Mel Brooks’ Autobiography
Brooks retells many entertaining and informative stories about his life.
What more could we want from an American-Jewish comedy legend? The humor is strong, the writing is clear, and the account of many comic successes is convincing. What is missing? Some dark tales from the other side. This narrative acknowledges minor setbacks, but the author makes it sound as if Mel (born Melvin Kaminsky) has had a charmed life and experienced virtually no setbacks. Maybe that’s true–I don’t know! I bet there are some unsavory things he has left out. This is not a tell-all memoir, but rather, as the subtitle says, a parade of “my remarkable life in show business.” Brooks is no Jean-Jacques Rousseau, confessing his youthful sins or adult missteps.
Distributed in hardcover and paperback. Even better is the audio, available on Audible, because we get to hear Mel narrate his own life story. Nice gift for holiday travel or just staying at home.