All About Me, Mel Brooks
Growing up poor in Brooklyn to headlining at Radio City Music Hall, Brooks takes us through his entire life and in comedy. He learned early in the Catskills while performing a huge lesson – don’t give the audience what they expect, rather give them what they don’t know and what they don’t expect and maybe you’ll get an even bigger explosion of laughter. He applied that principle to nearly every movie he ever wrote, directed, and starred in. A WW II veteran who had a chance meeting at the Copa and met Sid Ceasar which changed his life in comedy… they played on comedy not being a series of one-liners but a satire on the human race about people and their stories. Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs… he takes you through all his films and provides you the inspiration and collaborations behind the ideas of his work. As the title says, he loves himself, but at the same time never takes himself seriously, which allowed his movies a projection of laughter we can all use in our lives.