Carl Reiner has been a comedic icon for greater than 70 years, a perennial favorite of baby boomers who grew up with Sid Caesar and Dick Van Dyke. However, even younger generations have come to understand his singular wit. He’s been an actor, screenwriter, and director, in addition to a legendary straight man for his outdated pal, Mel Brooks. He believes humor has enriched his life.
“There is no doubt on this,” he says. “Laughter is my first precedence. I watch something each night that makes me laugh. I get up and tickle myself, whereas I’m still in bed. There is no larger pleasure than pointing at something, smiling and laughing about it. I don’t think there may be something extra essential than having the ability to laugh. When you can laugh, adds value for living. It retains me going. It keeps me younger.”
In 2017, Reiner hosted an HBO documentary, “If You’re Not within the Obit, Eat Breakfast,” that includes plenty of still-active nonagenarians, together with Brooks, who will probably be 93 this month, Van Dyke, 93, TV producer Norman Lear, who will likely be 97 next months, and actress Betty White, 97. He believes their good well-being — and his — is why they still enjoy humor and stay funny.
Today, Reiner says he believes the older adult should have added another piece of recommendation to that list. “Keep laughing,” Reiner says. “You’ll live endlessly.”