Whatever else Manti Te’o manages to accomplish in his interview with Katie Couric, the humiliated Notre Dame linebacker will at least be proving Karl Marx right: All historical events really do occur twice, first as tragedy, then as farce.
Comedy in jackboots is, with all due respect to Mel Brooks , a tough sell. Ernst Lubitsch found this out with his brilliant 1942 film “To Be, or Not To Be,” about a ragtag theater troupe struggling to survive in Warsaw during Hitler’s rise to power. The reaction to the movie was brutal, despite a cast headed by Carole Lombard and Jack Benny.
Alex Karras, who followed one successful career in professional football with another in movies and television, play-punching a horse in one of the signature madcap scenes of “Blazing Saddles,” has died. He was 77.