Flashback Friday: History of the World: Part I (1981)

Mel Brooks is a legend for a reason. His comedy is hilarious, gut-busting, not exactly politically correct, and has kept generations of fans entertained.

His 1981 film, History of The World: Part I is a series of short stories about various times in world history told as only Brooks can. The list of co-stars is impressive (many of whom starred in multiple Brooks movies): Gregory Hines, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, etc.

Like all Mel Brooks productions, the movie is highly laughable and highly quotable. Every time I put this one on, I know that I will have a good time. Though I bristle at the extreme sexism in the French Revolution section (even when I know it is satire), I love Madeline Kahn’s character during the Roman era. It is Kahn at her best.

The other section that I look forward to every time is the Inquisition. As he did in The Producers, he mocks and takes the power away from the haters while making the viewer laugh.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

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Flashback Friday-The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978)

Before Tina Fey, Rosie O’ Donnell, Leslie Jones, Amy Schumer, etc, there was Carol Burnett. Blazing the trail for female comedians for generations to come, Ms. Burnett is widely remembered for her work on the self titled comedy show, The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978).

Leading a comedy troupe that included Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman and Tim Conway, the show lasted 11 years and continues to be one of great comedies shows of any era of television. While there are so many legendary skits to choose from, the one that I and many others love best is the hilarious Gone With The Wind spoof.

Both the actress and the show were trailblazers. Not just for the incredibly comedy, but for the idea that women could be legitimately funny and play fully formed characters.

I recommend it.

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