• Gene Wilder dead at 83: Willy Wonka, Young Frankenstein star had Alzheimer’s (Videos)

    Gene Wilder, an inspirational presence in the comedy world who starred in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Producers, Blazing Saddles and many other iconic films, died today at the age of 83 in Stamford, Conn, where he lived. Though Wilder was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1989, it was complications from Alzheimer’s disease that eventually took his life, Wilder’s nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman revealed. Wilder never made his Alzheimer’s

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    Judd Apatow’s stand-up comedy resurrection

    Immaturity is funny, so says all-American comedy maven Judd Apatow, who’s best known for creating the genius, short-lived, cult TV show, Freaks and Geeks and his ensuing plethora of raunchy blockbusters. What Judd’s not so known for is his abridged stand-up career, which ran shorter than Webster’s legs. After an early 90’s writing and producing gig on The Ben Stiller Show, Apatow saw the light, dropped his microphone, and left

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    Mel Brooks shows off 11th finger on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    The legendary comedian, actor and producer Mel Brooks cemented his name in Hollywood history on Monday with a classic Mel twist. Brooks was honored at the Chinese Theatre on the Walk of Fame with a cement block of his hand and shoe prints. The 88-year-old comedian wanted to leave a joke on the sidewalk for future tourists to see by wearing a prosthetic sixth finger on his left hand. Onlookers

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    Judd Apatow’s new book will feature interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Jay Leno, more!

    Before he was the king of comedy movies, Judd Apatow was a comedy connoisseur. The Anchorman producer, who used to interview famous comedians for his high school radio station, will release a compilation book through Random House featuring interviews he’s conducted over the last 30 years. Stick in the Head will boast conversation transcriptions between Apatow and comedy icons like Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Lena Dunham (whose HBO

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    Conan O’Brien interviews Mel Brooks for 80 minutes (Video)

    In the latest installment of the the original Team Coco online series Serious Jibber-Jabber, Conan O’Brien sits down with legendary (and somewhat press shy) Mel Brooks. And you should probably watch it. Enjoy! Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Laughspin Podcast on iTunes or on SoundCloud for all the latest comedy news, audio clips and more! Listen to the most recent episode below!

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    Mel Brooks: I thought when Richard Pryor died, that was the end of comedy

    Mel Brooks, the self proclaimed Quentin Tarantino of his day and the most recent recipient of AFI’s Life Achievement Award, hasn’t given up on comedy. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Brooks says, “I thought when Richard Pryor died, that was the end of comedy. He was my favorite comedy talent. But we go on,” citing Sarah Silverman as “genuinely talented and funny” and part of the reason comedy

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    Watch an exclusive clip from the 25th Anniversary Edition of Spaceballs on Blu-ray

    Can you believe 25 years have passed since Mel Brooks’ now classic Star Wars spoof Spaceballs hit theaters? Well, it has! I even looked it up on IMDB and then used my calculator to do the subtraction. So, the info is legit. Plus, it plainly says it on the just-released Spaceballs Blu-ray “25th Anniversary Edition.” Which brings me to the video below. It’s an exclusive clip from the special features

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    Comedy giant Mel Brooks working on horror flick “Pizzaman”

    Mel Brooks has been cooking up a new horror project and he’s aiming to start shooting later this fall in Illinois. “I’ve got a script and I’ve got a director,” Brooks told Fangoria. “Pizzaman was written years ago by my longtime collaborators Steve Haberman and Rudy De Luca. They did Dracula: Dead And Loving It for me, a great horror/comedy film. Then they also did Life Stinks, in which I

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    Ben Stiller’s fake “Tropic Thunder” trailers inspire new Web series

    Inspired by the fake trailers sprinkled into 2008’s Tropic Thunder, Ben Stiller is set to launch The Fake Trailer Project– essentially a series of 12 trailer parodies offered as a new Web series. The trailers will be unveiled one week at a time beginning in late fall or early winter, reports Deadline. Stiller’s Red Hour Digital is producing and will be pooling some of the best writers, directors and actors

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