The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)
It’s practically a function of autocorrect at this point: you type “Mel Brooks,” the word “legend” pops up automatically. You don’t need me to [...]
"It would be hypocritical of me to take issue with anything in questionable taste, seeing that I invented bad taste in films. I'm sure Seth MacFarlane is pushing it a little further."
- Mel Brooks comments on the latest film work of Seth MacFarlane in a new interview with Esquire, in which he also talks about Richard Pryor, Blazing Saddles, and the possibility of finally making Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.
Next week, Conan O'Brien is doing an extended tribute to comedy great Sid Caesar, who passed away Wednesday, and Mel Brooks is set to appear on it to discuss Caesar's career, TBS announced today. O'Brien gave a heartfelt speech about Caesar on his show Wednesday night, but will devote a good chunk of his episode on Tuesday the 18th to Caesar with Brooks sharing "his unique personal and professional stories" about working with the deceased.
Conan O'Brien has had some amazing guests on his web series Serious Jibber-Jabber, but next week he's sitting down with a true legend in comedy, Mel Brooks. The full episode premieres Monday, but here's a sneak peak, where they talk about anxiety, Richard Pryor, and lunch with Alfred Hitchcock.
Here's PBS's new Mel Brooks documentary, which aired last week. Entitled Mel Brooks: Make a Noise it's a part of the network's American Masters series that features new interviews with Brooks and collaborators and peers like Joan Rivers, Rob Reiner, Richard Lewis, Nathan Lane, Barry Levinson, Tracy Ullman, David Steinberg, Neil Simon, and Carl Reiner