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When Edward R. Murrow Visited Sid Caesar's Place

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.)

Last week, as I'm sure you're already well aware, we lost one of the greats. Sid Caesar passed away at the age of 91. [...]

Mel Brooks and His Wonderful Rejection of Subtlety

Back in a time when our primary source of film-watching outside the movie theatre involved a trip to a video store, it was much harder to be a young boy curious about what might exist beyond the G-rated family comedies we would watch on Sunday nights (my family would do this “picnic style” which meant putting down a dirty blanket in our suburban finished basement, ordering chinese food, and eating on the floor while we watched). One day my parents allowed me to attend a friend’s birthday party where we would be watching Mel Brooks’ R-rated film, Blazing Saddles, perhaps just pleased that we weren’t going to watch one [...]

Woody Allen Says He Has Nothing in Common with Mel Brooks But Is a Bob Hope Plagiarist

"I love Mel Brooks. And I've had wonderful times working with him. But I don't see any similarities between Mel and myself except, you know, we're both short Jews. That's where it ends. His style of humor is completely different. But Bob Hope? I'm practically a plagiarist."

- Woody Allen to Esquire in a great piece for their "What I Learned" series that also sees him discussing his dinner with Ingmar Bergman ("like a house painter sitting down with Picasso"), why he doesn't read any reviews, and the time a cabdriver taught him to shave as a kid.

Fighting – or at Least Responding to – War and Terrorism with Comedy

Welcome to the latest installment of Tragedy Plus Time. Each segment will focus on a particular ‘life crisis’ — sometimes globally tragic, sometimes more of a personal affair — and we’ll explore how many of the comedians we know and love have dealt with it.

If you were following any social media during the Boston bombings last month, you would have observed the global dialogue quickly shift from mundane chatter to the somber details of the attack. Concerns for safety, information about what had transpired, and speculation on the culprits behind it dominated the national conversation. Remarks about any other topic were deemed callous and inappropriate. Especially jokes, on [...]

This Week in Podcasts: Mel Brooks's First Second Podcast, a Very Jen Kirkman Christmas, and More

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy.  Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. Also, we'll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

The Nerdist #288 - Mel Brooks

ROGER: Not too long after [...]

Mel Brooks Talks Sid Caesar with Conan O'Brien

Last night, Mel Brooks paid Conan a visit to remember the great Sid Caesar. Above, watch Brooks and O'Brien compare Irish and Jewish funeral traditions then talk about Caesar's gibberish skills, then click through to watch Brooks explain why Caesar never went off to Hollywood.

Watch Mel Brooks and Conan O'Brien Have a Long Talk

Here's the latest episode of Conan O'Brien's longform interview web series, Serious Jibber-Jabber. His guest this time is living comedy legend Mel Brooks, and the two proceed to have an hour-plus, serious talk about Brooks's career. Conan's past Serious Jibber-Jabber interview subjects have included Judd Apatow, Martin Short, and a bunch of Simpsons writers.

Mel Brooks Receives the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Film Institute honored Mel Brooks last night with a lifetime achievement award, and a seemingly-endless slew of his comedy and movie peers were in attendance to honor him. Larry David, Carl Reiner, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, David Lynch, Conan O'Brien, Martin Short, Cloris Leachman, Richard Lewis, Robert De Niro, and Morgan Freeman all took to the stage to crack jokes and speak Brooks's praises. Here's a collection of the best quotes from the evening:

"The thing about Mel is he never lets his love of Scientology affect his work" – Martin Short

"This is nearly an important occasion" – Mel Brooks

"When I telephoned [...]

Watch Judd Apatow Interview Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks

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:

Mel Brooks and Kristen Schaal Are Delightful on 'Conan'

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:

Mel Brooks to Appear on Conan O'Brien's Tribute Episode to Sid Caesar

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.

Here's a Sneak Peak At Conan Jibber-Jabbering with Mel Brooks

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.

Watch PBS's 'American Masters' Mel Brooks Documentary Right Now

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

Enjoy the 1981 Mel Brooks BBC Doc 'I Thought I Was Taller'

Mel Brooks was the subject of this wildly funny BBC documentary, I Thought I Was Taller, that originally aired in 1981 and has now surfaced on the shores of YouTube. The doc was released to coincide with the premiere of The History of the World, Part I. Finally, we get to see what it's like when Mel Brooks watches one of his own movies. Check out the rest of the hour-long special, embedded after the jump:

(via Classic Television Showbiz).