gets credit for questioning the veracity of probable hokum A four star book about a three star subject Although long at six hundred pages, I enjoyed it The well written story gives us the back story of Mel Brooks as well as his early days of television comedy, which I find interesting Through Brooks story, we intersect with many others who made us laugh.

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    If you made a mistake of liking Mel Brooks through his screen and television persona then Patrick McGilligan is here to set you straight His success came at the expense of others This was especially true in his first marriage and how he negotiated his film deals But Brooks doesn t fit the clich of the miserable funny man like Johnny Carson who had no personal friends and four failed marriages Brooks divorced once and was married to number 2 until her death He was a loyal and lifelong friend to Sid Caesar giving him roles when no one else would He still eats dinner with fellow widower, Carl Reiner, almost every night But despite what I felt was a balance weighed against the negative there is a treasure of details of his entire life I had always wondered what Mel did after Caesar and before The Producers The guy was busy There is a heck of a life here even before he became a famous film director Things I learned about Brooks Born Melvin Kaminsky His stage name is a shorter version of his mother s maiden name, Brookman He was originally hired by Sid Caesar through the force of his personality His 2,000 year old man bit was originally a gag that he and Carl Reiner would do for parties Mel created the TV show Get Smart with Buck Henry, but they have never agreed on who created what and have been at odds with each other ever since Mel Brooks always wanted to work with Zero Mostel, but fought with him during much of the shoot for the Producers Gene Wilder was a serious actor that Brooks met when the former starred with Anne Bancroft on Broadway Blazing Saddles was someone else s idea Brooks intended the stars to be Richard Pryor and Dan Dailey Gene Wilder was a replacement for the second choice, Gig Young Young Frankenstein was Gene Wilder s idea Those two hits cemented Mel s style as that of a parody artist From Blazing Saddles on his movies generally made less money than the prior ones Robin Hood Men in Tights recycled gags from Mel s 1970s parody TV series, When Things Were Rotten.

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    It can be a challenge to review a biography or memoir, in that you have to consider the writing separately from the subject s life As one of my college friends said when we first listened to Arlo Guthrie s Alice s Restaurant, it s not fair to say whether you like it or not because that would be like saying I like or don t like your life And who are we to judge That said, the author does an admirable job of recounting the life of Mel Brooks, ne Melvin Kaminsky In this exhaustive and, sometime, exhausting biography, we learn everything there is to know about the writer director producer funny man, from his convoluted and demanding contracts and his income to his relationships with family, friends, and ex friends who are legion.If you open this book expecting a barrel of laughs, you ll be highly disappointed This biography is a serious examination of what the author calls the two Mels, i.e., the nice Mel, and the not so nice Mel, and there s plenty of excruciating detail about the latter It s not much of a surprise to read that Brooks is a rude and needy attention hog, but, at the very least, it s disappointing to learn how shabbily he treated his first wife and their three children, not just after the marriage soured but right out of the gate There s ample evidence that, even when he was well on his way to becoming a wealthy man, he was and remains , frankly, a greedy skinflint Yet he s been known for occasionally incredible acts of kindness and generosity His idea of directing a movie is screaming at and humiliating the actors The problem with Brooks is that you never know which Mel he s going to be at any given moment.Despite his flaws, Mel Brooks has made millions of us laugh until our faces hurt We watch his movies and Broadway shows and listen to his Emmy winning albums over and over again, and laugh just as hard the 20th time as we did the first He is, arguably, a comic genius And maybe that s enough.

  5. says:

    More like Funny Asshole.

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    Very disjointed with lots of information repeated over and over It becomes annoying, as I read this in chunks However, if you just want to read, say, the Blazing Saddles chapter, the added background detail repeated from earlier chapters is quite welcome.He seems to be a credit hogging, mean spirited, thin skinned, wildly funny crank.The author says in a footnote that he had never met in person with so many people who refused to be interviewed about the subject for fear of Brooks s anger and litigiousness.

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    This is an incredibly boring 600 page book that doesn t even start to cover Mel Brooks interesting career until around page 177, then goes into lengthy unnecessary detail about minute day to day things that you ll never care about, includes a whole lot of side stories about other people that don t directly relate to Brooks, before wrapping up the last 25 years of his life in the quick final 50 pages And virtually none of it is funny.The book confirms that Brooks is a complete jerk and horrible human being, at the same time overstating the success of many Brooks projects The writer is biased, including subjective language and making some things up when he doesn t know, and claims that many of Brooks TV shows and movies are successful when in truth his career is filled with mediocre flops and only a few true successes.There s too much about Anne Bancroft s career, which really has nothing to do with Brooks, and there is very little about their reported marriage issues I came away not having any better idea of the couple other than they like to play games with celebrity friends.The biggest disappointment is the very short section on the Broadway production of The Producers, which gets less space than some of Brooks movies that were royal flops.It s not worth reading, unless you just want reinforced what a terrible guy Mel Brooks is He certainly stole most of his ideas or became successful off the creativity of other people It makes him seem like an insensitive, overbearing fraud, not the genius the book jokingly proclaims him to be He wasn t a funny man and this isn t a funny book.

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    I m torn on this one It is a biography, so it naturally lacks the heart and honesty of an autobiography It has a lot of details, dates, dollars so it is a very interesting puzzle that was put together It is well written and the contract details throughout Mel s career are very interesting.My main struggle is that it paints a very unflattering picture of Mel The younger Mel always came in late, was loud mouthed and always wanted the main credit where it wasn t merited He comes across as a bully who lacks the discipline to create and follow through on an idea He was a good topper who could touch up other s ideas, but then he wanted the full credit Through most of his mid career, he seems to be concerned with the financial aspects of his contracts than the quality creativity of his work No matter how much or how little he contributes, he demands the full credit mainly for the financial repercussions For example, Young Frankenstein was mostly Gene Wilder s idea and script, but the credit went mainly to Mel no surprise the two didn t work together after that Mel and his lawyer demonstrated other worldly business acumen, but Mel should have been focused on the product The Producers was one of the first Broadway shows that was priced so high it keeps out the riff raff like me and it was of a money grab than a creative decision Those high rates have not gone down since A true artist would want everyone to have access to their craft, but it seemed that Mel would rather make money than have regular Joes actually be able to afford to see his musical.Mel was also a crappy father and husband to his first family There s a passage that suggests he hurried a financial settlement with his first wife so that her lawyer would not hear about the up coming success that will be Blazing Saddles He wanted to short his wife and three kids so he can make money His genius was as a second banana He could come in and improvise like on talk shows and be extremely funny But he was not good at sitting down and doing the hard work of hammering out a full story In the few tries he had control, the projects were not as successful I love the first half of The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein After that meh I wanted to love the man whose name is on these projects, but its hard to love the man who wanted all the credit and did less of the heavy lifting than was first assumed.In his later years, he seemed to become of a mensch, but considering all of the headaches and financial shenanigans he put most of his collaborators through, it comes across as hollow and a day late dollar short

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    The Mel Brooks biography really got off to a slow, boring start, but I decided to give it a little time Brooks may seem like a harmless, funny old guy in public and in the media, but he was really driven, actually obsessed with success and his need for acknowledgement, so much so that he became a dreadful person to deal with professionally and in his personal life The author thinks that some of Brooks s behavior seemed to come from his own father dying when Mel was about 2, but his mother and brothers doted on him, so maybe it just came from being a spoiled child who never grew up He was ruthless as a businessman, and cheated many people out of what should have been their rightful royalties and credits on projects that he claimed were entirely his creation After finishing the book, it is obvious that other than The Producers, Brooks never had another original idea Everything else was someone else s creative property, or a retread of his humor Additionally, he pretty much abandoned his first wife and was inconsistent about supporting their children There s a lot to dislike about this man The interesting parts of the book are the ones concerning his famous movies The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein and how they got written and produced I learned that his company, Brooksfilms, was also behind some well done, serious movies like The Elephant Man, and Frances about the actress, Frances Farmer Reading pages 428 through 434 will tell you everything you need to know about how he did business even if the law may have been on his side, he should be embarrassed by his lack of ethics In my opinion, Brooks totally defrauded the man who wrote the nonfiction novel that Frances was based on Shadowland , denying him any credit or compensation for his intellectual property, and bullying him in meetings and in court, which devastated the author Those few pages describing his behavior are horrifying to read The author notes that many of the people who were interviewed for the book declined to be identified What does that tell the reader While the author did his job in showing all sides of Brooks s personality, at the end, he gives him the lovable old guy pass On the whole, I came away with a much different opinion of this man, and I don t think I d read the book ever again, nor recommend it.

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    If you wanted a book extolling the virtues of Brooks and pointing out the hilarious comic bits straight from page 1, this is not the read for you With a very keen, and at times arduous hand, the author details Brooks rise to fame with particular emphasis on his work in the 1950s and 60s Relatively little is given over to the post History of the World era With a true biographer s touch, he gives us the warm Brooks and the tyrannical side If you enjoy these sorts of detailed biographies, then you will like the picture painted of a comic who does his best to promote, most of all, himself The lengthy portrait is complete with well documented figures of budget and contract stipulations, quotes from trade papers, interviews with those who worked with Brooks on various projects, and countless quips and quotes from Brooks himself In short, an objective work about a complex subjective person and persona My personal opinion of the book is that, like some of Brooks films, it lags in places with too much of an emphasis on who did what and how much money was earned or not earned and where what took place This is not the book you would pick up at the library of an easy read about one of the world s most beloved comedians writers producers directors It is one that you pick up to experience just how hard Brooks drove himself to get to where he is today To that end, the author succeeds valiantly It is not a work of flattery of the star, nor is it a work of complete demolition of his accomplishments It strikes a decent balance between the two, but only decent Being blind, I did not read the printed page, but the audio version of the biography The narrator had a habit of raising the pitch of his voice at the beginning of a sentence and then lowering it at the end, but in a way that became irritating after the middle of the book His attempt at impersonating Brooks accent was decent, but not great Much like the book itself, I ve heard better narrators, I ve heard worse ones.

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Funny Man characters Funny Man , audiobook Funny Man , files book Funny Man , today Funny Man , Funny Man 0ff87 A Deeply Textured And Compelling Biography Of Comedy Giant Mel Brooks, Covering His Rags To Riches Life And Triumphant Career In Television, Films, And Theater, From Patrick McGilligan, The Acclaimed Author Of Young Orson The Years Of Luck And Genius On The Path To Citizen Kane And Alfred Hitchcock A Life In Darkness And LightOscar, Emmy, Tony, And Grammy Award Winner Mel Brooks Was Behind And Sometimes In Front The Camera Too Of Some Of The Most Influential Comedy Hits Of Our Time, Including The , Year Old Man, Get Smart, The Producers, Blazing Saddles, And Young Frankenstein But Before This Actor, Writer, Director, Comedian, And Composer Entertained The World, His First Audience Was His FamilyThe Fourth And Last Child Of Max And Kitty Kaminsky, Mel Brooks Was Born On His Family S Kitchen Table In Brooklyn, New York, In , And Was Not Quite Three Years Old When His Father Died Of Tuberculosis Growing Up In A Household Too Poor To Own A Radio, Mel Was Short And Homely, A Mischievous Child Whose Birth Role Was To Make The Family LaughBeyond Boyhood, After Transforming Himself Into Mel Brooks, The Laughs That Came Easily Inside The Kaminsky Family Proved Elusive His Lifelong Crusade To Transform Himself Into A Brand Name Of Popular Humor Is At The Center Of Master Biographer Patrick McGilligan S Funny Man In This Exhaustively Researched And Wonderfully Novelistic Look At Brooks Personal And Professional Life, McGilligan Lays Bare The Strengths And Drawbacks That Shaped Brooks Psychology, His Willpower, His Persona, And His ComedyMcGilligan Insightfully Navigates The Epic Ride That Has Been The Famous Funnyman S Life Story, From Brooks S Childhood In Williamsburg Tenements And Breakthrough In Early Television Working Alongside Sid Caesar And Carl Reiner To Hollywood And Broadway Peaks And Valleys His Book Offers A Meditation On The Jewish Immigrant Culture That Influenced Brooks, Snapshots Of The Golden Age Of Comedy, Behind The Scenes Revelations About The Celebrated Shows And Films, And A Telling Look At The Four Decade Romantic Partnership With Actress Anne Bancroft That Superseded Brooks Troubled First Marriage Engrossing, Nuanced And Ultimately Poignant, Funny Man Delivers A Great Man S Unforgettable Life Story And An Anatomy Of The American Dream Of SuccessFunny Man Includes A Page Black And White Photo Insert

About the Author: Patrick McGilligan

Patrick McGilligan is the author of Clint one of America s pre eminent film biographers He has written the life stories of directors George Cukor and Fritz Lang both New York Times Notable Books and the Edgar nominated Alfred Hitchcock A Life in Darkness and Light His books have been translated into ten languages He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.