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.”
Mel Brooks is undead and loving it. The legendary comedian and filmmaker voices the ancient vampire Vlad — the cranky old father of Adam Sandler’s Dracula — in the animated sequelHotel Transylvania 2. The film arrives in theaters Sept. 25, 2015, and is directed by the returning Genndy Tartakovsky.
The centuries-old Vlad is “like my real, honest-to-goodness personality. I’m pretty grumpy,” jokes Brooks, 88. “It was a good choice.”
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American Masters’ Mel Brooks: Make a Noise is now available to stream on Netflix!
Mel Brooks: Make a Noise journeys through Brooks’ early years in the creative beginnings of live television — with Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows — to the film genres he so successfully satirized in Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety, and Spaceballs — to the groundbreaking Broadway musical version of his first film, The Producers. The documentary also delves into his professional and personal ups and downs — his childhood, his first wife and subsequent 41-year marriage to Anne Bancroft — capturing a never-before-heard sense of reflection and confession.
Robert Trachtenberg is writer, director, producer, and editor. Susan Lacy is American Masters series creator and executive producer.
Now approaching his ninetieth year, the irrepressible original King of All Media—who is one of the rare individuals to realize the EGOT dream of winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony—has attained showbiz immortality with a three-decade cinematic career of pricelessly hilarious jokery, which was launched with Brooks’ first film, the Oscar-winning The Producers (1968), which kicks off our ten-film focus on Brooks filmic legacy – including other comedic classics like Spaceballs (1987), Blazing Saddles (1974) and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993).