Comic book legends Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner have been friends for 70 years. They met while writing jokes for Sid Caesar in 1950, created the famous 2,000-year-old routines together, and then made some really funny movies together. Brooks has had success with Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, Reiner has teamed up with Steve Martin to create the 80s classics The Jerk and Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.

Last week, in a heartwarming interview with the Guardian’s Hadley Freeman, they were asked why Jews had so dominated 20th century American comedy. “Back when we started,” Brooks explained, “there weren’t a lot of jobs for Jews – it was either tailoring, sports or acting.” Reiner’s response was more philosophical: “The Jews were naturally funny because they were low on the totem pole, so they made fun of people higher on the pole.”