Posts tagged “madeline kahn”

  1. "What's your sign?"

    "I'm sorry, it's...unlisted."

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  2. He said he would kill for me, and I said, like, for instance who?

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  3. This feels like the spiritual opposite of the "I'm Tired" sequence from Blazing Saddles.

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  4. It turns out Madeline Kahn learned opera because some old Italian man who visited the Bavarian restaurant in upstate New York where she worked as a singing waitress used to shout "SING MADAME BUTTERFLY" at her from the audience, so never forget that life may still have a few surprises in store for you too.

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  5. Madeline Kahn interprets lyrics like it is her job to interpret resigned, half-bemused sorrow for the damn United Nations.

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  6. We all know that she improvised this, obviously, but what is the secret to this throwaway moment's beloved, memetic status?

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  7. The question has always been, for this series, "How long do I wait before I give them the Blazing Saddles/Clue scenes I know everyone's really here for?" And I think you've waited long enough, and been good.

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  8. Surely there is a lesson we can all glean from Madeline's response to the obscene caller. (Does anyone make obscene calls nowadays, or is that a plague that has been lifted from this sorry earth, now that everyone has Caller ID and also no one makes phone calls?)

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  9. "He looks like a turnip."

    "Well, he only looks like a turnip because his mother looks like a turnip."

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  10. It's a little hard sometimes to define what it is that I love so much about Mel Brooks movies (Spaceballs being a notable exception and one that I am no longer willing to argue about with you people). At least part of it has to be because of his murderer's row of comediennes he featured in his films: Teri Garr, Tracy Ullman, Cloris Leachmann, Bernadette Peters, Bea Arthur, and of course The Kahn.

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  11. Is there anything more winsome, more charming than Madeline Kahn doing her sly-soubrette routine in "You'd Be Surprised"?

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  12. Eileen Brennan at her absolute blousiest, blousier than Bloomingdale's on a Tuesday, Tuesday being the day most retailers receive new shipments of inventory. Cybill Shepherd tearfully tap-dancing through her pain. And Madeline – the eternal Madeline – cocking her hips as she belts "JUST KICK HIM OUT OF THE HAY."

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  13. I have hit upon it at last. The title is mellifluous, the subject queenly, the audience primed and ready. Madeline Kahn yesterday, today, and forever.

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