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BFI Fellowship for comic Mel Brooks

Oscar-winning comic Mel Brooks has been honoured with the British Film Institute's highest honour ahead of his debut solo show in the capital.

The actor and writer, who won an Oscar in 1968 for his work writing the screenplay for The Producers, accepted the BFI Fellowship at an event in London.

Brooks, whose career includes film hits Blazing Saddles and Dracula: Dead And Loving It, joins other recipients of the award including Orson Welles, Sir Christopher Lee and Martin Scorsese.

He said: "I am deeply honoured to be the recipient of the BFI Fellowship and to be inducted into such distinguished company. When I was informed that I had been chosen, I was surprised and delighted. Not many Americans have been offered this prestigious award ... and for good reason."

Greg Dyke, who chairs the BFI, said: " We are thrilled to honour Mel Brooks with a BFI Fellowship. His brilliant wit and satire have continued to surprise and delight and, sometimes, astonish, as he delights in flouting convention, taking comedy to areas once held taboo.

"Mel's irrepressible energy and dazzling originality have made the world a much funnier place."

Brooks plays a solo show at London's Prince Of Wales Theatre on Sunday.

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