Mel Brooks: Unwrapped Trailer Promises a Never Ending(?) Mel Brooks Interview
For decades, a BBC interviewer by the name of Alan Yentob has been interviewing/playing along with the masterful shenanigans of the brilliant, truly legendary Mel Brooks.
This mockumentary comedy special spans generations all the way up to present day Mel Brooks who still seems just as sharp as ever (no matter what your age is when taking in his work).
We can’t wait to see what Brooks and Yentob had hidden up their collective sleeves for all these years (must be pretty big sleeves, right?) with Mel Brooks: Unwrapped coming to HBO next Friday, Dec. 13th.
Enjoy a delicious taste of what’s to come with this trailer.
Screening the Mel Brooks comedy classic Young Frankenstein at what used to be an old movie theater, but now is a booming comedy-focused venue sounds like a pretty swell Halloween, don’t you?
Well, that’s what’s in store for Halloween night at Dynasty Typewriter along with an accompanying costume contest! If you’re not trick-or-treating or into testing your limits of fear at this super high production value haunted houses, this is pretty damn good bet for Halloween.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of. Go get ‘em here.
The Riot LA Comedy Festival, one of the annual comedy events in LA that you shouldn’t miss, is only a few weeks away. Just look at the poster above to see the big, stacked line-up that’s in store for later this month.
The rest of our listings for comedy shows, events, open mics, and maps can be found at www.thecomedybureau.com.
5th Annual Riot LA Comedy Festival to Have Mel Brooks, Ali Wong, Dr. Katz Live, and More
Just a few weeks after new year, when hopefully the world is back on its way to some sort of normalcy, the 5th Annual Riot LA Comedy Festival will have its run and bring some much needed comedic relief to any and all in DTLA from Jan. 20th-22nd.
So far, the festival is looking to go bigger for 2017 as the venues will be bigger and they’re going to have a ferris wheel. That’s in addition to a screening of Blazing Saddles complete with Q&A with Mel Brooks, Ali Wong headlining, a brand new round of Dr. Katz Live!, and much more TBA soon.
Passes and tickets will go on sale at riotla.com this Friday, October 14th at 10AM PDT, but there’s a AMEX and Goldenvoice pre-sale on Thursday at 10AM PDT as well.
Mel Brooks Waxes Nostalgic About His Late Friend, Gene Wilder
One of the people that knew Gene Wilder best was Mel Brooks.
With the unfortunate passing of Wilder happening this week, Brooks went on The Tonight Show and shared his fond memories of Gene and their collaborations on some of the comedies that time will never forget.
Thursday, Mar. 19th at Fred Kavli Theatre at The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Tickets are $304.00 (VIP Meet and Greet), $99.00, $79.00, $59.00.
“Blazing Samurai”, an Animated Homage to “Blazing Saddles” with Talking Animals, Set For 2017 Summer Release
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
Mel Brooks is not only on board for this movie, but he also is part of the voice cast.
August 2017 is the target date for Blazing Samurai, a movie sounds as unbelievable as Blazing Saddles, its source of inspiration, did when it was first being conceived.
Lion King director Rob Minkoff has brought on the likes of Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, and more as well as the aforementioned Brooks for a movie that seemingly takes the plot of Blazing Saddles, makes all the characters anthropomorphic animals, and sets it in feudal Japan. Like we said, it sounds pretty out there, but so was the meta, absurd comedy of Brooks all those decades ago.
Brooks being heavily involved is definitely more reassuring that this might be a highlight of 2017 summer fare.
Watch Generations of Comedy Bridge the Gap When Mel Brooks, Jerrod Carmichael, and James Corden Improvise a Bit Together
We’re not sure whether it’s the fates or it was intentional, but it was great to see the likes of living comedy legend Mel Brooks, rising star Jerrod Carmichael, and delightful upstart James Corden on The Late Late Show all together, spanning several decades of comedy.
Even more wonderful than that is the fact they bonded over doing a time-honored bit.
Mel Brooks To Honor Steve Martin With AFI Life Achievement Award
(via The Wrap)
This awards ceremony will get to air on TBS so we can only hope that there’s an elaborate bit being planned between Brooks and Martin.
For the almost mythologically large career that Steve Martin has had, The American Film Institute is honoring him with a Life Achievement Award. Previous AFI Life Achievement Award winner and fellow comedy legend Mel Brooks will be presenting Martin with the award, which we’ll all get to see on Jun. 13th on TBS.
As of now, Steve has ¾ of an EGOT as well as a Mark Twain Prize and will now be receiving this award. So, he has an EGOMTAFI?
Shout! Factory Has Launched Free Streaming Service That Has MST3K, Weird Al Show, Home Movies, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks,
Looks like you’re going to have make more free time in your day for binge watching.
Shout! Factory has just launched a free streaming service that will allow you to instantly watch some more niche comedy movies/series/specials/live events that isn’t perhaps available to immediately see on Netflix or Hulu.
So far, you’ll get to watch the likes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Home Movies,The Ernie Kovacs Collection, Steve Martin, ASSSSCAT, Mel Brooks, The Weird Al Show, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, and more.
So, you can kiss the rest of this week goodbye and start getting into all of this right now for free right here.
Here’s a Teaser for Mel Brooks’ HBO Special “Live At The Geffen” Premiering This Sat.
Comedy legend Mel Brooks has so many showbiz stories and is still damned funny at 88 we can only wonder why his comedy special “Live At The Geffen”, coming this weekend to HBO isn’t an entire mini-series.
Get a taste of the stories, jokes, songs, and more that’s all packed into Live At The Geffen in this teaser. Then, be sure to catch it at 9PM on this Sat. Jan. 31st on HBO.
If this somehow, interfering with your Super Bowl party, then you need to rearrange your priorities.
FX Will Premiere “The Comedians” and Season 5 of “Louie” on Apr. 9th
This spring, FX will see a whole hour block of series focused on the lives of comedians.
The series premiere of The Comedians with Josh Gad and Billy Crystal playing two comedians bridging generational gaps in comedy and the premiere of the fifth season of Louie will kick off Apr. 9th at 10PM.
Note that, Louie will only have 8 episodes for this latest season, which seems like the season order of a freshman show. However, The Comedians will have Mel Brooks, Jimmy Kimmel, and Rob Reiner as guest stars in their first season (via Variety).
This still makes us curious how comedies are split between FX and FXx.
Mel Brooks HBO Special “Live at The Geffen” Premiering Jan. 31st
So, the legendary Mel Brooks did a one man variety show at The Geffen Playhouse and it will now be a comedy special for HBO.
Stories, bits, and musical numbers are all part of Mel Brooks Live at The Geffen and you should make a reminder, or even your New Year’s Resolution, to watch its premiere on Jan. 31st 9PM on HBO.
Fox Names Street on Their Lot After Mel Brooks
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
Turns out George Carlin isn’t the only comedy legend to get a named after them this week.
Fox Studios made sure that the street that runs by the sound stage where Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein was shot at bares the Brooks’ name and had a ceremony earlier this week.
So, if you’re on the Fox lot here in LA, which is much harder to get to than George Carlin Way, make sure to go by Mel Brooks Blvd and try to recreate that big chase scene through the studio backlot from Blazing Saddles.
Mel Brooks Remembered Filling In for Joan Rivers and The Prank He Pulled with His Handprints at the Chinese Theater
It’s always a delight when Mel Brooks is anywhere on TV, but he’s especially a fun watch when he’s on late night. Brooks has so many amazing, hilarious stories that he could just keep telling them every night and seemingly never run out.
Such is the case with his appearance on Conan last night with the one time he filled in for Joan Rivers on her late night talk show and the prank he pulled when leaving his handprints in cement at the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
Blazing Saddles Gets a 40th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray
Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles is, without question, one of the funniest movies of all time. That’s why the release of a special 40th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray should also go without question.
Just released yesterday by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, not only will you get the classic film, but plenty of bonus content including the Black Bart TV pilot inspired by the movie, commentary by the legendary Mel Brooks, 10 collectable quotable cards, and more.
We’d say this is something that you would do better to have your own copy of rather than watch via Netflix, etc. So, pick up your copy here.
Mel Brooks and Conan O’Brien Remember Sid Caesar
Sid Caesar will hopefully not be unsung in 2014 and onwards as Mel Brooks and Conan O’Brien took several segments in remembering Sid’s wondrous comedy career last night on Conan.