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Mel Brooks Knocks ‘Em Dead at St. Paul Synagogue

Mel Brooks

It was advertised as a “Capp-tivating evening.” That was because the honorees happened to be Martin and Esther Capp who had given generously to Temple Aaron in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The reason it was captivating as well as Capp-tivating, as described by Max Leibowitz of Twin Cities Daily Planet, was because the 2, 000 year old man himself, looking energetic and young for his age, almost as if he were only 88, Mel Brooks, brought laughter to a synagogue in St. Paul. He managed to forgive the emcee for introducing him as Woody Allen, and then told stories about the Borscht Belt. “I’d like to take you all back, ” he said, “but my car only seats six.”

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He spoke of the tremendous responsibility as a young man in charge of the sour cream on the Borscht belt circuit. “But it wasn’t the sour cream that killed them.” No, it was trying to hit high notes of show tunes.

After his outrageous reminiscences, an audience member asked him if he could make a Part 2 of one film, what would it be. He replied:





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