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Mel Brooks: ‘Stupidly Politically Correct Society is the Death of Comedy’

Rozina Sabur reports: Society’s “stupidly politically correct” sensibilities will lead to the “death of comedy”, the veteran Hollywood comedian Mel Brooks has warned.

Brooks, known for his plethora of acclaimed comedy movies, said political correctness was becoming a stranglehold on comedians.

“It’s not good for comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks,” he said.

“Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behaviour.”

The producer and director said that his iconic western parody Blazing Saddles could not be made in today’s political climate.

Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles Credit: Alamy

Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles Credit: Alamy

The 1974 comedy western starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder featured a black sheriff in a racist town.

Brooks said it was the racial prejudice portrayed within the film that was the mechanism behind its cultural significance.

“Without that the movie would not have had nearly the significance, the force, the dynamism and the stakes that were contained in it,” he said.

The director said he could find comedy in almost everything but conceded there were areas even he would not mine for material … (read more)

Source: telegraph.co.uk

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3 Comments on “Mel Brooks: ‘Stupidly Politically Correct Society is the Death of Comedy’”

  1. tom says:

    Right on !!! Cruel Comedy in the long run is never funny. Self Depreciating Comedy lasts. A Bob Newhart is 10 X the comic that Colbert will ever be.

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