Mel Brooks has paid an emotional tribute to his comedy companion and greatest pal Carl Reiner, who died Monday evening on the age of 98.
“Carl was a giant, unmatched in his contributions to entertainment,” Brooks mentioned in a tweet. “He created comedy gems like ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show,’ ‘The Jerk’ and ‘Where’s Poppa?’ I met him in 1950 when he joined Sid Caesar on ‘Your Show of Shows’ and we’ve been best friends ever since. I loved him.”
Brooks and Reiner created “The 2000 Year Old Man” sketch throughout the 1960s by which Brooks portrayed a 2,000-year-old man being interviewed by Reiner because the straight man on a spread of matters corresponding to being married greater than 200 instances and kids, which evoked the punchline “I have over 1500 children and not one of them ever comes to visit!” They launched 5 profoundly influential comedy albums beginning in 1960.
“When we were doing ‘The 2000 Year Old Man’ together there was no better straight man in the world,” Brooks mentioned. “So whether he wrote or performed or he was just your best friend — nobody could do it better. He’ll be greatly missed. A tired cliché in times like this, but in Carl Reiner’s case it’s absolutely true. He will be greatly missed.”