VIDEO: Sneak Peek - HBO's MEL BROOKS STRIKES BACK!
Appearing onstage with Alan Yentob, creative director for the BBC, at the Geffen Theater in Westwood,CA 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 movvies and TV work, including "Your Show of Shows," featuring Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner, on 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. The special marks his second appearance on HBO in recent years, following 2011's Emmy nominated special 'Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again."