Mel Brooks once quipped about the difference between comedy and tragedy:
“Tragedy is when I cut my finger.
Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.”
Is that ‘Shadenfreude’?
Forget ‘Men in Tights’ – his film ‘The Producers’ is to my mind, the funniest film ever made (except maybe for Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’). Featuring tragic comedy genius Zero Mostel. I say tragic because he was blacklisted during the Senator McCarthy Witch-hunts.
He also did an Arena show years ago – interviewed by Alan Yentob. Brooks was hilarious, and nuts. He made Robin Williams’ television guest appearances look Narcoleptic.