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Who asked for Young Frankenstein live?
January 8th, 2020 under ABC, Mel Brooks. [ Comments: none ]

I love Mel Brooks. I love Young Frankenstein. However, no one loved the Broadway musical Young Frankenstein. That is why it closed on so quickly on the Great White Way. It was considered a joke. Yet, for some reason, ABC thinks we want to see it live on our TV screens in the fall around Halloween. What are they thinking?

As the word, we say after you hear “Frau Blücher,” “Neigh!”

I don’t care if the revised version got positive reviews on The West End, there are hundreds of other musicals they can do first. If they are going to work with Mel Brooks, why not do The Producers with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick? What else are they doing now?

Are you going to watch it? I will, but don’t tell anyone!


Did Rick Moranis just reveal that Spaceballs 2 is not happening?
May 10th, 2018 under Mel Brooks, The Goldbergs. [ Comments: 2 ]

For almost 30 years, we have patiently waited for a sequel to Spaceballs and it looks Rick Moranis killed all hopes for it. Even though, Mel Brooks said he working on it last year.

Last night, Moranis voiced Black Helmet on The Goldbergs and the actor got a lot of love from the fans. Therefore, after the West Coast airing of the sitcom, he tweeted, “Thank you for all the love Twitter. Its not Spaceballs 2, but it’s the closest we’ll get :D.” Does that mean it is not going to happen? We do not know, but it looks to be the case.

This post is not all little shop of horrors. Moranis is taking off his hiatus chastity belt to appear on Netflix’s SCTV comedy special along with Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and Dave Thomas that will stream next year. It will be nice to see what he looks like under the Black Helmet these days because I miss the sweet face that gave us Seymour Krelboyne on the big screen.

Side note, if you live in Toronto or will be there this weekend, then you can still get tickets to Sunday for An Afternoon with SCTV moderated by Jimmy Kimmel.


Mel Brooks is a crook!
May 18th, 2014 under Jimmy Kimmel, Mel Brooks. [ Comments: none ]

Nathan Lane was on Jimmy Kimmel Live and he told the ABC late night host some stories about Mel Brooks. Back when the legendary funny man was working on Sid Caesar’s shows, he was more outrageous than he is now. One day Brooks went out with sketch writer Howard Morris, to eat lunch on a boat in Central Park. As they were eating their lunch, Mel took out a (fake) gun and told his co-worker to give him his wallet and watch. Morris did as Brooks said, and Mel paddled away telling Howard not to tell anyone. Three weeks went by and Brooks returned everything back to him and said he did it because he wanted to see if he could rob the nice guy. The two made up and then a week later after the two men were eating lunch, Brooks held up his buddy again in a dark alley.
Who knew besides stealing our hearts with all of his brilliant humor, Mel will also steal anything and everything you have. So if you ever run into him, make sure you have some protection. And I am not talking about the chastity belt that they used in Space Balls.
BTW since Jimmy Kimmel Live no longer posts the full interviews, you missed where Lane said that Brooks told him he is 15-20% gay! I love that line for some reason.


Mel Brooks and Conan O’Brien give the late great Sid Caesar a perfect tribute!
February 19th, 2014 under Conan O'Brien, Mel Brooks. [ Comments: none ]

If you ever watched any comedy on television, then you have to thank Sid Caesar for that because he is the forefather for all of it. Last week, the great comic passed away and Conan wanted to honor a man that should not be forgotten. When Conan O’Brien was 10 years old his father took him to see a Best Of for Caesar’s sketch comedy, Your Show of Shows, and it was then that he knew he wanted to get into comedy.
So yesterday, Conan had Caesar’s former writer and great friend, Mel Brooks, on the show to remember his greatness. He did so by sharing stories about TV’s first Improv comedian and how some of television’s most memorable moments came about. Brooks also told us stories about their lives together when the cameras weren’t rolling and they were just as funny. Like the time the funny man, who was also extremely strong, lifted up a car that was parked in his spot and placed it on the sidewalk. Too bad the paparazzi wasn’t around then to capture that moment because what a sight it must’ve been.
As great as it was to hear all of these stories, the tribute was made even better as the TBS late night show shared clips from Sid’s career so that those who didn’t know him, could find out how truly brilliant he was. It also helped those of us who knew who he was to remember what a visionary he sincerely was.
As I sat in the audience yesterday, I was in awe. I went to see one of my idols, Mel Brooks, in person, but I came away with so much more. As soon as I got home, I played on YouTube for hours and watched several of Sid Caesar’s sketches throughout the year.
So today take some time to watch Brooks and O’Brien talk about about Caesar, and then when you are done play on YouTube to see exactly what they were talking about. It will definitely make your day so much better.
Thank you to Conan O’Brien and Mel Brooks for a truly impactful night.


Mel Brooks: Make a Noise will make you laugh out loud a lot!
May 20th, 2013 under Mel Brooks, PBS. [ Comments: none ]

If you are a huge fan of Mel Brooks like me, then American Master’s Mel Brooks: Make a Noise is a must watch for you tonight at 9p on PBS.
The 90 minute special takes a look at Brooks’ illustrious career with the comedic genius doing long sit down interview about his life and work. Not only do we hear him talk about his life and his movies in the present, we get the opportunity to see him talk about both with past interviews throughout his long amazing career. We also get to hear from the people (Carl Reiner and his son Rob Reiner, Nathan Lane, Cloris Leachman, Matthew Broderick and so many more) who he has worked with and what they think makes him so special. When you hear his late wife Anne Bancroft talk about how magical their marriage is and how they met, it will bring a tear to your eye. But believe me there are plenty of more laughs during the 90 minute retrospect that includes interviews from today and yesteryear along with clips from his television shows and movies.
The show starts off with Mel Brooks talking about what got him interested in show business. Then he talks about his first role at just 15, and let’s just say it didn’t go well and there is a good reason why it didn’t work for him. Then we start to hear about how he got his start in the biz and working with Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows. He next talks about the struggles of making Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. We also find out how some of the classic scenes of his movies came about. For example Gene Wilder’s freak out scene in The Producers was thanks to having coffee after a long day of work, something he very rarely drank.
There are so many interesting tidbits in the American Masters special, that you are going to want to watch Mel Brooks: Make a Noise tonight at 9p on PBS from the beginning until the end because you don’t want to miss a single reveal of his comedic genius mind.
And if you can’t get enough of this history of Mel Brooks: Part 1 and want to watch it again and again? Then you can own the DVD tomorrow from Shout Factory and it is yours to enjoy whenever you want.


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