All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business

Ballantine. Nov. 2021. 480p. ISBN 9780593159118. $29.99. MEMOIR
Brooks is truly a legend of American comedy, and though it has taken him 95 years to write his memoir, it was certainly worth the wait. In a narrative filled with hilarious digressions, he discusses growing up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; serving in World War II; working as a writer on Your Show of Shows; meeting collaborators Carl Reiner, Anne Bancroft (to whom Brooks was married until her death in 2005), and Gene Wilder; creating Get Smart; writing and directing iconic films like Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein; and adapting his movie The Producers into a triumphant Broadway musical. Brooks has told many of these stories countless times over the years, but they remain as funny and endearing as ever, especially when presented in the full context of his life. It’s a story told by an inveterate writer in a wonderfully conversational style, with a hint of childlike wonder at the things he’s been able to experience and create, and a strong dose of humble bragging. But as Brooks himself would say, it’s not bragging if it’s the truth.
VERDICT A must-read for fans of comedy, film, and theater.
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