The 2,000-year-old man is a couple of decades older now, but he's still as funny and sharp as ever. Tonight, the Paley Center screens American Masters' Mel Brooks: Make a Noise (airs on PBS May 20), a tribute to comedy's greatest mensch, who gave us The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, and was responsible for Broadway's biggest revitalization since Andrew Lloyd Weber. Robert Trachtenberg — who directed Brooks in an episode of The Dick Cavett Show on TCM in 2006 — traces the evolution of Brooks' career, from Catskills stand-up comic to writer for Sid Caesar to film director (and one of few people to win an Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy). It includes interviews with talking heads Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Joan Rivers, Cloris Leachman and Carl Reiner, another comedic legend who has long played Brooks' straight man. A post-screening discussion with Brooks and Trachtenberg follows. Maybe now you'll find out how the upcoming musical version of Blazing Saddles is shaping up. The Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; Thurs., May 9, 7 p.m.; $20. (310) 786-1000, paleycenter.org.
Thu., May 9, 7 p.m., 2013
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