Mel Brooks Quotes
Birth PlaceBrooklyn, New York, United States
MotherKate, Kate Kaminsky
SpouseAnne Bancroft (m. 1964–2005), Florence Baum
EducationBrooklyn College, Abraham Lincoln High School, Eastern District High School, Virginia Military Institute
Mel Brooks the ace comedian was once at the verge of plummeting to ground from the window of a multi-storied hotel's suite. It was during the time he was working with Sid Caesar the creator of comedy show, 'Your Show of Shows'. The duo were in Chicago and were in Caesar's hotel suite room, sharing drinks and introspecting their recent performance. Sid was not happy about how some of the jokes fared and since Mel was the writer he was stuck re-writing them.
They got the two of them right but could not wrap their head around the third one. They were up till three in the night and Sid would smoke cigar after cigar. Mel who was by then suffocated with the smoke got up and said, “Sid, I need air, I can’t breathe.” Hearing this Caesar stood up as if he were a man possessed and grabbed Mel by the seat of his pants and carried him all the way to the window and left him dangling. Mel was staring at the melee of taxis rushing by the road below still unable to comprehend things. Sid yelled “Do you have enough air? Are you happy?!” And Mel shouted back, “Oh, yeah, plenty, plenty!” Hearing this he hauls Brook back in and the two complete the remaining work. Mel reminiscences that since the fateful day he never complained again.