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Vegas I’m coming back! An evening with………ME!

Blazing Saddles. Young Frankenstein. The Producers. Mel Brooks has created some of the most iconic comedies in film history, and following a sold out debut in Las Vegas this summer, he returns to Wynn for an exclusive two-night engagement in the Encore Theater. The Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony award-winning actor, writer, producer and director performs a spectacular one-man show combining personal anecdotes, stand-up comedy and film clips of his most memorable work in An Evening with Mel Brooks. Set for Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, two special evenings of unforgettable stories and non-stop laughter await this spring.

Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, December 8 at 10 a.m. PT.

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Mel Brooks: Blazing Saddles would never be made today

Mel Brooks, one of Hollywood’s funniest film-makers, has told the BBC political correctness is “the death of comedy”.

He said Blazing Saddles, his Western spoof about a black sheriff in a racist town, could never be made today.

“It’s OK not to hurt the feelings of various tribes and groups,” he said. “However, it’s not good for comedy.

“Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. It’s the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, telling the truth about human behaviour.”

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Review – Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein at Newcastle Theatre Royal

Ross Noble as Igor in Young Frankenstein (Image: Manuel Harlan)

 

Never having seen the 1974 film Young Frankenstein, starring Gene Wilder, I didn’t know quite what to expect from its stage adaptation which is currently enjoying a UK premiere at Newcastle Theatre Royal . But knowing the zany reputation of the legendary Brooks, who wrote and directed it, I thought I had a pretty good idea. Even so, it’s not easy to review a show which is such a fast and furious madcap mix of ingredients. Suffice to say that from the flash of lightning that marks its start to the cracking ensemble finale, this musical-comedy take on the classic horror story is monstrously good.

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‘Spaceballs’ at 30: Bill Pullman Says Crew Worried Blue Screen Would Make Them Go Blind

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Of all the fond memories Bill Pullman has of working on Spaceballs, explaining how the crew feared that working with a special effects blue screen could make them pass out or go blind is the tale which makes him laugh the hardest recounting.

Now a household name, the then 32-year-old actor was an unknown with only one film credit under his belt (Ruthless People) when Mel Brooks discovered him in a play called Barabbas at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. It was at that point — after Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks both turned down the lead role in his sci-fi parody — the iconic writer/director offered Pullman the part of Lone Starr.

As the beloved Star Wars spoof turns 30 (June 24), Pullman granted The Hollywood Reporter an in-depth interview to discuss his zany adventure of working with Brooks, the late John Candy’s frustrations with his costume and how Pullman’s makeup artist scolded him for not acting like a star, among other cherished memories.

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At age 91, Mel Brooks will play Vegas for the first time.

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When he arrives in Las Vegas at the end of June, Mel Brooks will have just blown out 91 candles on his birthday cake.

Brooks’ first Las Vegas appearance comes in the form of a one-man show called “An Evening With Mel Brooks,” which gives a behind-the-scenes look at his long, Hollywood-centric life.

During his career, the actor, director and film producer has won four Emmys, three Grammys, one Oscar and three Tonys. He said it was hotel mogul Steve Wynn who asked him to perform in Sin City.

Click here to read the whole Los Angeles Times article

Q & ANDY: MEL BROOKS By ANDY WARHOL

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At 90 years old, the prince of parody has been awarded four Emmys, three Grammys, one Oscar, and three Tonys (and, as the self-described “EGOTAK” is quick to point out, awards from the American Film Institute and the Kennedy Center). In the new HBO documentary If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast, he joins other notable nonagenarians in singing the praises of advanced age with host Carl Reiner. Here, The Producers producer (and writer-director) submits to some appropriately absurd questions from the writings of Warhol.

Click here to read the whole Interview Magazine article

Mel shares stories about his life, career and the making of ‘Blazing Saddles’

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Everything was in place for a conventional interview during Mel Brooks’ appearance Saturday night in Reading. Two comfortable chairs were on the stage, one for the filmmaker and the other for a moderator. It isn’t clear why they bothered.

The remarkable 90-year-old Brooks talked so much the moderator barely got a word in edgewise, and the comic legend rarely stayed in his seat as he told anecdotes about his life, career and the making of “Blazing Saddles,” which was screened before his talk.The 1974 hit dominated much of the conversation. Brooks pronounced it his best film and perhaps the funniest movie ever made.

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Mel at the premiere of “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.”

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Mel Brooks made it clear that he was not paid to appear at the premiere of the new HBO documentary “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.”

“They never pay, they never pay,” he joked. “How funny I was tonight and I don’t get a penny.”

Brooks stole the show from fellow Hollywood legends Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke and Norman Lear, with whom he shared the stage after the screening Wednesday. The four longtime friends star in the film, which explores what makes for a vibrant, active life after age 90. Non-famous nonagenarians and centenarians are also featured, including a 101-year-old competitive runner, a 100-year-old pianist and a 98-year-old yoga teacher.

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MORE LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED – LAS VEGAS

AN EVENING WITH MEL BROOKS

Blazing Saddles. Young Frankenstein. The Producers. Mel has created some of the most iconic comedies in film history, and now he offers a behind-the-scenes look at his extraordinary life and career during an exclusive two-night event at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. Set for Friday and Saturday, June 30 and July 1, An Evening with Mel Brooks features the Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony winning actor, writer, producer, and director in a rare onstage event that combines personal anecdotes with stand-up comedy and film clips of his most memorable work. Reserve seats now for this night of unforgettable stories and non-stop laughter.

Buy tickets online or call show reservations at (702) 770-9966.

Casting Announced for U.K. Premiere of Young Frankenstein

Casting has been announced for the U.K. premiere production of Mel Brooks‘ Young Frankenstein that, as previously announced, will begin performances September 28 prior to an official opening October 10 at the Garrick Theatre, following an out-of-town tryout at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal, August 26–September 9.

Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph, and Hadley Fraser will lead the cast, with featured roles played by Dianne Pilkington, Summer Strallen, and Patrick Clancy. The company will include Imogen Brooke, Matt Crandon, Nathan Elwick, Kelly Ewins-Prouse, Andrew Gordon-Watkins, Sammy Kelly, Richard Pitt, Harriet Samuel-Gray, Gemma Scholes, Emily Squibb, Aron Wild, and Josh Wilmott.

Read the whole story here on Playbill.com