Mel Brooks Gives a Rare Interview About his TV Career on the Internet Radio Show TV Time Machine.Com

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Mel Brooks, film and comedy legend, gives a rare one-hour interview about his TV career on the Internet radio show TV Time Machine, hosted by TV historian Jim Benson. Mel Brooks talks about his professional and personal life and his work on such classic TV Shows as Get Smart and Your Show of Shows.

Mel Brooks talks about his TV career in a one-hour interview on the Internet radio show TV Time Machine (, hosted by TV historian Jim Benson.

On TV Time Machine, Mel Brooks gives his most comprehensive interview ever about his fifty-year contribution to television. Among other topics, Mr. Brooks talks about working with comedy legends Sid Caesar, Neil Simon and Woody Allen on the classic 1950's TV series, Your Show of Shows, and how he created the classic TV spy spoof Get Smart with Buck Henry, the basis for the 2008 film starring Steve Carrell and Anne Hathaway

While his films such as The Producers and Young Frankenstein have made him famous, few are aware of the extraordinary contribution Mel Brooks has made to the small screen. "In 1948, I was approached to do a television show called The Admiral Broadway Revue," says Brooks. "At the time I said, 'what's television? I'm not sure this is smart. Beware of graven images. Television might take your soul, it might make you empty!'"    

Mel Brooks also discusses his personal life and experiences on TV Time Machine, including his service in World War II as a Combat Engineer (where his job consisted of de-activating German land mines). Brooks reminisces about growing up in Brooklyn, New York, and watching musicals on Broadway as a young boy, which ultimately inspired him to bring The Producers and Young Frankenstein to the stage, nearly seventy-years later.

A true comedy legend, Mel Brooks has won all the gold in the entertainment industry: multiple Emmys, Tony's, Grammies, and Academy Awards. In his 60-year career, he's been the producer, actor, writer and director of such films as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, and Spaceballs. His stage musicals based on his movies The Producers and Young Frankenstein have taken Broadway by storm, winning multiple accolades and awards.

TV Time Machine is a unique Internet radio show that explores classic TV and its influence over the past five decades. TV Time Machine is more than a nostalgia trip. It also spotlights TV's impact on our culture and society, and explores how present day television and its movers and shakers are still influenced by the stories, programs, and characters of television's past.

Host Jim Benson has interviewed a multitude of legendary TV celebrities, authors and experts on his radio show, covering topics ranging from Mr. Ed to Meet the Press. Mr. Benson has been a TV historian for over twenty-five years, contributing his expertise to dozens of TV productions--most recently an appearance on Penn & Teller's Bullshit!, and as Historical Consultant on Universal Studios DVD release of Rod Serling's Night Gallery: Season Two.

Jim Benson, host, TV Time Machine


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