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Mel Brooks (photo by Steven R Stack)

Mel Brooks

(Writer, director, composer, actor and producer; born June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York)He simply will not take himself seriously, and he has kept the world laughing for decades. However, this is serious fun. "Humor is just another defense against the universe," Mel Brooks once said. "Look at Jewish history: Unrelieved lamenting would be intolerable. So, for every ten Jews beating their breast, God designated one to be crazy and amuse the breast-beaters.