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 remembers Sid Caesar, the man who gave him his first big break...and tells why his fellow TV writers-among them Woody Allen, Buck Henry, and Neil Simon-hated him (at first).