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Mel Brooks makes robocalls for great-nephew Todd Kaminsky

Funnyman Mel Brooks is getting out the vote

Funnyman Mel Brooks is getting out the vote via robocalls for Todd Kaminsky, his great-nephew. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Robyn Beck

One of Mel Brooks’ most frequent credits these days is political robocaller.

For the third time in two years, the comic icon is making prerecorded telephone pitches to voters on behalf of his great-nephew, State Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach).

The newest call, released by Kaminsky’s campaign Thursday, hews closely to past scripts, which Kaminsky has said Brooks writes himself.

“Hello! This is Mel Brooks. Yes — it really is Mel Brooks. Although my real name is Melvin Kaminsky,” Brooks says, before identifying his relationship to Kaminsky and expressing pride at his accomplishments.

Kaminsky, a former federal prosecutor first elected to the state Assembly in 2014, is running for his first full term in the state Senate, after narrowly winning a special election in April.

“He’s not only smart and talented, but he is absolutely honest — which is pretty rare for people in my family,” says Brooks, whose credits include “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles” and “Spaceballs.”

Brooks’ previous calls on Kaminsky’s behalf — during his 2014 assembly run and the April special election to replace convicted Sen. Dean Skelos — included similar lines.

“I’ve known him since he was born,” Brooks said in the 2014 call, “and aside from a few allergies, which you can’t fault him for, he is bright (which runs in our family) and incredibly principled (which does NOT always run in our family.)”

Kaminsky is facing Republican Christopher McGrath, a Hewlett attorney, on Nov. 8, after beating McGrath by 886 votes in the special election.

In his call, Brooks reminds voters twice of the election date: “Did you write it down? Good. OK. Do me a favor … write it down again.”

McGrath responded in a statement that cited two Brooks films: “Todd Kaminsky had to get a robocall from Uncle Mel, it’s pretty clear his campaign is having ‘High Anxiety.’ My campaign is ‘Blazing Saddles’ til Tuesday. This is no laughing matter.”

In 2014, Kaminsky’s assembly opponent, Avi Fertig, countered the Brooks endorsement with a similar approach, jokingly suggesting he’d seek the backing of Borscht Circuit mainstays Jackie Mason, Mal Z. Lawrence and Fyvush Finkel.

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