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It's Good to Be the King: The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks #2020

It's Good to Be the King: The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks By James Robert Parish It s Good to Be the King The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks This book traces the extraordinary life and career of Mel Brooks who has ridden a wave of show business success perhaps unsurpassed by anyone of his generation Offering many insights into the wacky w
  • Title: It's Good to Be the King: The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks
  • Author: James Robert Parish
  • ISBN: 9780471752677
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It's Good to Be the King: The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks By James Robert Parish This book traces the extraordinary life and career of Mel Brooks, who has ridden a wave of show business success perhaps unsurpassed by anyone of his generation Offering many insights into the wacky world of Brooks and his many collaborators, as well as an intimate look into his successful marriage to the brilliant and beautiful actress Anne Bancroft, It s Good to Be theThis book traces the extraordinary life and career of Mel Brooks, who has ridden a wave of show business success perhaps unsurpassed by anyone of his generation Offering many insights into the wacky world of Brooks and his many collaborators, as well as an intimate look into his successful marriage to the brilliant and beautiful actress Anne Bancroft, It s Good to Be the King might just be the most delightful, engaging, and entertaining biography you ll ever read.
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    About "James Robert Parish"

    1. James Robert Parish

      James Robert Parish, a former entertainment reporter, publicist, and book series editor, is the author of many published major biographies and reference books on the entertainment industry including Whitney Houston We Will Always Love You The Hollywood Book of Extravagance It s Good to Be the King The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks The Hollywood Book of Breakups Fiascos Hollywood s Iconic Flops The Hollywood Book of Love Jet Li The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood The Hollywood Book of Death Gus Van Sant Whoopi Goldberg Rosie O Donnell s Story The Unofficial Murder, She Wrote Casebook Today s Black Hollywood Let s Talk America s Favorite TV Talk Show Hosts Prison Pictures from Hollywood Prostitution in Hollywood Films The Great Cop Pictures Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films Pirates and Seafaring Swashbucklers on the Hollywood Screen Gays and Lesbians in Mainstream Cinema Hollywood s Great Love Teams and The Fox Girls Mr Parish is a frequent oncamera interviewee on cable and network TV for documentaries on the performing arts The author resides in Studio City, California.

    512 Comments

    1. No doubt is one hard driven complex funny lunatic Nice revealing book about a complex man The author touches on the failures as well as the triumphs which makes Brook s life real.


    2. I think there was nothing wrong, per se, with this book it s just not my genre However, it was great for book club It got us into speaking about comedy in general and about Mel Brooks in general, and what s wrong with comedy right now overall, and some good sources of watching old comedies, and generally we just discussed some of Mel Brooks s successes and some of his personality quirks and failings As I say, it was a great book club book The book itself was eh , but it led to good discussion An [...]


    3. The author mistakenly asserts the Brooks was the inspiration for Neil Simon s Odd Couple, which isn t true and would have been incredibly easy for the author to check as even has the accurate story Instead, he includes a boring, meandering story just to make his little error And that s pretty much how the entire book goes The ONLY reason to read this book is because there isn t another Mel Brooks biograpy, and even then it s a close run match.


    4. The Author does a masterful job of weaving the humor of Mel Brooks with the seriousness of Brook sambitions and the ups and downs of his very creative life When I finished reading, I believed that if I met Mel Brooks, I would know his deepest persona I highly recommend this book for those who have enjoyed Mel Brooks over the years.



    5. I didn t realize that Mel Brooks took his work quite so seriously I also didn t know how hard he had to work to break into show business I suppose I should have Most entertainers are only overnight sensations after they put in years of hard work and paying dues.I learned a few things about screenwriting and writing comedy, in particular After writing a script in 30 days myself, working mornings and weekends, I thought someone that devoted full time to it would be able to knock one out in a few m [...]


    6. Reading it now Pretty interesting I always like reading the backgrounds of famous comedy legends So far I ve read Steve Martin s autobiography, Standing Up, and Second City Unscripted, kind of an oral history of Second City in Chicago, told by dozens of people who have been involved with it over the years And just a couple nights ago I watched Joan Rivers A Piece of Work, which was good I love talking about and listen to other people talk seriously about comedy It s fascinating.But anyway, this [...]


    7. Filled with interesting anecdotes and quotes from Mel Brooks, this book has its definite charms However, the writing, itself, leaves much to be desired Parish is clunky, at best, and is one of those authors who insists on using synonyms sometimes awkward ones of words he has just used earlier in a paragraph, to avoid repetition While this is often good practice, in the hands on an unskilled writer it just feels amateurish I also wish he had used footnotes or endnotes for all of his material So, [...]


    8. This is not the best written book in the world but absent an autobiography from the man himself, a good substitute If you are a fan of Brooks work then this is a must read I got this as a gift from my daughter who can pick them for the old man Last year an autobiography of June Foray and this one this year.


    9. Mel Brooks is insanely funny and thankfully for us, it is catching His stories show the progression from the hills of the Catskills to Broadway.He has worked with the funniest people on both sides of the camera His own productions have a troupe of performers that work with him on many of his works.This is a laugh out loud book and I recommend it


    10. I am reading this as it s the only book about Mel Brooks that includes his entire movie career I m not completely satisfied with this author s writing style, but until Brooks writes an autobiography, this is the best one can do.


    11. Not a well written biography Unfortunately it is the only one available It reads like a compendium of and then I wrote this or produced that with very little background and only a small amount of input from people who know Mel It is better then nothing, but not by much.


    12. Seemed like a pretty thorough chronicle of Mel s life However, the author seems to have no respect for chronology, as the reader finds himself frequently whipsawed between the 60s to the 80s to the 70s and then back again.


    13. A Well written biography of the man who gave us some of the funniest movies ever From his beginnings in the Jewish section of NYC through the TV studios with Sid Caesar to Hollywood and commercial fame and success, the account details his self doubts, failures, and ultimate success.


    14. Couldn t believe that Mel inspire one playwright to base a character on him, that was later turned into a hit TV series An interesting journey through the life of comedy legend Mel Brooks.


    15. I m sure in depth bios will appear, but for now, this is the place to start for an overview of the life and accomplishment of this amazingly funny guy.


    16. A rather straight forward accounting of Mel Brooks life The last third of the book is about his movies Curiously devoid of any spark of life.Read for 2009 Spring Challenge 5.8





    17. A good, interesting bio of a man with a long storied career Brooks has been knocked down several times, but always manages to get back up on top One of my all time favorite comedians.


    18. I learned that Mel Brooks is complex he s a little ball of lovable and insufferable I ve also learned that critics are absolute idiots.



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