Mel Brooks remembers growing up poor and exotic fruit cocktails.
Not everybody gets Mel Brooks. Don’t worry though, he’ll take it personally. Susan Stroman, director for the Broadway run of Brooks’ The Producers, remembers a WWII vet who walked out when Hitler showed up in the musical.
The literal buttons on Carl Reiner’s jacket.
After 60 years in show business, Mel Brooks has earned more major awards than any other living entertainer; he is one of 14 EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winners. Yet, the comedy giant has energetically avoided a documentary profile being made, even issuing an informal gag order on his friends … until now. Brooks agreed to throw himself into a new documentary about his storied career, giving American Masters exclusive interviews and complete access to his film and photo archives.
Mel Brooks is one of those rags to riches, only in America stories. But, it’s not like Brooks hit the lottery. He worked hard for what he made of himself. Here, Brooks remembers his mother — burning the midnight oil — making a rhinestone dress to sell.
Starting in 1960, Carl Reiner teamed with Mel Brooks as a comedy duo on The Steve Allen Show. Their performances on stage and television included Reiner playing the straight man to Brooks’ 2000 Year Old Man character. Here, Reiner remembers what it was like to work with Brooks.
Writer, director, producer and editor Robert Trachtenberg talks Mel Brooks: Make A Noise with AMERICAN MASTERS.
The life and times of Mel Brooks: The 2000 Year Old Man.
Mel Brooks, director, producer, writer and actor, is in an elite group as one of the few entertainers to earn all four major entertainment prizes – the Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar. Learn more about Brooks’ career.