Brian Abrams is the author Obama: An Oral History as well as three bestselling Kindle Singles oral histories: And NOW…An Oral History of Late Night with David Letterman, 1982–1993; Gawker: An Oral History; and Die Hard: An Oral History. Abrams has written for the Washington Post Magazine, Time, and The Lowbrow Reader. He lives in New York City. You can visit for more information and follow the author on Twitter @BrianAbrams.

Photo illustration of stills from Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and History of the World: Part I

In this exclusive excerpt from the new book “You Talkin’ to Me?” about the most famous movie quotes in history, author Brian Abrams goes deep on the king of absurdist comedy.