Mel Brooks on life with out finest good friend Carl Reiner: ‘I miss him a lot’

Mel Brooks has opened up about life without best friend Carl Reiner (pictured together in 2014). (Photo: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

Mel Brooks has opened up about life with out finest good friend Carl Reiner (pictured collectively in 2014). (Photo: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

It’s been nearly a yr and a half since Carl Reiner died of pure causes at age 98. In addition to his kids, together with director Rob Reiner, the 11-time Emmy winner left behind his longtime finest good friend, comedy legend Mel Brooks, a fellow widow with whom he famously spent his evenings watching Jeopardy! and having meals collectively. In a joint interview with CBS Sunday Morning carried out final yr, the comedians shared how they had been safely maintaining their recreation present viewing custom. 

“Yeah, we activate Jeopardy! on the similar time, and we activate Wheel of Fortune on the similar time, and we attempt to guess the solutions and, , we now have enjoyable on the cellphone,” Reiner mentioned in April 2020, simply weeks into lockdown and a few months earlier than his demise final June.

Now 95 years previous, Brooks is reflecting on life with out Reiner in a new interview with the Guardian, which coincides with the discharge of his memoir, All About Me!, printed final week. Calling Reiner a “sweetheart of a guy,” Brooks was requested about his nightly Jeopardy! behavior.

“It’s over for me,” he mentioned. “All the stuff I used to do with Carl is still around, but I don’t enjoy it if I don’t share it with Carl. It’s as simple as that.”

Of his friend and The 2,000 Year Old Man comedy partner’s death, he said, “I miss him a lot.”

“He would name me within the evenings and say, ‘Come over, come over! I got a big stuffed cabbage for us!’ Even on the finish he was at all times Carl: humorous, sweet-natured, heat and simply essentially the most fantastic good friend an individual might ever have,” the actor and director added. “People understand how good he was, however not how nice.”

He went on to call Reiner the “biggest viewers,” saying, “Any time I might shock him and actually break him up, I knew it was humorous.”

Asked about Reiner’s memorial service, which Steve Martin has revealed took place over Zoom because of COVID-19, Brooks brushed it off as “so unhealthy.” It’s just one of many things the pandemic has denied him, including his ability to go out in public and meet fans, something he once enjoyed. 

“They crowd around me and breathe on me and give me their pens,” the nonagenerian shared. “It’s just too dangerous. So I don’t go out for meals until [the pandemic] is gone.”

Brooks additionally opened up about mourning spouse Anne Bancroft, whose demise in 2005 from uterine most cancers stays too painful to put in writing about, he mentioned. 


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