Mel Brooks on “Blazing Saddles”

“Entertainment Weekly” has a nice interview with Brooks on the funniest film he ever made (which shortlists it as The Funniest Film Of All Time).

It’s worth reading and recommending, and I wanted to make damned sure that even if you didn’t click through to it you saw this quote:

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In comedy, the rule of three often applies, but you blew past that in the bean-fueled campfire scene. How did you decide how many farts were the correct number of farts?
That’s a very good question. I had a rough cut, and maybe I had 16 farts. Things didn’t get exciting until the fourth or fifth one, and the laughter began to diminish around the 12th fart, so I said, “Okay, cut it off at 12.” I did it kind of systematically. I do a lot of homework.

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There you go: a master at work. Seriously. Putting in fart jokes doesn’t mean a writer is lazy. You’re only lazy if you put in a fart joke without any awareness of why they work and how to use them.

A new 40th-anniversary BluRay edition is coming out on May 6. Get it now, before the next special edition comes out.