We never would have pegged New York Times columnist Paul Krugman for a
Mel Brooks fan. You'd think he would have been turned off by the sheer
fiscal irresponsibility of Leo and Max's plan to dupe investors in The Producers. Not
so. A transcribing error from a panel
featuring Krugman and Marty Feldstein refers to the Harvard professor as
'Marty Feldman,' who of course is not a distinguished economist, but
the man who played Igor in Young Frankenstein, Brooks's 1974 comedy classic
about monsters, grave robbers and why it's funny to see people trapped
in a revolving bookcase. Krugman showed his appreciation for the gaffe
with a post
on his New York Times blog (screen cap embedded below, for future generations) consisting of
nothing but jokes from the film.
At no point, however, did Krugman
offer to make espresso.
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