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Mel Brooks Understands Funny on a Deep, Numerical Level

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“One day, Mel and I had a debate over lunch about whether the year 1931 sounded funnier than 1934. He said, ‘Know your funny numbers!’” —Roger Bart, who will appear in the Broadway adaptation of Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein [PopMatters]

“He said he was in New Zealand and he asked if would we mind if he directed his own scene … We could live with Peter Jackson doing his own scene.” —Entourage creator Doug Ellin on Peter Jackson’s recent acting and directing cameo on the show [TV Week]

“As chivalric as it might sound, and as tooting-my-own-horn as it might sound, a woman coming onto a set for one day and having to take her clothes off and simulate coitus with me or anybody is a difficult situation.” —David Duchovny on the simulated coitus in Californication [AP]

“If I’m going to get some advice, wouldn’t I want it from Solomon? That man had a thousand wives. I mean, I want to talk to the guy who had a thousand women!”—Prince on why he consults the Bible regularly [NYDN]

“I would sooner, in exactly what I’m wearing, walk on the surface of the moon.” —Charlie Sheen on ex-wife Denise Richards’s request that he donate his sperm to her so she can have a third child [The Insider]

Mel Brooks Understands Funny on a Deep, Numerical Level