Ben Oliver

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Blazing Saddles

Mongo only pawn… in game of life.
28 June 2019

On our journey through great comedies recently (how did The Cobbler get in there?) it felt like a good time to revisit an old favourite.

It’s so tightly packed with gags that there’s always something new that gets you. I forgot that Count Basie is in it. I forgot that someone punches a horse and knocks it out cold. I forgot that everyone is called Johnson in the town.

Still as funny and provocative as ever. It’s a ballsy script that clearly had very little studio intervention, and that has allowed it to stand the test of time.