Paley gala honors Carl Reiner

Guests Tracey Ullman, Mel Brooks laugh it up

HOLLYWOOD — By honoring Showtime and Carl Reiner at the Paley Center for Media gala Thursday night, there was little doubt references going back to the Golden Age of entertainment would be used for the latter honoree.

But 2,000 years?

Returning to his table after his acceptance speech at the Hyatt Regency in Century City, Reiner engaged Mel Brooks in an impromptu bit of the duo’s classic comedy routine “The 2,000-Year-Old Man.” With a few lines such as “You knew Jesus? Yeah, he came into my candy store. With 12 guys,” the place was rollicking.

On the Showtime side, network topper Matt Blank and entertainment head Robert Greenblatt gracefully accepted kudos for the net’s programs and all its characters. Or, as Tracey Ullman called them, “Organized crime bosses, sex addicts, drug dealers, schizophrenics, murdering monarchs and serial killers. My kind of people.”

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