Exploring the Art of Satire with Mel Brooks
Between the late seventies until the early 20s, comedy movies were divided into two categories: shorter films longer than feature lengths and sketches collection. Well-crafted and often highly regarded, the first category boasted such titles as Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles” (), “Young Frankenstein” (), “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (and “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” (), as well as the beloved Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker creations, “Airplane!” (and “The naked gun” ().
In , Mel Brooks released the movie “Young Frankenstein” and then in came the “History of the World, Part 1”. The film covered concepts such as that of the Stone Age, the Old Testament and the Roman empire, ending with a fake teaser-trailer for “History of the World, Part II”, which was never made until the present. The series of eight episodes on Hulu’s website, “History of the World, Part II” follows the same tone as its predecessor. It takes a funny approach to historical events via humor, featuring jokes that vary from funny to recent references and even Mel Brooks movies. Additionally, there are classic routines scattered throughout.
The show is frequently similar to the endless stream of witty tweets on Twitter, however, it’s never always fun. Although some scenes may seem repetitive and unintentionally miss the mark but there’s plenty funny humor that can be found. Sometimes, pastiche may become more awe-inspiring form of humor than satire. In this case, for example, five characters from “Russian Revolution” that sing songs that express their hopes and dreams, mirrors exactly the type of bridge in music that’s often seen at Act’s end in Broadway shows prior to intermission.
In the beginning of the series, Mel Brooks, an revered American resource, stated, “Hello! Mel Brooks is an American precious treasure. People call me the hero of their generation, while other think I’m an icon.” He is the Executive Producer and Host, along with talented comedians such as Wanda Sykes and Ike Barinholtz, Kumail Nanjiani and Quinta Brunson. Black’s Stalin is also a dependable character who wants to be acknowledged one day. This list isn’t complete.
Review of production values for this sketch comedy about Shirley Chisholm, the first Black congresswoman (Sykes) makes a nod to sitcoms such as “Good Times” or “The Jeffersons”. In addition, a hilarious parody of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” titled “Curb Your Judaism” features Kroll as Judas and various “Curb” regulars playing different characters in Larry David’s series. Dove Cameron’s portrayal of Anastasia (a Self-conscious online influencer) is also hilarious.
It’s Princess Anastasia. You may be feeling unmotivated and your financial difficulties have made it difficult. I’ve decided to aid by offering a video tutorial on how to contour your cheeks. Also, keeping in mind the influence of popular music from the past, I’ve written a fun satire about The Beatles’ “Get Back” track that takes place in the present day, alluding to current streaming services such as Hulu.
In the end, the quality of the productions in this collection of sketches about Shirley Chisholm (Sykes) accurately honor classic sitcoms like “Good Times” as well as “The Jeffersons”. The comedy that was part of Curb Your Enthusiasm titled “Curb Your Judaism”, was an intelligent and hilarious ode for Larry David. It featured excellent performances from Nick Kroll and the other cast members from the”Curb” from the beginning “Curb”. Dove Cameron played Anastasia and made for a hilarious and entertaining addition to the show.