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History of the World Part II (Hulu) - EP: Mel Brooks - premieres 3/6/23

“History of the World, Part I” is finally getting a Part II, with Hulu ordering a variety series followup to the classic Mel Brooks comedy film, Variety has learned exclusively.

“History of the World, Part II” is described as a sequel to the 1981 film. The film was made up of segments set during different periods of world history. Among those was the Stone Age, Ancient Rome, and the French Revolution. Like most of Brooks’ work, it also featured musical numbers, including one about the Spanish Inquisition and, of course, “Jews in Space.”

Brooks is a writer and executive producer on the series along with Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen and Kevin Salter. There is no word yet on which world events the series will cover. Hulu has ordered eight episodes of the show. The writers room is beginning in October with production slated to begin in Spring 2022.

“I can’t wait to once more tell the real truth about all the phony baloney stories the world has been conned into believing are History!” Brooks said.

Brooks, a comedy legend and EGOT winner, wrote and directed “History of the World, Part I” in addition to appearing onscreen in five different roles. Those included King Louis XVI and his piss boy doppleganger as well as the stand up philosopher Comicus. The film also featured stars like Gregory Hines, Dom De Luise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, and many more.

Brooks’ comedy films are consistently ranked among the best of all time, such as “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “The Producers,” and “Spaceballs.” He later adapted both “The Producers” and “Young Frankenstein” as critically-acclaimed stage musicals. He has also produced several hit films, most notably David Lynch’s “The Elephant Man.”

He is repped by CAA.

Kroll previously created and starred in the Comedy Central sketch series “Kroll Show” and currently stars in the hit Netflix animated comedy series “Big Mouth,” which he co-created. Sykes is a world-renowned stand up comedian, writer and actress, known for roles in shows like “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Black-ish,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and the current Netflix series “The Upshaws.” Barinholtz previously wrote for and starred in “The Mindy Project” and has starred in shows like “Madtv,” “The League” (along with Kroll), and “Bless the Harts.” Stassen also wrote for “The Mindy Project” and recently re-teamed with Barinholtz as writers on the Netflix animated series “Chicago Party Aunt.” Salter is Brooks’ producing partner, having worked with him on projects like “Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen” and “Young Frankenstein Live.”

Kroll is repped by UTA, Rise and Schreck/Rose/Dapello. Sykes is repped by ICM and Roger Pliakas.
Barinholtz is repped by UTA, Artists First, Kovert Creative, and Morris Yorn. Stassen is repped by UTA, Mosaic and Morris Yorn.

Salter is repped by CAA.
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re: History of the World Part II (Hulu) - EP: Mel Brooks - premieres 3/6/23

I've been waiting 40 years for "Hitler on Ice" and "Jews in Space".
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The film also featured stars like Gregory Hines, Dom De Luise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, and many more.
Mel outlived his entire starring cast.
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re: History of the World Part II (Hulu) - EP: Mel Brooks - premieres 3/6/23

Well, this could be something. Not sure what, but it certainly could be something.
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re: History of the World Part II (Hulu) - EP: Mel Brooks - premieres 3/6/23

It's weird. As a person I find Mel Brooks to be very funny. His movies never click with me though.
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It's weird. As a person I find Mel Brooks to be very funny. His movies never click with me though.
Interesting because I feel the opposite way. I think he's a fantastic comedy writer but tries too hard to be funny whenever he does an interview. I still adore the man though. It's going to be a sad day when he's gone.
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Well, this could be something. Not sure what, but it certainly could be something.
If it is anything like Spaceballs: The Animated Series, it won’t be a good something.
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Unfortunately I have a feeling this is going to be very dated and unfunny, just like some of Carl Reiner's last works.
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re: History of the World Part II (Hulu) - EP: Mel Brooks - premieres 3/6/23

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Unfortunately I have a feeling this is going to be very dated and unfunny, just like some of Carl Reiner's last works.
Agreed. I like Mel Brooks movies but I suspect this won’t be very funny. Outdated, old Jewish Comedian schtick typically doesn’t work, for me at least.


That being said, even though I didn’t think History of the World: Part One is particularly great - I place it with Brooks’ lesser movies - I am happy to see them make Part 2 before he passes. Though, they better get a move on…
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re: History of the World Part II (Hulu) - EP: Mel Brooks - premieres 3/6/23

Back in October, the trades reported on a sequel to Mel Brooks’ classic 1981 comedy History of the World, Part I. It wasn’t going to be a movie, but rather, an eight-episode “variety series” for Hulu.

Brooks himself would write and executive produce alongside Nick Kroll, Ike Barinholtz and Wanda Sykes, all of whom would also star as various characters. And that’s about all we’ve heard…until now. From the sounds of things, the Brooks series could shape up as the all-star cast event of the decade.

I’m told that Malcolm Barrett, Jillian Bell, D’Arcy Carden, Rob Corddry, Robby Hoffman, Mitra Jouhari, Joe Mande, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Seth Rogen, JB Smoove and David Wain have agreed to appear, while others who are (or perhaps were) holding offers include a who’s who of comic talent, including Adam Sandler, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Ted Danson, Natasha Lyonne, Tim Robinson, Kumail Nanjiani, Keke Palmer, Michael Keaton, Johnny Knoxville, Taika Waititi and Danny DeVito, plus folks like Hailee Steinfeld, Dove Cameron, Jacob Elordi, Charles Melton, Zazie Beetz and Idina Menzel, and sporting world figures such as Pam Oliver and Tara Lipinski.

History of the World, Part I was comprised of segments that took place during different periods in world history, from the Stone Age to Ancient Rome, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition.

This time around, as far as specific characters/time periods are concerned, I’ve heard offers were out to Jay Ellis (Jesus Christ), Timothy Simons (Abraham Lincoln, after Bo Burnham passed), and Jack McBrayer (Robert E. Lee). Other real-life figures who I expect will be depicted in one fashion or another include William Shakespeare (Benedict Cumberbatch passed), Galileo Galilei, Grigori Rasputin, Leon Trotsky, Vladimir Lenin, and Joseph Stalin, which is the role Sandler was offered.

Some of the folks listed above may very well end up passing on this project, if they haven’t already. I know some big names have already had to turn the project down for various reasons. But for many, the chance to work with 95-year-old Brooks on a sequel to a movie that many of them grew up loving is too much fun to ignore, especially when the anthology-style series likely requires a minimal time commitment on their end.
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re: History of the World Part II (Hulu) - EP: Mel Brooks - premieres 3/6/23

Okay I laughed a few times there. Not bad.
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I look forward to this.
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Is it four half hour episodes or hour long ones?
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Is it four half hour episodes or hour long ones?
I think it's 8 x 30 minute episodes, two a night.
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re: History of the World Part II (Hulu) - EP: Mel Brooks - premieres 3/6/23

Looks surprisingly fun. Similar to Drunk History which my wife absolutely loves (and is also a Mel Brooks fan).
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re: History of the World Part II (Hulu) - EP: Mel Brooks - premieres 3/6/23

A four night event, streaming March 6 on Hulu.

Finally, a sequel to the seminal Mel Brooks film, HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART I, with each episode featuring a variety of sketches that take us through different periods of human history.
The first two episodes are now available.
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Looks surprisingly fun. Similar to Drunk History which my wife absolutely loves (and is also a Mel Brooks fan).
Okay, so I'm ten minutes in and this is painfully unfunny. I pity the actors. And I was thinking to myself, don't they know Drunk History already exists?

I did keep watching and discovered that some of the histories are broken up into parts. So the US Grant story that seemed so pointless at the beginning because it just abruptly stopped was continued later on. Still not very funny, but at least the story makes more sense.

I liked the Judas as Larry David in Curb Your Judaism, but I have no idea why Wanda Sykes did not play the Wanda Sykes character, and then the Shirley Chisholm as The Jeffersons was a fun idea.

So I am not as down on it as I was initially, but I am still at the "this is amusing" level not the "this is funny" level.

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Sadly, it's been over 35 years since Mel Brooks (though I doubt he had much input in this overall) made anything truly funny as a movie or TV show. Spaceballs was the last thing he made where I got authentic laughs.
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Re: History of the World Part II (Hulu) - EP: Mel Brooks - premieres 3/6/23

I'm a few episodes in, and so far it's pretty disappointing. I haven't laughed once.
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I'm a few episodes in, and so far it's pretty disappointing. I haven't laughed once.
It's like an unfunny Drunk history.
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I'm a few episodes in, and so far it's pretty disappointing. I haven't laughed once.
Yeah. I binged this over the morning and afternoon (between some hoops games). Very disappointed. At least the episodes were quick and the Hulu commercials were fewer.

Definitely a from me.
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Re: History of the World Part II (Hulu) - EP: Mel Brooks - premieres 3/6/23

I finally got around to watching the first episode. It was wretched and I refuse to subject myself to any more. I didn't expect the brilliance of the movie, but I did expect to at least be entertained.

EDIT: How did this dreck manage a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes? Did the critics watch an alternate version of the series?

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