Mel Brooks: Honored With L.A. Film Critics Career Achievement Award

Mel Brooks to Be Honored With L.A. Film Critics Career Achievement Award

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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) has announced that legendary filmmaker Mel Brooks will receive the LAFCA Career Achievement Award.

Brooks began as a comic and writer on Sid Caesar’s variety show, “Your Show of Shows” and went on to create the comic character The 2000 Year Old Man with Carl Reiner. Brooks also wrote TV comedy series “Get Smart” with Buck Henry.

“Mel Brooks is a national treasure and a comedy filmmaking legend,” said LAFCA president Claudia Puig. “Most of our members could probably quote whole swathes of his screenplays.” She added, “He not only has made us laugh uproariously, he has broken comic barriers and paved the way for and influenced generations of filmmakers after him.”

Brooks’ filmography includes “The Producers,” “Twelve Chairs,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Silent Movie” and “High Anxiety.” Brooks is also an EGOT winner, winning his Tony Award for “The Producers.”

In 2014, Brooks said he wouldn’t change anything about his heady early years in New York even if he could.

“Life was good. Writing comedy for skilled, important comedians in the ’50s and ’60s was heaven,” Brooks said.

LAFCA’s other top awards will be decided by the membership on  Dec. 12, and those winners will be honored along with Brooks early next year.

Up next for Brooks is “History of the World, Part II” with Hulu ordering a variety series follow up to the classic comedy film. The film was made up of segments set during different periods of world history. Among those was the Stone Age, Ancient Rome, and the French Revolution. Like most of Brooks’ work, it also featured musical numbers, including one about the Spanish Inquisition and, of course, “Jews in Space.”

Brooks is a writer and executive producer on the series along with Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen and Kevin Salter.