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Nice shot. Zero was absolutely amazing. Possibly the best visual comedian of his time - "The Producers" to the Muppet Show, plus Broadway, hard to beat that legacy. "He raped Thrace thrice?" BCNU
...and don't forget The Front (1976). Man, do I love that film.
I think I first saw him on The Muppet Show as well, followed by the film of Ionesco's Rhinoceros when I was 12 or something like that. Somewhere I've got an LP of Mostel performing Harry Ruby tunes (Songs My Mother Never Sang, I think). I miss that kind of larger-than-life performer, Nathan Lane doesn't quite cut it.
That particular Muppet show was one of the best ones ever. Zero was like a big shaggy Muppet, anyway. ;-) He was amazingly able to morph into a range of funny characters, much like Jonathan Winters. I watched "The Producers" on Beta and would go back over his bits again and again. Loved that film, but it did have unintended consequences, such as my little blond three-year old breaking into "Springtime for Hitler" at the drop of a hat. And this was well before the recent revival. BCNU
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