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|Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks|
2000 Years With Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks
Genres: Special Interest, Pop
As the first album to feature Mel Brooks's 2000 Year Old Man character (with the indispensable Carl Reiner playing straight man), 2000 Years With... is a vital introduction to the long-running act that made Brooks a star. ... more »
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As the first album to feature Mel Brooks's 2000 Year Old Man character (with the indispensable Carl Reiner playing straight man), 2000 Years With... is a vital introduction to the long-running act that made Brooks a star. That's putting a lot of weight on a collection that, at about 37 minutes total, devotes just 13 minutes devoted to the title character. Still, it's an auspicious start: in that short time, Brooks delights and the duo sets the tone for an enduring, classic character. The rest of the collection runs along the same lines as the title sketch, with Reiner interviewing Brooks as a variety of characters, including Fabiola (a young singing sensation), an "astronaut," a not-so-native Peruvian, a psychiatrist, and four denizens of a coffeehouse. This 1960 release may have aged, but time hasn't passed it by. --Randy Silver
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"A comedy classic that has aged well"
(4 out of 5 stars)
"One of the funniest comedy albums that ever came from the 60's. The ad-libbing by Brooks is so sharp and witty that you'll laugh each time you hear them, no matter how many times you listen to this disc. Reiner is the perfect straitman for this type of comedy,trying to be professional in the midst of Brooks' madness."
Not as great as I expected
Michael Riordan | Washington, DC | 02/01/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The album is only 37 minutes, which is the first disappointing thing about it, but not the only. Unfortunately, a lot of the humor seems timely, as in: it wasn't funny to me because this isn't the sixties. I think a lot of the references and humor are based around issues of that time or characters of that time. Our concepts of folk singers, of artists, of actors have all changed--perhaps not terribly much, but the cultural landmarks have shifted since this album. The 2000-year-old man is pretty good, but not even that was as hilarious as I had been led to believe. I'm going to give the album to my dad, as he knows the times (and the material) first-hand and I'm sure would appreciate it much more than I."
Comedy Classic Gem.
tvtv3 | Sorento, IL United States | 05/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's hard to believe, but Mel Brooks' career starting taking off when he teamed up with Carl Reiner to do comedy albums. Long before YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN or THE PRODUCERS or BLAZING SADDLES, Brooks was a kind of stand-up comic who worked best doing ad-lib with a partner and Reiner was the perfect partner. I first heard about this album from my Dad and he told me it was a great piece of comedy. Though some of the material on the album might not seem as fresh to young audiences today, it's still classic comedy. The perfect timing between Brooks and Reiner is unbelivable. Reiner had the hardest job, having to keep playing the straight man to whatever Brooks threw out, but he never lost his beat. Younger audiences might not be able to fully appreciate the genius of the classical comedy album, but for those who have an appreciation for true comedy and haven't been warped by the "era of irony", 2000 YEARS WITH CARL REINER AND MEL BROOKS is worth listening to."