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Checking out the bright side of ‘Social Security’

September 1, 2011
By MICHAEL PULLIAM ( , For The Maui News

Last week I talked about Maui theater taking risks and pushing the envelope as we embark upon the 2011-12 theater season. First up, Kihei's ProArts Playhouse presents the little known "Social Security" by the under-appreciated Andrew Bergman. If you know from comedy, you may have heard him referred to as "the unknown king of comedy." His first gig? Warner Bros. and Mel Brooks bought his treatment "Tex X," which became "Blazing Saddles," the sixth greatest comedy of all time, according to the American Film Institute. Although Brooks did not need to employ him to adapt the original idea, Brooks was so impressed that he hired Bergman to co-write the screenplay with himself and Richard Pryor. Pretty sweet first real job, huh?



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