Mel Brooks, one of the most iconic voices in American comedy has done a tremendous amount of things during his career. This Saturday, January 31st he’s going to do something he hasn’t done in his lifetime, and that is tape a one-man show for HBO. Saturday at 9pm is the release of Mel Brooks Live At The Geffen featuring Brooks live on stage telling anecdotes from his life.
Brooks taped the special at the Geffen Playouse in Westwood LA and told stories that run through his childhood in Brooklyn, his rise to television (via Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows), his courtship and marriage to actress Anne Bancroft, and his illustrious film career as writer-director of The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and other iconic comedy films. The latter part of Brooks’ special features him backed by pianist Gerald Sternbach as he performs renditions of several tunes he’s composed and/or authored, including Blazing Saddles and High Anxiety.
This will be the third comedy special Brooks will have with HBO in the last few years. Including 2011’s Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again and 2012’s Mel Brooks Strikes Back!