Synopsis by Hal Erickson
In 1961, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner cut a comedy record entitled The 2000 Year Old Man. Largely ad-libbed, the routine consisted of an interview, conducted by Reiner, of the world's oldest living man, played by Brooks. Their freewheeling conversation covers such topics as the earliest known language ("basic Rock"), the discovery of women, the invention of laughter, the creation of the Cross (it was easier to put together than the Star of David), and the 2,000-Year-Old Man's relationship with Robin Hood ("He stole from everybody and kept everything -- he just had a good press agent") and Joan of Arc ("Know her? I went with her!"). The routine was peppered with such observations as "I have 25,000 children...and not one of them ever writes!" At the height of Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles-generated movie popularity, a half-hour animated cartoon utilizing the original "2000 Year Old Man" recording as its soundtrack was produced by Leo Salkin Films and Crossbow/Acre Enterprises. This TV cartoon special first aired January 11, 1975.
interview, elderly, history, life, man, reminiscence
High Historical Importance