Thursday, September 1, 2011
Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again, which features these two Modern Comic Heroes together in conversation before a live audience, and premieres on HBO on September 9, is only one hour long.
I'm trying to type through the tears. The question is, do we even want to see an hour of this, if we can't see at least ten?
At least we can see a couple of minutes of it right now.
Apparently the genesis of The 2,000-Year-Old Man will be discussed, along with a popup from Carl Reiner:
In this clip, Brooks shares an anecdote about George Burns and Jack Benny:
Interestingly, Brooks repeats Burns' joke, in almost the exact same situation, during his landmark 1975 Playboy interview with Brad Darrach. "Brooks looks up, startled," Darrach writes. "An actor wearing a Planet of the Apes mask is strolling down the corridor outside Brooks's office, as though there were nothing in the least unusual about his appearance. He glances casually into Brooks's office. Just as casually, Brooks gives him a nod. 'Hiya, kid. Workin'?'"
Cavett and Brooks have sparkled in conversation on many previous occasions. Here's one of my favorite examples, from a 1971 Dick Cavett Show. In this clip, Brooks discusses the filming of The Twelve Chairs, becomes the inept wine expert Pierre LeTongue, and responds to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
UPDATE (9/10): Cavett writes about Brooks, their history together, and the upcoming HBO special in his latest online column for the New York Times.