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It's Good to Be the King: Comedy Icon Mel Brooks to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

It's Good to Be the King: Comedy Icon Mel Brooks to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award
Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks will receive the AFI Life Achievement Award in June.

Legendary comic (and member of the EGOT elite) Mel Brooks can add another trophy to his already-crowded mantle. The writer, director and actor will receive the AFI Life Achievement Award on June 6 during a gala telecast that will air on TNT and TCM, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Brooks' extensive list of film credits include The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, History of the World: Part 1, Spaceballs, Silent Movie and High Anxiety.

Brooks also changed the face of Broadway with his record-setting musical The Producers, the Tony-winning stage adaptation of his 1968 hit film. He also brought his 1974 classic Young Frankenstein to the stage in 2007. Three of Brooks’ most beloved films fall on the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 comedy movies of the last century, with Young Frankenstein clocking in at #13, The Producers at #11 and Blazing Saddles at #6.

For a quick reminder of Brooks’ contributions to Broadway (and the world of comedy at large), look no further than the grandfather of irreverent musical numbers, “Springtime for Hitler.”

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