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The History of Mel

Mel Brooks inks deal to write his memoir. The legendary funnyman will cover his five decades in show business -- and even HE can't wait to read it

Mel Brooks | GOOD HUMOR MAN Brooks will babble the details of his career -- from ''Blazing Saddles'' to ''The Producers'' -- in his memoir
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GOOD HUMOR MAN Brooks will babble the details of his career -- from ''Blazing Saddles'' to ''The Producers'' -- in his memoir

The 2,000 Year Old Man shows no signs of slowing down: Mel Brooks has just signed with HarperEntertainment to write what the publisher is calling ''an anecdotal memoir'' about his five decades in show business -- from ''Your Show of Shows'' through ''Blazing Saddles'' to the Broadway incarnation of ''The Producers.''

''You have to jump on an opportunity to publish a comedy genius like this,'' says exec editor Mauro DiPreta. The irrepressible comic had this to say about the book deal: ''I have always been a huge admirer of my own work. I'm one of the funniest and most entertaining writers I know. And I just can't wait to read my book.'' He'll have to wait only until next year.

Originally posted Jan 15, 2003 Published in issue #691 Jan 17, 2003 Order article reprints
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