The 2000 Year Old Man: The Complete History

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks' 2000-year-old man routine started in the early '50s as impromptu and improvised performances at parties, but the premise -- a very old, slightly grumpy man Brooks has had silly encounters with every person of note in history, and Reiner is eager to interview him about his recollections -- allowed the pair to take their mostly spontaneous dialogue in any direction they chose. Steve Allen convinced the duo to take the routine into the recording studio in 1960, and the resulting comedy album, 2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, was a big success, spawning four sequels the most recent in 1997, several TV appearances, and an animated ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks' 2000-year-old man routine started in the early '50s as impromptu and improvised performances at parties, but the premise -- a very old, slightly grumpy man Brooks has had silly encounters with every person of note in history, and Reiner is eager to interview him about his recollections -- allowed the pair to take their mostly spontaneous dialogue in any direction they chose. Steve Allen convinced the duo to take the routine into the recording studio in 1960, and the resulting comedy album, 2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, was a big success, spawning four sequels the most recent in 1997, several TV appearances, and an animated television special. The routine itself was part Yiddish dialect and part vaudeville, with Brooks spinning like a comedy top while Reiner maintained a straight man's calm, guiding and pacing the flow by rising to certain comments, which in turn would spur Brooks to more silliness. This four-disc box set packages the complete history of this comedy franchise, including all five albums, a live set at the Cannes Film Festival, and several radio spots and interviews, while the fourth disc is a DVD that captures the pair's 1961 appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and the New Steve Allen Show, the animated special from 1975 and on-screen discussions from Reiner and Brooks on the whole phenomenon. Casual listeners may find that it's maybe three discs more than necessary Reiner and Brooks were really always riding a bit of a one-trick pony, but fans of the routine in all of its variations will be delighted to have everything in one place.
From the Producers
Newly remastered for the 50th anniversary of the 2000 Year Old Man's birth, The 2000 Year Old Man:The Complete History is a 3-CD / 1-DVD box set containing the five comedy albums released by Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, including The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000, a 1998 Grammy Award winner. Also included are 2000 Years with Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks, 2000 And One Years with Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks At The Cannes Film Festival, and 2000 And Thirteen. The DVD features a new interview with Reiner and Brooks discussing the history of the routine, the 1975 animated 2000 Year Old ManTV special, and vintage clips of the two appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show and The New Steve Allen Show. The package also includes a 32-page book with rare photos and new essays by Dick Cavett and comedy historian Gerald Nachman.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2009
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663115260
  • Catalog Number: 11526
  • Sales rank: 13,956

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 2000 Year Old Man - Carl Reiner (12:35)
  2. 2 Fabiola - Carl Reiner (2:09)
  3. 3 The Astronaught - Carl Reiner (4:02)
  4. 4 In a Coffee House: The Depressed One/The Actor/The Painter/The Folksing - Carl Reiner (11:08)
  5. 5 The Peruvian - Carl Reiner (2:41)
  6. 6 The Psychiatrist - Carl Reiner (3:59)
  7. 7 2000 and Six Month Man - Carl Reiner (13:56)
  8. 8 The Tax Expert - Carl Reiner (2:58)
  9. 9 Two Hour Old Baby - Carl Reiner (6:40)
  10. 10 The New Technique Psychiatric Society - Carl Reiner (8:00)
  11. 11 The Third Best Poet - Carl Reiner (5:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Cannes Film Festival: Adolph Hartler/Frederico Fettucini/Tipp Skitt - Carl Reiner (9:58)
  2. 2 Dr. Felix Wheird - Carl Reiner (5:25)
  3. 3 2000 and Two Year Old Man - Carl Reiner (9:41)
  4. 4 The L.M.N.O.P. Ad Agency - Carl Reiner (6:12)
  5. 5 Intro - Carl Reiner (0:46)
  6. 6 Will To Live - Carl Reiner (0:26)
  7. 7 Slow Growth - Carl Reiner (1:34)
  8. 8 Natural Foods - Carl Reiner (2:41)
  9. 9 Phil - Carl Reiner (1:42)
  10. 10 Asparagus - Carl Reiner (0:49)
  11. 11 Origin Of Words - Carl Reiner (1:14)
  12. 12 Great Inventions - Carl Reiner (2:24)
  13. 13 Strawberries - Carl Reiner (0:47)
  14. 14 Miracle Fruits - Carl Reiner (1:06)
  15. 15 The Greatest Invention - Carl Reiner (1:21)
  16. 16 Ancient Poetry - Carl Reiner (1:48)
  17. 17 The Fig Leaf - Carl Reiner (1:17)
  18. 18 Paul Revere - Carl Reiner (0:58)
  19. 19 Ma and Pa - Carl Reiner (1:23)
  20. 20 Jesus and the Apostles - Carl Reiner (1:57)
  21. 21 Generals - Carl Reiner (1:21)
  22. 22 Winston Churchill - Carl Reiner (0:51)
  23. 23 War of the Roses - Carl Reiner (1:26)
  24. 24 Dolly Madison - Carl Reiner (1:54)
  25. 25 Lord Byron - Carl Reiner (1:17)
  26. 26 21,000 Doctors - Carl Reiner (2:13)
  27. 27 Jolson - Carl Reiner (1:31)
  28. 28 America's Economic Plight - Carl Reiner (0:56)
  29. 29 Hope for Mankind - Carl Reiner (0:42)
Disc 3
  1. 1 A Re-Pleasure to See You - Carl Reiner (2:49)
  2. 2 See Moses Run - Carl Reiner (3:05)
  3. 3 Diseases and the Plagues - Carl Reiner (4:14)
  4. 4 Pain - Carl Reiner (1:59)
  5. 5 Wives and Famous Women - Carl Reiner (4:25)
  6. 6 Parents - Carl Reiner (1:21)
  7. 7 First Place You Ever Lived - Carl Reiner (1:21)
  8. 8 Yarmulkes Galore and The Inquisition - Carl Reiner (4:39)
  9. 9 Computer Sex and Self Help - Carl Reiner (2:14)
  10. 10 Exercise and Infomercial - Carl Reiner (1:55)
  11. 11 Music - Carl Reiner (1:46)
  12. 12 Height and Plastic Surgery - Carl Reiner (2:54)
  13. 13 Seven Wonders of the World - Carl Reiner (4:17)
  14. 14 Famous People - Carl Reiner (3:06)
  15. 15 Pet Peeves and Words of Wisdom - Carl Reiner (3:27)
  16. 16 Ballantine Beer Radio Spots: Dick Cavett Interviews The 2500 Year Old B - Carl Reiner (18:19)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Bonus Materials - Carl Reiner
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carl Reiner Primary Artist
Mel Brooks Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer
Bill Cosby Author
Bob Newhart Author
Dick Cavett Liner Notes
Whoopi Goldberg Author
Carl Reiner Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer
Nick Venet Producer, Author, Recording Producer
Sid Caesar Author
Imogene Coca Author
Gerald Nachman Liner Notes
Pat Kraus Remastering
Larry Gelbart Author
Jeff Palo Producer
Stacey Grant Illustrations
Richard G. Lewis Author
Joe Smith Recording Producer
Karrie Stouffer Art Direction, Cover Design
Stan Grant Illustrations
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    hilarious!

    For anyone who has never heard this series or for anyone who hasn't heard it in years...it is one of the funniest bits of comedy ever done. Go get yourself a copy!

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