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Groucho Marx’s Funny Apology Letter to Woody Allen

After meeting in 1961, Woody Allen and Groucho Marx became fast friends, despite their 45-year age difference. Letters of Note has a letter Groucho wrote Woody in 1967, apologizing for being out of contact for a while and it's SO great. It [...]

By Jesse David Fox

Gene Wilder Had a Very Specific Image of Willy Wonka

"The hat is terrific, but making it 2 inches shorter would make it more special," wrote Gene Wilder in a letter to Willy Wonka director Mel Stuart. It seems like throughout the process Wilder had many equally as specific ideas that eventually [...]

By Jesse David Fox

Terry Gilliam Feels Every Cut as a Castration

Months after Terry Gilliam's Brazil was already a success abroad, he and the studio were still fighting over how to cut it for America. When the studio head at the time, Sid Sheinberg, wanted to turn the very dark comedy into a light-hearted [...]

By Jesse David Fox

Bill Hicks and a Priest Don’t Walk Into a Bar – They Send Letters

Back in 1993 a priest wrote to Channel 4, complaining about their airing of Bill Hick's "blasphemous" special Revelations. Smartly, and luckily for us, the network let Hicks respond directly. The result of which, is a funny, articulate, not [...]

By Jesse David Fox