TV Review: Mel Brooks Live At The Geffen

Posted: February 7, 2015 in Comedy, TV


Legendary comedy writer and director Mel Brooks performs at a one man show at the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles.  Brooks talks about growing up in Brooklyn, New York, serving in the army, and almost getting fired as a writer from Your Show of Shows.  Brooks sings several of his songs “High Anxiety” and “Blazing Saddles” and talks about casting “Blazing Saddles” and meeting Alfred Hitchcock during the making of “High Anxiety.” Fellow legendary writer Carl Reiner, while in the audience, asks Mel Brooks to imitate a cat. And Mel does.

This is a good special, some really funny stories and anecdotes, but unless you know Mel Brooks’ work, you really can’t enjoy this special very much.  If you’re too young to remember a classic Mel Brooks movie, or have only seen the re-make of The Producers, might I humbly suggest watching these three Mel Brooks films:  The original Producers with Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel, Blazing Saddles with Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little, and Young Frankenstein with Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn.  If you’ve seen these films, you know what makes Mel Brooks funny, he will make any joke in order to make the audience laugh.  If you haven’t seen these movies, do yourself a favor and watch these films, you will laugh yourself silly, and understand the stories in this special a lot better.

Mel Brooks:  Live At The Geffen.  The Sweet Mel of Success.


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