History of the World of Mel, Part I

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The funniest 2,000-plus-year-old man on Earth has just produced the funniest DVD collection of his life in the universe.

I don’t want to give it away, but here are some choice Mel Brooks quotes:

“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.”“Hope for the Best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We’re unrehearsed.”

“I have always been a huge admirer of my own work. I’m one of the funniest and most entertaining writers I know.”

“If presidents can’t do it to their wives, they do it to their country. ”

“Look at Jewish history. Unrelieved lamenting would be intolerable. So for every ten Jews beating their breasts, God designated one to be crazy and amuse the breast-beaters. By the time I was five I knew I was that one.”

“It’s good to be the king.”


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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →