Judd Apatow moderated a discussion between Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner in front of a live audience this afternoon, and here's video of the whole thing. It's all centered on Mel Brooks joining Twitter, which just happened today. The talk was the first event in #ComedyFest, a five-day comedy festival that Comedy Central and Twitter are putting on together because Twitter doesn't have enough comedy on it already.
See below for the full #ComedyFest lineup, with events featuring Tom Lennon, Eugene Mirman, Hannibal Buress, and more:
Conan had a stacked deck last night with lovely comedy people Mel Brooks and Kristen Schaal stopping by to talk about stuff and be funny while doing it (stand-up Jon Dore was also set to appear but was bumped for time). Here's the start of Brooks's interview, in which he talks about his youth as a cocky shoplifter. Hit the jump for the rest of Brooks's interview, which touches on Blazing Saddles, Sid Caesar, and World War II stories, as well as Kristen Schaal's interview, which is coincidentally all about Blazing Saddles, Sid Caesar, and World War II:
Amazon is selling The Mel Brooks Collection, a nine-disc set consisting of most of the director's movies, for the low price of $25.99, which is way way lower than the list price of $80. The set includes Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, History of the Wold Part 1, Robin Hood Men In Tights, Silent Movie, To Be or Not to Be, and Twelve Chairs, and for that price, you'd be some kind of nut to pass this up.
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