Born: 28th June 1926, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Melvin Brooks is an American actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, and composer. He is known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. Brooks began his career as a comic and a writer for the early TV variety show Your Show of Shows. He became well known as part of the comedy duo with Carl Reiner in the comedy skit The 2000 Year Old Man. He also created, with Buck Henry, the hit television comedy series Get Smart, which ran from 1965 to 1970.
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That's Mel Brooks (with the phone cord around his neck) on the bottom right-hand corner of this epic Oscar-themed cover for MAD #231 (June '82) - the only U.S. MAD cover job given to Harry North, Esq., who had illustrated several covers for the British edition of MAD. Mel Brooks' 1981 bomb History Of The World, Part I got a brief going-over from artist Mort Drucker and writer Stan Hart in this portion of "MAD's Academy Awards Show." Originally running in MAD #231 (June '82), which featured Brooks and several other Hollywood biggies on the cover.
I find this gag funnier after having finally seen Spaceballs a few weekends ago (only 30 years after its original release!). Artist Gerry Gersten used a unique paper-cutting approach for the artwork that accompanied writer Mike Snider's text for "You Always Remember...You Never Remember..." It originally ran in MAD #307 (December '91).