All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business

Penguin Random House Audio. Nov. 2021. 15:06 hrs. ISBN 9780593290743. $25. FILM
Brooks may be 95 years old, but his distinctive and familiar voice is still vigorous, ingratiating, and funny. He still lands a punchline with finesse. He should, since the stories he shares in this 15-hour unabridged audiobook of his memoir have been polished over decades of talk show appearances and TV specials. Brooks focuses on his professional life rather than his private life (although he begins with his Brooklyn childhood experiences and military life prior to writing for Sid Caesar, and tales from his 40-year marriage to Anne Bancroft occasionally pop up). Brooks offers behind-the-scenes tales of writing and filming such classic comedies as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, and Spaceballs. He also reads a lot of hilarious material from his films, his “2,000-Year-Old Man” comedy albums with Carl Reiner and classic Your Show of Shows skits, proving great comedy stands the test of time. He also offers insightful anecdotes about turning The Producers into a Broadway musical and its bumpy road to success.
VERDICT A comedy legend shares tales of making his classic movies, celebrity encounters, and some of his funniest material. This is a masterclass in comedy not to be missed.
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