The one and only Mel Brooks is amidst a gigantic media splash this week – starting with:
1: Interview with Jeesie Thorn on Bullseye Sunday, May 19, 8 p.m.
2. Interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, Monday, May 20, 6 p.m.
3. Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, American Masters Monday, May 20, 9 p.m.
Jessie Thorn write about Mel Brooks:
It’s hard to imagine what American comedy would look like without Mel Brooks. With a sharp eye for parody, a seemingly infinite supply of gags, and enough destruction of the fourth wall to make a postmodern novelist blush, his work has set the tone for countless comedy TV shows and films. It’s hard to imagine SNL‘s relentless TV parodies without Your Show Of Shows(which Brooks wrote for alongside Sid Caesar back in the 50s), The Simpsons without his filmography full of sly pop-culture references, or the careers of Airplane! creators Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker without Brooks’ shameless love of (self-admittedly) awful jokes.