Mel’s One-Man Show Debuts on HBO 1/31

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HBO press release: MEL BROOKS LIVE AT THE GEFFEN,

Mel Brooks is one of the funniest voices in American comedy. Now, the entertainment legend dons a tux and takes the stage for a memorable one-man show filled with jokes, songs and hilarious anecdotes when MEL BROOKS LIVE AT THE GEFFEN debuts SATURDAY, JAN. 31 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Appearing onstage at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, Los Angeles before a live audience, the indefatigable comedian shares intimate stories of his childhood in Brooklyn, his rise in television (triggered by a breakthrough writing gig on Sid Caesar’s classic “Your Show of Shows”), his courtship and marriage to actress Anne Bancroft, and his illustrious film career as writer-director of “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” and other comedy classics.  Later, backed by pianist Gerald Sternbach, Brooks performs spirited renditions of several tunes he’s composed and/or authored, including “Blazing Saddles” and “High Anxiety,” and fields questions from the audience (including a surprise special guest) before taking a well-deserved bow.

“Mel Brooks is a national treasure who belongs on HBO,” says Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “This sidesplitting special will delight longtime fans and introduce him to a new generation of comedy buffs.”