It’s Good to Be the King

Meaning

What does It’s Good to Be the King mean?

It’s good to be the king is a popular catchphrase from Mel Brook’s comedy flick: “History of the World, Part I”.

While it may be self-evident for a Mack Daddy, there are many who first have to become royalty, before they can truly say Hey, That’s Pretty Good.

 

Origin

What's the origin of It’s Good to Be the King?

“History of the World, Part I” premiered in the United States on June 12th, 1981, featuring director Mel Brooks in several historical roles, taking viewers through the history of humanity.

One such prominent figure he plays in the movie is King Louis XVI, who is seen in one of the scenes approaching a woman with ample bosom and proceeding to kiss her cleavage.

Following this act, he turns to the camera with a lewd smile and says, “It’s good to be the king”.

Spread & Usage

How did It’s Good to Be the King spread?

Both the movie and the line became iconic in a short span of time, making “It’s good to be the king” a popular catchphrase, that is still used today.

It served as inspiration for various products of popular culture, including the 1994 song of Tom Petty as well as an episode of “Stargate SG-1”, both titled “It’s Good to Be the King”.

A clip of the original scene from “History of the World, Part I” was uploaded to YouTube by Joe Maccini on January 2nd, 2013.

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