Mel Brooks’ History of the World, Part II gets its first teaser

Hulu has released a teaser trailer for Mel Brooks’s History of the World Part II. The four-part miniseries is packed with big names, including Taika Waititi, Seth Rogen, Wanda Sykes and Nick Kroll. Sykes and Kroll were in the writers’ room with Brooks, who wrote and directed History of the World Part I in 1981. Similar to the movie, the miniseries appears to be a loosely connected series of moments that mix history with anachronism and tell a twisted, hilarious version of the world’s history. This version of the film features characters as diverse as Jesus of Nazareth, Alexander Graham Bell, Sigmund Freud, and Abraham Lincoln.

In a funny twist of fate, Freud and Lincoln previously appeared as characters in Bill and Ted’s excellent adventure. One of the sequels of that movie, Bill and Ted watch the musicalso a star History of the World, Part II actor Jillian Bell.

The official synopsis for the series is pretty straightforward, saying, “A sequel to the seminal Mel Brooks movie, HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART I, is finally here, featuring a variety of skits in each episode that take us through different periods of human history. .”

You can see it below, introduced by Brooks himself.

Drawing on some of the greatest comedians of the time, Brooks assembled a cast that averaged slightly older than the average Hollywood blockbuster, featuring stars such as Sid Caesar, Dom DeLuise and Henny Youngman, with commentary by Orson Welles.

Shecky Greene, Barry Levinson and Brooks himself are among the only surviving cast members from the original film. Greene, who played Marcus Vindictus in the film, was inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame in 2020, but has had no onscreen credit since 2000, except for some brief appearances in documentaries. Levinson, who had a cameo appearance in History of the World, Part I, is not best known as an actor or comedian, but as a filmmaker. He produced and directed films such as Rain man, Wag the dogand Good morning Viet Nam. He is currently working with Hulu on Dopesickand with Paramount+ on Francis and the godfather.

Brooks’ other credits include comedy classics such as Space balls, Flaming Saddlesand Young Frankenstein. Late in his career, his directorial debut — 1967’s The producers — was adapted into a show that became a big hit on Broadway. Brooks then helped adapt the show into a feature film that was directed by Susan Stroman.

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