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Mel Brooks Strikes Back and Discusses Career in New HBO Special

To reflect on his landmark films, including ‘Blazing Saddles’ and ‘Young Frankenstein,’ and his groundbreaking television series, ‘Your Show of Shows,’ Mel Brooks was interviewed by Alan Yentob for the new HBO special, ‘Mel Brooks Strikes Back!’ The one-hour special will debut exclusively on the premium cable network on Monday, December 10 at 9pm ET/PT.

The director and screenwriter spoke with Yentob, the creative director for the BBC, at the Geffen Theater in Westwood, California, before a live audience. Brooks discussed his career as a writer, director, actor, producer, composer, failed ballet dancer and comedian. The special also offers an insight into the filmmaker’s early life and career, show-business influences and his ascension as one of Hollywood’s most successful writers and directors.

‘Mel Brooks Strikes Back!’ also features clips from some of the filmmaker’s classic films and shows, including ‘The Producers’ and ‘High Anxiety.’ Brooks also answered questions from the audience, as well as discuss the origins of the song ‘Retreat,’ which he performed on the special with longtime collaborator Ronny Graham.

‘Mel Brooks strikes Back!’ is a Brooksfilms Production, and was produced by Steve Haberman and Rudy DeLuca. It’s Brooks’ second HBO special, following last year’s Emmy-nominated program ‘Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again.’

Check out the trailer preview for ‘Mel Brooks Strikes Back!’ below.

Written by: Karen Benardello

Mel Brooks Strikes Back and Discusses Career in New HBO Special

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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