Oh, come on, 2016. Gene Wilder too?
I couldn’t find any great clips from the 1968 version of The Producers, which is one of the most brilliant comedies ever made. But here’s a great clip from Blazing Saddles
The thing I loved about Wilder was how well he played off of other actors. Great comedies are collaborative and Wilder was one of the best comedy collaborators ever, working with geniuses like Zero Mostel, Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor to create truly great comedy. His work with Mostel is what makes the first Producers so brilliant. The way he played off Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles or Mary Feldman in Young Frankenstein or Richard Pryor was dazzling to behold.
Wilder mostly retired after Gilda Radner died but did occasionally pop up in such things as guest spots in Will and Grace. He will be missed.