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Complete 2000 Year Old Man [Box set]

Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner/Mel Brooks, Carl ReinerAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (May 17, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000032UD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,337 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 2000 Year Old Man
2. Fabiola
3. The Astronaught
4. In A Coffee House: A. The Depressed One/B. The Actor/C. The Painter/D. The Folksinger
5. The Peruvian
See all 6 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. 2000 And Six Month Man
2. The Tax Expert
3. Two Hour Old Baby
4. The New Technique Psychiatric Society
5. The Third Best Poet
Disc: 3
1. The Cannes Film Festival: A. Adolph Hartler/B. Frederico Fettucini/C. Tippy Skittles
2. Dr. Felix Wheird
3. 2000 And Two Year Old Man
4. The L.M.N.O.P. Ad Agency
Disc: 4
1. Intro
2. Will To Love
3. Slow Growth
4. Natural Foods
5. Phil
See all 25 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Disc: 1 1. 2000 Year Old Man 2. Fabiola 3. The Astronaught 4. In A Coffee House: A. The Depressed One/B. The Actor/C. The Painter/D. The Folksinger 5. The Peruvian 6. The Psychiatrist Disc: 2 1. 2000 And Six Month Man 2. The Tax Expert 3. Two Hour Old Baby 4. The New Technique Psychiatric Society 5. The Third Best Poet Disc: 3 1. The Cannes Film Festival: A. Adolph Hartler/B. Frederico Fettucini/C. Tippy Skittles 2. Dr. Felix Wheird 3. 2000 And Two Year Old Man 4. The L.M.N.O.P. Ad Agency Disc: 4 1. Intro 2. Will To Love 3. Slow Growth 4. Natural Foods 5. Phil 6. Asparagus 7. Origin Of Words 8. Great Inventions 9. Strawberries 10. Miracle Fruits 11. The Greatest Invention 12. Ancient Poetry 13. The Fig Leaf 14. Paul Revere 15. Ma And Pa 16. Jesus And The Apostles 17. Generals 18. Winston Churchill 19. War Of The Roses 20. Dolly Madison 21. Lord Byron 22. 21,000 Doctors 23. Jolson 24. America's Economic Plight 25. Hope For Mankind

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy Gems (for the most part). February 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
THE COMPLETE 2000 YEAR OLD MAN is a collection of 4 different comedy albums featuring the improvised works of Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. The albums included with the set are: "2000 Years With Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks", "2000 And One Years With Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks", "Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks At the Cannes Film Festival", and "Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks: 2000 And Thirteen".

"2000 Years With Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks" is one of the greatest comedy albums of all time. It was pure genius in its day and the comic spark heard on the album remains just as funny today as it probably did when it was firs released.

"2000 And One Years With Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks" is my favorite album out of the set. The 2000-Year-Old Man makes a return appearance on the album, but I find the "Two Hour Old Baby" sketch and "Psychiatric Society" to be more hilarious. "Watch the eyes."

"Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks At The Cannes Film Festival" is my least favorite album in the bunch. Maybe its because the album is parodying European sensibilities, I don't know, but the sketches here are just not as funny as the ones on the other albums.

"Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks: 2000 And Thirteen" brings back the 2000-Year-Old Man after nearly a decade of absence. The entire sketch is one long interview between the Reporter (Reiner) and the 2000-Year-Old-Man. I kind of wish there were some other sketches here, but there's enough hilarity to keep one interested.

The set includes a booklet that explains how the 2000-Year-Old Man came to be and the transcript of and interview between Saul Kahan and Reiner and Brooks. What's so fascinating about this whole collection is that none of it was rehearsed (except for parts of 2000 & 13 because Brooks was so scared to do the character again).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heil, Hartler, how are you? May 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD
There may not be any funnier or more astonishingly inventive comedy records made during the 20th century than these. The routines were largely improvised, on the spot. That's a dangerous activity, and many are the bodies that have littered its shoals. Reiner and Brooks were almost preternaturally well-matched. Brooks could spin more wildly, achingly hilarious changes on a single line or word than one human being should be allowed, while Reiner (maybe the best second banana ever) is always right there with him. They seem to anticipate each other's every move, yet nothing ever feels rehearsed. Some of the humor has dated, some of its is too topical to be understood by everyone, but the best of it (which is most of it) is still screamingly funny. Phrases like, "Keep away from my eye!", "Don't sit and tear paper," and "Keep ya going 'til suppa" - non sequitors out of context - are permanent parts of the lexicon used by my best friend and me since we first heard these essential gems two decades ago. If I don't pull these recordings out and listen to them at least once a year, I don't feel fully alive.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impovised comedy at it's best September 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Before Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein) and Carl Reiner (The Man With Two Brains, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid) had established themselves as successful comedy directors they were writers for The Sid Caesar show. "The 2000 Year Old Man" was created during breaks in writers meetings where the two would entertain the others by imrovising a questions and answers scenario. Brooks played a man who has been alive for the past 2000 years and Reiner his interviewer. We get to hear the real stories about Jesus Christ, Joan of Arc, Robin Hood as well as tips on how to live longer (who better to tell you than a 2000 year old man!) and snapshots of coffee house life, movie directors, artists and lots more. Brooks is truly gifted at thinking on his feet despite Reiner occasionally trying to trip him up when he contradicts himself or backs himself into a comedic corner. The playfulness between them as they try to make each other laugh is a joy to the ears and it's great to hear a comedy duo that has aged so very well alongside so many of their dated peers. This four CD box set contains almost all of the recorded material available of this outstanding example of comedy improvisation and an accompanying booklet provides ample background information and interviews.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poking Fun at History February 15, 2010
Format:Audio CD
If you never heard the 2000 year old man, you missed a lot of great comedy.

The 2009 Kennedy Center Honoree Mel Brooks and Mark Twain Winner Carl Reiner pokes fun at history, legends (Robin Hood. Paul Revere) as well as life itself. It is funny look at history that will make you smile as they poke fun in the eyes of history. Reiner plays straight man to Brooks's peppered and sagely sage...and its works so well.

This three disc set includes all five albums that the 2000 year man appeared. This included the Grammy winning comedy album, The 2000 Year old man in the year 2000. These comedy sketches that Brooks and Reiner do in tandem almost never seem to date themselves. You will gag with whimsy until you are hurting from the belly laughing.

The fourth disk is a DVD. One of the highlights is an animated short of the 2000 year old man which appeared on TV in 1975. There are other TV appearances and a 2009 interview with Reiner and Brooks discussing the origins of the 2000 year old man.

I just they do another 2000 Year old man for the year 2010. So If you want to laugh and laugh a lot, buy this box set.

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price
More audio than video, but for the price you get a lot of laughs.
Brings back memories from long ago.
Published 2 months ago by Artfil
5.0 out of 5 stars For lots of fun and laughs.
This CD set is so much fun to listen to. Reiner and Brooks are so funny together. Good "interviews" followed by hilarious stories. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shirley Nelson
2.0 out of 5 stars False advertisement on this collection.
Most of the content on first CD are old Reiner-Brooks bits that DO NOT involve the 2,000-year-old man, which was a disappointment because that's not what's advertised. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kevin J. Bouffard
5.0 out of 5 stars 2000 years an' the world hasn't changed much...
it's been said that Abbott & Costello were the last of the great comedy "teams," but not quite. as it happens Reiner & Brooks are not generally cited as such a team simply because... Read more
Published 5 months ago by jude pepper
5.0 out of 5 stars superior for people who loves reiner/brooks
i gave this to my brother and he was so grateful... he can't wait to listen to it... great gift for christmas/birthdays... well worth the smile it brings to the receiver... Read more
Published 5 months ago by jerrelyn n. brain
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Brings the Funny!
My husband and I grew up loving Mel and Carl's 2000 Year Old Man. We played this for our hipster teenager, worried that it may have become dated over the decades. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Eileen S. Cowel
5.0 out of 5 stars Tons of laughs
I clean house to it. One of those tapes that you go back to time & again Share it with my younger
friends. Humor can be great and not vulgar.
Published 7 months ago by caroline T
5.0 out of 5 stars great comedy
mel brooks carl reiner improv comic gold and they did this all on a goof and it took off nice
Published 7 months ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars LOST MEMORIES
Laughs from the past. The funniest guys on earth. Lost until now. Think about them on TV from years go.
Published 7 months ago by Fred Altman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
I love Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner. I remember them from the early days of TV. But this set only contains one DVD and a a few CDs of their 2000 Year Old Man routine. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bonita A. Brinamen
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