Non­fic­tion

All About Me! My Remark­able Life in Show Business

  • From the Publisher
November 8, 2020

At 95, the leg­endary Mel Brooks con­tin­ues to set the stan­dard for com­e­dy across tele­vi­sion, film, and the stage. Now, for the first time, this EGOT (Emmy, Gram­my, Oscar, Tony) win­ner shares his sto­ry in his own words.

Laugh-out-loud hilar­i­ous and always fas­ci­nat­ing, from the great Mel Brooks. What else do you expect from the man who knew Jesus and dat­ed Joan of Arc?”—Bil­ly Crystal


For any­one who loves Amer­i­can com­e­dy, the long wait is over. Here are the nev­er-before-told, behind-the-scenes anec­dotes and remem­brances from a mas­ter sto­ry­teller, film­mak­er, and cre­ator of all things fun­ny.

All About Me! charts Mel Brooks’s mete­oric rise from a Depres­sion-era kid in Brook­lyn to the recip­i­ent of the Nation­al Medal of Arts. Whether serv­ing in the Unit­ed States Army in World War II, or dur­ing his bur­geon­ing career as a teenage come­di­an in the Catskills, Mel was always min­ing his expe­ri­ences for mate­r­i­al, always look­ing for the per­fect joke. His icon­ic career began with Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, where he was part of the great­est writ­ers’ room in his­to­ry, which includ­ed Carl Rein­er, Neil Simon, and Lar­ry Gel­bart. After co-cre­at­ing both the mega-hit 2000 Year Old Man com­e­dy albums and the clas­sic tele­vi­sion series Get Smart, Brooks’s stel­lar film career took off. He would go on to write, direct, and star in The Pro­duc­ers, The Twelve Chairs, Blaz­ing Sad­dles, Young Franken­stein, Silent Movie, High Anx­i­ety, and Space­balls, as well as pro­duce ground­break­ing and eclec­tic films, includ­ing The Ele­phant Man, The Fly, and My Favorite Year. Brooks then went on to con­quer Broad­way with his record-break­ing, Tony-win­ning musi­cal, The Pro­duc­ers.
 
All About Me! offers fans insight into the inspi­ra­tion behind the ideas for his out­stand­ing col­lec­tion of bound­ary-break­ing work, and offers details about the many close friend­ships and col­lab­o­ra­tions Brooks had, includ­ing those with Sid Cae­sar, Carl Rein­er, Gene Wilder, Madeleine Kahn, Alfred Hitch­cock, and the great love of his life, Anne Bancroft.
 
Filled with tales of strug­gle, achieve­ment, and cama­raderie (and dozens of pho­tographs), read­ers will gain a more per­son­al and deep­er under­stand­ing of the incred­i­ble body of work behind one of the most accom­plished and beloved enter­tain­ers in history.

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