The 2000 Year Old Man is a character created by Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. According to Carl Reiner's son , Rob Reiner, in a 2008 interview, the characcter was originally established when Reiner and Brooks would fool around and adlib at cocktail parties. Apparently, fellow comic Steve Allen, thought the 2000 year old man was so hilarious, he convinced Reiner and Brooks to try a recording. This was the first sketch of that recording. The first sketches of this character remain a classic today.

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