Reiner and Brooks were first thrown
together back in the 50s, when Carl Reiner was a co-star on Sid
Caesars TV show, and Mel Brooks was one of the writers. The pairing
resulted in some of the best bits in comedy history. Even after a long
day at work, these two wanted more. At parties, Carl would start impromptu
interviews, thinking up some improbable character and tossing it to Mel.
I never told him what it was going to be, Reiner later recalled,
but I always tried for something that would force him to go into
a panicbecause a brilliant mind in panic is a wonderful thing to
see. In 1960, the first Reiner and Brooks album became a hit, and
it led to two sequels. Audiences loved Mel Brooks bluntly bombastic
comedy style. As Carl Reiner admitted, That was a turning point
for Mel. It gave him an identity as a performer for the first time.
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