Mel Brooks Quotes

When I saw “Hamilton” I wrote, “It’s the best musical ever on Broadway (except for ‘The Producers’).” That’s how it is in show-business. It’s always, “You’re good – but you’re not me!”

People say, “Out of the suffering of Jews, the need to laugh is critical for the survival of the race.” But we didn’t become comics out of misery. We became comics because there are a lot of laughs in Jewish households.

Bullshit! (reply to Playboy interviewer who commented “You have been accused of vulgarity”)

Look, I really don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive, you got to flap your arms and legs, you got to jump around a lot, you got to make a lot of noise, because life is the very opposite of death. And therefore, as I see it, if you’re […]

I went into show business to make a noise, to “pronounce myself”. I want to go on making the loudest noise to the most people.

Humor is just another defense against the universe.

My comedy is midnight blue. Not black comedy – I like people too much.