comedy

Mel Brooks: Make A Noise

American Master Mel Brooks Talks about Friend and Mentor Sid Caesar

Comedic legend Sid Caesar passed away February 12, 2014, at the age of 91. Caesar was a friend and mentor to Mel Brooks and the two worked together through much of Brooks’ early career. See Brooks talk about Caesar’s genius for comedy in this film excerpt from American Masters Mel Brooks: Make A Noise. Archival […]

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

About the Documentary

Johnny Carson (10/23/1925 – 1/23/2005) was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American history. Over the course of 30 years, 4,531 episodes and 23,000 guests, he became a fixture of national life and a part of the zeitgeist. In a 2007 TV Land/Entertainment Weekly poll, Americans voted Carson the greatest […]

Woody Allen: A Documentary

Exclusive The Punatorium

Dick Cavett recalls Woody Allen’s improvisation skills that rival the best of those of his peers and Woody improvises a sketch on ‘The Punatorium’ from The Dick Cavett Show. Woody Allen: A Documentary premieres nationally Sunday, November 20 from 9-11 p.m. and Monday, November 21 from 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part […]

Woody Allen: A Documentary

When Woody Met Diane

See what happened when Woody Allen first met Diane Keaton and learn what they both first thought of each other. Woody Allen: A Documentary premiered nationally Sunday, November 20 from 9-11 p.m. and Monday, November 21 from 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the 25th anniversary season of American Masters.

Woody Allen: A Documentary

Woody Allen at Tamiment

Woody Allen describes how he cut his teeth writing comedy sketches at the Tamiment, a Poconos resort. Woody Allen: A Documentary premiered in 2011 as part of the 25th anniversary season of American Masters.

Woody Allen: A Documentary

About the Film

Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access, Emmy®-winning, Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Robert Weide followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography. Woody Allen: A Documentary premieres […]

Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

Outtakes: Steve Martin on the Trains of Santa Monica

Steve Martin discusses the trains that used to run down Santa Monica Boulevard and how he  worked them into his act in this outtake from Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter, airing nationally Wednesday, March 2 at 8 p.m. (check local listings).

Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character

The Carol Burnett Interview

In the interview below, the versatile performer provides her own take on an award-winning career that began in New York City in the 1950s. Q: What challenges did you face starting out? A: I wanted to be on Broadway, but in musical comedy. Aside from being cast in Once Upon a Mattress, which was a […]

Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character

Filmmaker Interview – Kyra Thompson

In this interview, director Kyra Thompson discusses her latest film — AMERICAN MASTERS Carol Burnett: A Woman Of Character. Q. What first got you interested in doing a film about Carol Burnett? A. I have been a fan of Carol Burnett for years. I know that American Masters has wanted to do a film about […]