CARL REINER passed away at 98. He was the genius behind “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, “The Jerk”, and “The 2000 Year Old Man”with Mel Brooks. He was of course, Rob Reiner’s father.
Mel Brooks: “Carl was a giant, unmatched in his contributions to entertainment. Whether he wrote or performed or he was just your best friend, nobody could do it better. I loved him.”
Dick Van Dyke: “He had a deeper understanding of the human condition, than I think even he was aware of.”
Steve Martin: “Goodbye to my greatest mentor in movies and in life. Thank you, dear Carl.”
Max Brooks (Son of Mel): “I’ve known Carl Reiner my whole life and I can’t imagine a world without him. A loss for me. A loss for my family. A loss for all of us.”
George Clooney: “Carl Reiner made every room he walked into funnier, smarter, kinder. It all seemed so effortless.” (Carl played Saul Bloom in George’s “Ocean’s Eleven” movies.)
Take a look at one of the funniest comedy bits ever! Carl Reiner, with lifelong friend and comedy partner Mel Brooks, created the iconic “2000 Year Old Man” in the late 1950s, but it wasn’t performed on television until “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1961. They recorded five albums where the bit was featured. The last one in 1997, won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album. One of the albums was entered into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Many of their caveman jokes were used in Brooks’ film, “The History of the World – Part 1”.