R.I.P., Carl Reiner

Two of the funniest people ever. Now there’s one less.

God damn it. Who is Mel gonna watch movies with now?

I first stumbled across Carl Reiner via “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Then it was “The 2000 Year Old Man,” Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,” “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” and all the rest of it.

He never retired. And he never will. God is laughing His ass off right now.

• Late update: Rudolfo Anaya, author of the groundbreaking Chicano novel “Bless Me, Última,” has likewise shoved off. ¡Chale! Que triste es la vida!


7 Responses to “R.I.P., Carl Reiner”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Another good one bites the dust.

  2. SAO' Says:

    Air Force vet, just like his buddy Dick Van Dyke. Interesting military service record. I think he signed up for intel or communications or something techie, was instantly snatched to do USO/MWR comedy tours. I mean, you’d have to be one dumb ass company commander not to recognize that talent.

    • SAO' Says:

      I think Dick Van Dyke was similar, difference with him was he did the drop out of school, lie about your age thing to enlist. Just got his high school degree a couple of years ago.

  3. SAO' Says:

    Can you imagine Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Imogen Coca, and Sid Caeser sitting around, chasing coffee with bourbon and smoking non-stop, trying to copy down all of the wise cracks and put them into a coherent sketch? It’s just math that the editing room floor was filled with enough jokes to keep us laughing for a hundred years, just counting the scraps that never actually made it into a skit.

  4. matlinp Says:

    I will miss him on Twitter, but dang what a good and long life he had. We are all the better for it.

  5. Libby Says:

    Mel can watch movies with Larry David. “Mel” cast “Larry” in his musical of “The Producers” in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.

    Carl Reiner has a hilarious cameo in “The Thrill of it All” (1963). The screenplay of this satirical romantic comedy was written by Reiner from a story by Larry Gelbart. Madison Avenue, suburban life, marriage, and sexism are skewered in the film starring Doris Day and James Garner. Arlene Francis, Edward Andrews, Zasu Pitts, Elliott Reid, Alice Pearce Reiner and many other great character actors appear. I saw this movie as a child with my entire family! We were in between trains on a roasting hot day in Chicago. This is one of my very favorite movies to this day. It has great sight gags, too. Even though we were kids, all of us “got” the jokes and certain scenes are legend. We repeat some lines to this day. The children in the movie have great lines and can spot details “too subtle for the American tv audience at home to notice”. So sayeth the admen in “The Thrill of it All”.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      “The Thrill of it All” is also the title of a book my man Chris Coursey has recommended to me. Sez Chris to me he sez: “‘The Thrill of it All’ is the fictional history of a rock ’n’ roll band from the London suburbs in the 1980s. A word salad full of wonderful, creative language, and a pretty fun story too. By Joseph O’Connor, who seems to have been to at least third base with the Blarney Stone.”

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