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from NPR

Mel Brooks says his only regret as a comedian is the jokes he didn’t tell

by Terry Gross

Mel Brooks (shown here in 1984) calls comedy his “delicious refuge” from the world: “I hide in humor and comedy. I love it.” Larry Ellis/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

As a child in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Mel Brooks assumed he would grow up to work in Manhattan’s garment district. That’s what most of the kids in his working-class Jewish neighborhood did.

But everything changed when he saw his first Broadway musical — Anything Goes, starring Ethel Merman.

“My hands stung from applauding so much after it was over,” he says. “And I remember going back in Uncle Joe’s cab and I remember saying as he was driving me back home to Williamsburg, ‘Uncle Joe, Uncle Joe! I’m going to do that! … I want to be in show business!’ “

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Posted on December 7, 2021 by Editor

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