VIDEO: First Look - MEL BROOKS STRIKES BACK! on HBO
From the groundbreaking TV series "Your Show of Shows" to landmark films like "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein," Mel Brooks has been one of the most influential voices in comedy. Now, this entertainment legend looks back on his remarkable career in Mel Brooks STRIKES BACK!, debuting MONDAY, DEC. 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively onHBO.
OtherHBO playdates: Dec. 13 (noon, 8:00 p.m.), 15 (3:00 p.m.), 18 (2:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 21 (5:00 p.m.), 23 (noon) and 25 (5:30 a.m.)
HBO2 playdate: Dec. 27 (noon, 8:00 p.m.)
Appearing onstage with Alan Yentob, creative director for the BBC, at the Geffen Theater in Westwood, Cal. before a live audience, Brooks reviews his career as a writer, director, actor, producer, composer, failed ballet dancer and comedian. The special looks at the Brooklyn native's early life, show-business influences, early career and ascension as one of Hollywood's most successful writers and directors.
Mel Brooks STRIKES BACK! also features clips from some of his classic movies and TV work, including "Your Show of Shows," featuring Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner, one of Brooks and Reiner's "2000 Year Old Man" routines and the movies "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles" and "High Anxiety." Brooks also takes questions from the audience, discussing his experiences in World War II and the origins of the song "Retreat," which he performs in a clip with longtime collaborator Ronny Graham.
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