The 2000-Year-Old Man was created out of the primal urge of all comedians to entertain and test the limits of their talent. With the comedy routine, Brooks never knew what Reiner was going to ask, and Reiner only knew that he would never get the same answer twice. Always ad-libbed, interviews between the miraculously aged sage and the reporter covering his arrival in the United States uncovered some remarkable facts: the 2000-Year-Old Man has had countless wives and 42,000 children "and not one comes to visit me". From subjects as diverse and everyday as religion, taxes, fried foods, fad diets, and film violence, much of the ground covered and subjects hilariously skewered by Brooks and Reiner are still timely. Now, with the turn of the century upon us, the 2000-Year-Old Man is ready to address his loyal legions of fans and convert an audience of new ones.
With a lineage drawn from the Catskills to vaudeville, from radio to the dawn of network television, to such films as The Jerk, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and All of Me, Brooks and Reiner have been there, done that, and now have written the book.