Dragon Digital Radio

Mel Brooks

July 17, 2020

Mention the name Mel Brooks and people immediately start sharing stories about their favorite scenes in "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein" and "High Anxiety." In this episode, HCC film professors Marie Westhaver and Mike Giuliano laugh as they describe some of their own favorites. They go on to discuss this comedian's early career, in which he and fellow writers including Woody Allen and Neil Simon created skits for Sid Caesar's landmark TV show "Your Show of Shows" in the 1950s. After making his directorial debut with "The Producers" in 1968, Brooks went on to make a string of hit movies in the 1970s. Depending upon your perspective, he took movie comedy to either new heights or new depths. Marie and Mike have fun sharing examples of how Mel Brooks turned bad taste into an art form.