Nick Kroll’s ‘History’ Lesson: Mel Brooks Is Still Funny In 2023

History of the World, Part II — — General Grant heads out in search of a drink; After the Russian Tsar is executed, Schmuck Mudman and his family head to Moscow; Shakespeare’s Writers Room; Invention of Fire; The REAL Kama Sutra. Commentator (Nick Kroll), Commentator (Wanda Sykes), and Commentator (Ike Barinholtz) shown. (Photo: courtesy of Hulu)

Over the course of his illustrious career as a writer, director, producer, and actor, the legendary Mel Brooks reveled in his role as an equal-opportunity offender — he wasn’t afraid to make fun of anyone or anything. Of course, in this day and age, that could get you in trouble: Many people think Brooks couldn’t get away with making some of his most famous movies, like Blazing Saddles, in today’s culture. But that hasn’t stopped Brooks and an all-star team of comedians from making a TV series “sequel” to his 1981 film, History of the World, Part 1. Nick Kroll is one of the show’s stars and executive producers, and he didn’t see a problem with applying Brooks’s sense of humor to a show today. (Click on the media bar below to hear Nick Kroll)

History of the World, Part II is currently streaming on Hulu.

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