Congratulations to TNT on their 2014 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Variety Special – AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Mel Brooks

DVR ALERT: “Starring Mel Brooks” on TCM Thursday, July 31st


In addition to his talents as producer, director and writer, Mel Brooks is one of our most gifted and hilarious comic actors–a point amply proven in this salute, which includes Dick Cavett’s delightful TV interview with Brooks from 2006.
 PrintTwo of the featured comedies are TCM premieres: Silent Movie (1976), an almost-silent film with Brooks as a once-famous director attempting a comeback; and High Anxiety (1977), a send-up of Alfred Hitchcock movies with Brooks as the director of the PsychoNeurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous!
Also showing are The Twelve Chairs (1970), Brooks’ version of the Russian novel in which he takes the small role of the servant Tikon; and To Be or Not To Be (1983), a sparkling remake of the WWII-era Ernst Lubitsch comedy in which Brooks stars opposite real-life wife Anne Bancroft.

July 31,2014 – TCM Schedule:

8:00 PM – Twelve Chairs, The (1970)

A fallen aristocrat, a priest and a con artist search for a treasure of jewels hidden inside one of twelve dining chairs. Color-93 mins, CC, Letterbox

9:45 PM - Silent Movie (1976)

A film director struggles to produce a major silent feature film. Color-87 mins, CC, Letterbox

11:30 PM - High Anxiety (1977)

A man must come to terms with his own “high anxiety” in this loving parody of the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Color-94 mins, CC, Letterbox

1:15 AM - Dick Cavett Show, The: Mel Brooks (2006)

In this TCM world premiere interview, comedian Mel Brooks discusses his life and career with Dick Cavett. Color-58 mins, CC, Letterbox

2:15 AM - To Be or Not to Be (1983)

An actor and his wife struggle to survive (and make a living) when the Nazi’s invade Poland in this remake of “To Be or Not to Be” (1942). Color-107 mins, CC, Letterbox

Mel Brooks Recalls His First Mention in Variety in 1952



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Even the “2000 Year Old Man” had to start somewhere. Back in 1952, 26 year-old Mel Brooks was just another struggling comedy writer, penning sketches for a revue — albeit one backed by names like Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante and Eddie Cantor. “Curtain Going Up” had a two-week tryout in Philadelphia before a planned Broadway debut. Alas, the show never made it to the Great White Way, but the uber-talented Brooks certainly did. Again. And again. And again. Continue reading

‘Sid Made Us Laugh’: Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Billy Crystal Remember Sid Caesar at Paley Center

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© Kevin Parry for The Paley Center for Media

© Kevin Parry for The Paley Center for Media

Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Billy Crystal and Eddy Friedfeld took to the Paley Center Wednesday to salute the late, great Sid Caesar in a panel discussion full of love and laughs following the comedian’s passing in February.

“It’s the dream of a lifetime to honor one of my idols and closest friends with three of my other idols,” said Friedfeld, who worked with Caesar on his autobiography, “Caesar’s Hours: My Life in Comedy, With Love and Laughter,” and moderated the panel. “This is the Mount Rushmore of comedy,” he exclaimed.

© Kevin Parry for The Paley Center for Media

© Kevin Parry for The Paley Center for Media

The panel gave the four the opportunity to talk about Caesar, share stories and show the audience why Caesar was the legend he became.  “It’s very emotional,” said Brooks, on what the evening meant on a personal level.  “It’s a little overcoming because we not only worked for him — worked with him — but we loved him.  It’s like loving a family member.”

It was clear to the audience that the statement is not an exaggeration. Continue reading

LIVE STREAM: Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner & Billy Crystal salute Sid Caesar TONIGHT @ 7PM

showbiz-sid-caesarWhen Sid Caesar passed away earlier this year, he left a creative legacy that both shaped and indelibly transformed television comedy. His admirers, whose ranks included Albert Einstein, compared his comic mastery to the genius of his idol Charlie Chaplin. Billy Crystal will join Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner with moderator Eddy Friedfeld, co-author (with Sid Caesar) of Caesar’s Hours: My Life in Comedy, With Love and Laughter, for a special evening honoring iconic comedian Sid Caesar on Wednesday, July 16 at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The evening will feature clips of Sid’s work from the Paley Archive, along with a salute from industry guests and attendees to the genius who gave them their start. The event will recount the extraordinary and enduring contributions Sid Caesar made to the entire comedy world.

The July 16th event is sold out, but those unable to attend can enjoy the free live stream beginning at 7:00pm PT / 10:00pm ET at



Mel attends Spaceballs screening in Los Angeles

Bpt2OKWIQAA6HOLScreenshot (5) Mel Brooks surprised his fans on Tuesday night when he unexpectedly appeared at a screening of SPACEBALLS in Los Angeles. He introduced the film, sat with the audience and posed for photos with lucky movie-goers.

In June of 1987, Mel promoted SPACEBALLS by hosting Joan Rivers’ The Late Show on Fox. Highlights include Carl Reiner joining him to recreate the 2000 Year Old Man.