I don't know - I found the movie mostly unfunny (how many fart and scatalogy jokes can you layer in?) when I saw it at a pre-release screening with a mostly college-age audience. I did like MacFarlane as a leading man much more than I thought I would, but no, he doesn't remind one of Mel Brooks. Not in the slightest. He's closer to, of all things, Bob Hope, at least in this movie -- the cheeky, yellow-bellied clown who has to learn how to survive his predicament and who needs to fall in love with the smart, loyal girl, not the shallow one. The jokes in this movie seemed uncarefully written, as if thrown together by a bunch of frat boys in a room, although sometimes they find their mark and are quite hilarious.