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Mel Brooks Achieves PEGOT Status With Career Honor at Peabody Awards



Mel Brooks entered much more prestigious awards territory on Sunday, upgrading his EGOT to a PEGOT as he was acknowledged with the Profession Achievement Award on the 84th annual Peabody Awards.

Brooks grew to become solely the fourth individual to win a Peabody, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, behind Barbra Streisand, Rita Moreno and Mike Nichols. Billy Crystal introduced the comedy icon with the distinction on the group’s Los Angeles ceremony. (A PEGOT may discuss with a Pulitzer as a substitute of a Peabody, which simply Richard Rodgers and Marvin Hamlisch have achieved.)

“Mel is a genius who believes that comedy should push boundaries, challenge societal taboos and yes, be a little vulgar when the mood calls for it — and with Mel, the mood often calls for it,” Crystal advised the gang on the Beverly Wilshire lodge. “Mel is one of the big reasons that I have a life in comedy. His fearless genius and boundary-pushing humor have been my guiding light since day one,” including that Brooks has steered him via a number of the most pivotal moments of his profession.

“For over 70 years, Mel has entertained us. I just want to ask you folks, where would we be without him?” Crystal mused, turn out to be noting that Brooks had turn out to be “only the fourth PEGOT winner in the process — it’s a big deal, I’m just an ET.”

In his speech, Brooks admitted he wasn’t solely certain what a Peabody was for, teasing, “When they said, ‘You’ve won a Peabody Award,’ I said, ‘Oh, no shit.’ I thought maybe it was for being the best-looking guy in show business. I had no idea what this award — it’s mostly for electronics. If you’re good at electronics, you can win one of these.”

He joked that he’d prefer to say he humbly accepted the award “but I’m not humble… Humility is not a part of my vocabulary.” And noting the A-listers who’ve acquired the Profession Achievement Award previously, Brooks added, “It’s been won by a distinguished group of esteemed, well-worth [people] winning this award and I feel a little — you really want me to be part of this? These are people that go to good restaurants,” to massive laughter from the gang. In closing, the star declared, “I promised the George Foster Peabody people I will not sell this one.”

Sunday evening’s Peabody Awards marked the primary time the ceremony has ever been held in Los Angeles, versus its regular residence in New York Metropolis; the transfer was initially deliberate for 2020, however the in-person present has been constantly derailed for the previous few years by the pandemic after which by final yr’s writers strike.

Kumail Nanjiani hosted the present, which handed out 34 awards throughout TV, radio/podcasts and digital media; The Bear, The Final of Us, Jury Responsibility, Final Week Tonight with John Oliver, Reservation Canines, Fellow Vacationers, Bluey, Lifeless Ringers and Anyone Someplace have been among the many beforehand introduced TV winners.

The journalism and podcasts honored on the ceremony handled typically a lot heavier themes, together with politics, racism and the wars in each Ukraine and Gaza. Palestinian activist Bisan Owda, who received a Peabody for her video studies “It’s Bisan from Gaza and I’m Still Alive,” despatched a video from the conflict zone, thanking the group for “making us, our people, heard.”

Quinta Brunson, Star Trek and nonprofit group Witness have been additionally acknowledged with particular honors, as Brunson was introduced the Trailblazer Award by Donald Glover.

“This is not my first time I’ve presented you with an award and I know it won’t be the last,” Glover jokingly advised the Abbott Elementary star and creator. “When I put this suit on, my son said, ‘Are you going to give Quinta Brunson another award?’ I said no; he knew I was lying. He only sees me after awards season.”

In her speech, Brunson famous that “when I do things and make television and write anything, I’m not thinking of awards. I’m barely thinking about the awards you get for TV, like Emmys and things of that nature, but I’m definitely never thinking I’m going to get a Peabody Award. This is a dream come true, it makes me believe even harder in the work I’ve gotten to do.” She gave a selected shoutout to the Abbott Elementary writers room as properly, saying, “They have held it down this season so far — as my life has gotten busier, they have become more and more and more instrumental and have taken care of my show, which is all you can ask for when you’re doing three different jobs at once.”

Hasan Minhaj was readily available to current the Witness with the International Influence Award and J.J. Abrams introduced Star Trek with the Institutional Award, acknowledging, “I can’t tell you what a privilege it has been to be a small part of this undeniable phenomenon” after directing the 2009 and 2013 movies.

Alex Kurtzman, who has been behind a number of of the Star Trek films and collection, was joined on stage by a big group of actors spanning the franchise’s lengthy historical past, saying that they’ve all “become custodians of this incredible world of stories; a world that is so much bigger than any one of us but keeps growing stronger because of all of us.”

“It is our job, as custodians, to pass these stories along to the storytellers who will follow us and they to the ones that follow them, by protecting the ideals that Star Trek reminds us to carry out into the world: hope, that wherever in the universe you may live, there is a seat at the Star Trek table. Hope that our better angels will lead us across the frontiers of space and of ourselves, with honestly, dignity and respect. Hope that we remember, no matter how alien the alien, we are all made of the same stardust,” Kurtzman continued. “We believe that is what the Peabodys are really here to honor today: a future that we all discover together. Live long and prosper.”

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