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2013-10-21 03:40:08 PM  
As old as Mel Brooks is, he looks decent. He looks his age, but he doesn't seem slow or doddering.
 
2013-10-21 04:53:10 PM  

SmackLT: As old as Mel Brooks is, he looks decent. He looks his age, but he doesn't seem slow or doddering.


Yes!  Ten minutes in he's warmed up and all of this energy just comes out of nowhere.

Fantastic interview.
 
2013-10-21 05:33:19 PM  
Mel is an entertainment God. Decade after decade of hits. Nice to see that Conan not only understands that, but also understands how rare an opportunity that was.

Conan is trying to become my favorite human. Currently failing, but he is trying.
 
2013-10-21 05:35:08 PM  
Was sad to hear when he closed down his studio..but good to see he is still sharp.
 
2013-10-21 05:44:52 PM  
Years and years ago (apparently more than 20 years ago, according to Google) Bob Costas did a four-part interview with Mel Brooks which was one of the funniest things I've ever seen on TV. Brooks has a better working understanding of comedy -of why things are funny- than anyone else alive today.
 
2013-10-21 05:47:46 PM  
Wow. Mel Brooks is STILL awesome
 
2013-10-21 05:52:34 PM  
Maron did it already.


/just kidding,  not really that cynical
//looking forward to seeing these two talk to each other
///but seriously, Maron did it.
 
2013-10-21 05:52:50 PM  
5 minutes in and I'm already laughing.
 
2013-10-21 06:00:46 PM  

salvador.hardin: Maron did it already.


/just kidding,  not really that cynical
//looking forward to seeing these two talk to each other
///but seriously, Maron did it.


The WTF episodes with Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner were excellent.  I'll be checking this out when I get done with work.
 
2013-10-21 06:00:59 PM  

salvador.hardin: Maron did it already.


/just kidding,  not really that cynical
//looking forward to seeing these two talk to each other
///but seriously, Maron did it.


And did Carl Reiner a week later.

/Saw Conan on Saturday at Tenacious D's Festival Supreme.
//Triumph's set? Surprisingly decent. Better than Adam Sandler.
///Zach Galifianakis only did 10 minutes in a 30 minute slot.
 
2013-10-21 06:19:13 PM  

salvador.hardin: Maron did it already.


/just kidding,  not really that cynical
//looking forward to seeing these two talk to each other
///but seriously, Maron did it.


Maron is really hit or miss for me. But I will love Conan for always. These "Serious Jibber-Jabber" interviews have been pretty consistently awesome.
 
2013-10-21 06:28:27 PM  
Interesting discussions about how Tarantino did the best depiction of slavery yet. We'll see if that holds up after 12 Years a Slave.
 
2013-10-21 07:18:22 PM  
Vid won't play for me...and I was looking forward to it.
/=(
 
2013-10-21 07:25:20 PM  
Did he have chicken? Did he have sandwiches?

/No tongue. Tongue is death.
/I always thought Norman Steinberg was Mel Brooks' pen name. Who knew?
 
2013-10-21 08:13:45 PM  
Truly awesome.
 
2013-10-21 08:17:16 PM  
Muachindizing!  Muachindizing!  Dat's where da real money from the movie is made!

May the Schwartz be with you, funny man
 
2013-10-21 08:19:02 PM  
Mel Brooks is a comedy god.  That is all.

/Springtime for Hitlerrrrrrrrrrrr in Germanyyyyyyyyyyyy....
 
2013-10-21 08:45:00 PM  
An hour of Mel Brooks?  No thanks.  I'd rather clean the kitchen.
 
2013-10-21 08:51:28 PM  

chrisco123: An hour of Mel Brooks?  No thanks.  I'd rather clean the kitchen.


You must be German.
 
2013-10-21 09:03:48 PM  

DamnYankees: Interesting discussions about how Tarantino did the best depiction of slavery yet. We'll see if that holds up after 12 Years a Slave.


Not hard.  The previous best depiction was Gone With The Wind, for chrissake.
 
2013-10-21 09:06:23 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: DamnYankees: Interesting discussions about how Tarantino did the best depiction of slavery yet. We'll see if that holds up after 12 Years a Slave.

Not hard.  The previous best depiction was Gone With The Wind, for chrissake.


You are forgetting about "Roots" ?
 
2013-10-21 09:08:23 PM  

OgreMagi: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: DamnYankees: Interesting discussions about how Tarantino did the best depiction of slavery yet. We'll see if that holds up after 12 Years a Slave.

Not hard.  The previous best depiction was Gone With The Wind, for chrissake.

You are forgetting about "Roots" ?


We're talking movies, bro.  That was a TV mini series.
 
2013-10-21 09:09:50 PM  

RevMercutio: salvador.hardin: Maron did it already.


/just kidding,  not really that cynical
//looking forward to seeing these two talk to each other
///but seriously, Maron did it.

And did Carl Reiner a week later.

/Saw Conan on Saturday at Tenacious D's Festival Supreme.
//Triumph's set? Surprisingly decent. Better than Adam Sandler.
///Zach Galifianakis only did 10 minutes in a 30 minute slot.


Marin had Dick van Dyke a few weeks after that.
 
2013-10-21 09:10:52 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Years and years ago (apparently more than 20 years ago, according to Google) Bob Costas did a four-part interview with Mel Brooks which was one of the funniest things I've ever seen on TV. Brooks has a better working understanding of comedy -of why things are funny- than anyone else alive today.


I remember that. Bob was literally falling out of his chair laughing.
 
2013-10-21 09:14:24 PM  
It's a shame his last few films were SO bad (although I have a soft spot in my heart for "To Be or Not To Be" he didn't direct it), but Robin Hood, Dracula, Life Stinks.... bad movies.

But his earlier stuff is legend

(you know, as much as Spaceballs is loved, it doesn't compare to Young Frankenstein or Blazing Saddles.  The problem with Spaceballs, and beyond, was that he would start to explain the jokes, and that was his downfall)

Example:  In Robin Hood, there was a character named "Blinkin"
So Blinkin enters the scene and another character says "Hey, Blinkin!"
And Blinkin says "Abe Lincoln?!"

That's the joke.  Leave it there.  It's funny.  But he insists on explaining it by having the other character say "No, I said 'Hey, Blinkin'"

Now the joke isn't funny anymore.
 
2013-10-21 09:19:57 PM  
i might have just came in my pants.
 
2013-10-21 09:32:12 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: DamnYankees: Interesting discussions about how Tarantino did the best depiction of slavery yet. We'll see if that holds up after 12 Years a Slave.

Not hard.  The previous best depiction was Gone With The Wind, for chrissake.


Amistad.
 
2013-10-21 09:45:58 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: DamnYankees: Interesting discussions about how Tarantino did the best depiction of slavery yet. We'll see if that holds up after 12 Years a Slave.

Not hard.  The previous best depiction was Gone With The Wind, for chrissake.

Amistad.


White Chicks.
 
2013-10-21 10:02:09 PM  

ModernLuddite: Dwight_Yeast: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: DamnYankees: Interesting discussions about how Tarantino did the best depiction of slavery yet. We'll see if that holds up after 12 Years a Slave.

Not hard.  The previous best depiction was Gone With The Wind, for chrissake.

Amistad.

White Chicks.


Silence of the Lambs

/being in The Well is a kind of slavery
 
2013-10-21 10:12:40 PM  
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2013-10-21 10:17:24 PM  
 
2013-10-21 11:02:36 PM  
not only does not he have my respect for his movies. but for this.

api.ning.com
 
2013-10-21 11:04:28 PM  
It's good to be the king.
 
2013-10-21 11:37:52 PM  
Its always feels good to romanticize a guy's career when he's close to death, but any objective summary of Brooks' directorial output consists of 10% Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Space Balls, and 90% unfunny derivative turdlings we'd rather pretend never happened.

Also, Conan couldn't interview himself out of a pair of tweezers, and I don't pretend to know what that means.
 
2013-10-21 11:48:27 PM  

Funbags: Its always feels good to romanticize a guy's career when he's close to death, but any objective summary of Brooks' directorial output consists of 10% Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Space Balls, and 90% unfunny derivative turdlings we'd rather pretend never happened.

Also, Conan couldn't interview himself out of a pair of tweezers, and I don't pretend to know what that means.


Or Silent Movie, The Producers, The 2000 Year Old Man, High Anxiety, The Electric Company, To Be or Not to Be, Life , Stinks, he is such a hack.
 
2013-10-22 12:05:27 AM  

buntz: It's a shame his last few films were SO bad (although I have a soft spot in my heart for "To Be or Not To Be" he didn't direct it), but Robin Hood, Dracula, Life Stinks.... bad movies.


I thought Robin Hood: Men in Tights was hilarious when I was 12 years old.  But when I rewatched as an adult I was dismayed by how unfunny it was.  Definitely not on the same level as Brooks' earlier stuff.

Still, you gotta admit that the "blood geyser" scene from Dracula: Dead and Loving It was pretty damn funny.
 
2013-10-22 12:20:03 AM  
This interview should be part of a masters class in comedy and show business. It's well worth the time to watch.

And yeah, when I was a kid I was blown away that he was married to Anne Bancroft.
 
2013-10-22 01:15:35 AM  

theflatline: Funbags: Its always feels good to romanticize a guy's career when he's close to death, but any objective summary of Brooks' directorial output consists of 10% Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Space Balls, and 90% unfunny derivative turdlings we'd rather pretend never happened.

Also, Conan couldn't interview himself out of a pair of tweezers, and I don't pretend to know what that means.

Or Silent Movie, The Producers, The 2000 Year Old Man, High Anxiety, The Electric Company, To Be or Not to Be, Life , Stinks, he is such a hack.


The Producers is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen...and the musical was even better. I still listen to the soundtrack while I'm in the car.
 
2013-10-22 02:42:29 AM  

darkjezter: I thought Robin Hood: Men in Tights was hilarious when I was 12 years old. But when I rewatched as an adult I was dismayed by how unfunny it was. Definitely not on the same level as Brooks' earlier stuff.


Better than Prince of Thieves, which it was spoofing. I think the hate comes from specificity. Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein were lampooning entire genres (and in the case of BS, the entire 'old hollywood' industry by the end of the film), whereas, starting with Spaceballs, he had a more precise aim. Brooks will always be one of my heroes for this quote:
"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die."

That is some profound sh*t right there

/His spoofs are still way ahead of anything with 'Naked Gun' or 'Scary Movie' in the title
//Also, History of the World, Part I is probably the funniest movie ever
 
mhd
2013-10-22 03:00:14 AM  

OgreMagi: You must be German.


Hey, Mel Brooks is pretty big in Germany. We even had a dubbed version of "When Things Were Rotten" on TV when I grew up.

/called "Robi Robi Robin Hood". Don't ask me why.
 
2013-10-22 04:51:15 AM  

mhd: OgreMagi: You must be German.

Hey, Mel Brooks is pretty big in Germany. We even had a dubbed version of "When Things Were Rotten" on TV when I grew up.

/called "Robi Robi Robin Hood". Don't ask me why.


I assume because there's already a movie an entire arthouse genre in Germany called "Men In Tights".
 
2013-10-22 05:38:53 AM  
All of these comments, and no mention on Get Smart?

/there's one for reruns on cheap TV and/or Netflix...
 
2013-10-22 06:56:22 AM  

Funbags: Its always feels good to romanticize a guy's career when he's close to death, but any objective summary of Brooks' directorial output consists of 10% Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Space Balls, and 90% unfunny derivative turdlings we'd rather pretend never happened.

Also, Conan couldn't interview himself out of a pair of tweezers, and I don't pretend to know what that means.


Are you really as clueless as you're sounding? Brooks not only had an impeccable sense for comedic content, timing and rhythm, he was also extremely prescient in his sense of casting. Can't fault you on Conan, but that's because I cut my teeth on Johnny Carson.

Also, there's more to an interview than meets the eye. Certain individuals just interview better. Usually the more creative ones, skilled at keeping people entertained with their wit. They come to the interview prepared, whether or not they have a particular product they're promoting, or just promoting their selves. Then you have the "vehicles", picked and promoted for qualities other then their wit. They tend to be the most "plastic", capable of being shaped, but bringing little in the way of form to the interview. They invariably end up being boring, and usually appear stoned because they seem so obtuse.
 
2013-10-22 07:11:25 AM  
I don't know about this beaming stuff, is it safe?
www.movieactors.com

Scotty beamed me last week, it was wonderful
filmdope.com
 
2013-10-22 07:34:54 AM  

theflatline: not only does not he have my respect for his movies. but for this.

[api.ning.com image 280x390]


Agreed.  Very attractive and funny woman.  He still loves her with all his heart.
 
2013-10-22 07:40:57 AM  
Great interview.  He looks like a 20 year old in a 90-year old's body, which is the only depressing thing.  I laughed through it all, and teared up a bit when he talked about Anne Bancroft.

I think all of his movies are great.  I even enjoy the later stuff, particularly robin hood.  Sure, its lowbrow compared to the early work, but its ridiculousness is what makes it funny.
 
2013-10-22 09:36:19 AM  

darkjezter: buntz: It's a shame his last few films were SO bad (although I have a soft spot in my heart for "To Be or Not To Be" he didn't direct it), but Robin Hood, Dracula, Life Stinks.... bad movies.

I thought Robin Hood: Men in Tights was hilarious when I was 12 years old.  But when I rewatched as an adult I was dismayed by how unfunny it was.  Definitely not on the same level as Brooks' earlier stuff.


Here's the thing: Mel Brooks coasting on fumes is still funnier than almost anything else being produced nowadays. I never saw Men In Tights until last year... sure, a lot of the humor was forced but there were still plenty of genuine laughs to be had. IMO saying a modern-era Brooks movie isn't as funny as his earlier classics is the epitome of praising with faint damnation.
 
2013-10-22 09:45:54 AM  

toyotaboy: I don't know about this beaming stuff, is it safe?
[www.movieactors.com image 533x356]

Scotty beamed me last week, it was wonderful
[filmdope.com image 320x240]


Its good to be the president.
 
2013-10-22 10:01:33 AM  

buntz: It's a shame his last few films were SO bad (although I have a soft spot in my heart for "To Be or Not To Be" he didn't direct it), but Robin Hood, Dracula, Life Stinks.... bad movies.

But his earlier stuff is legend

(you know, as much as Spaceballs is loved, it doesn't compare to Young Frankenstein or Blazing Saddles.  The problem with Spaceballs, and beyond, was that he would start to explain the jokes, and that was his downfall)

Example:  In Robin Hood, there was a character named "Blinkin"
So Blinkin enters the scene and another character says "Hey, Blinkin!"
And Blinkin says "Abe Lincoln?!"

That's the joke.  Leave it there.  It's funny.  But he insists on explaining it by having the other character say "No, I said 'Hey, Blinkin'"

Now the joke isn't funny anymore.


I'm a fan of Robin Hood. Dracula Dead and Loving It need some help. But had a few moments of laugh out loud funny.

"B.B.B I'm English"
"So are these"


"WRONG ME! WRONG ME! WRONG MY BRAINS OUT!"


"I don't understand it! he's covered in blood and there's not a drop on you!"
" I have been to many stakings- you have to know where to stand! You know, everything in life is location, location, location... "
 
2013-10-22 10:15:03 AM  
It's sad he can drop F bombs continually but can't say N.
 
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