I was expecting just eight minutes or so on the phone talking with Mel Brooks about his new DVD/CD/Book Collection "The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy." But as you'll hear in my You Tube video above, when Mel Brooks wants to talk, you don't try to stop him (not that I wanted to!).
I had to toil mightily to cut our 45-minute chat down to three short segments. In this part, Mel tells me about his early days in show biz (as "The Man of a Thousand Faces"), his classic character The 2,000 Year Old Man...and why he loves being Jewish.